4 Aug 2020

Justice Party

The Justice Party was founded in 2002 by former NCP politicians. Amongst them were Mekki Ali Belayel, a former presidential advisor from the Nuba Mountains, as well as Amin Banani Neo, who comes from South Darfur and had been State Minister of Justice, and Dr. Lam Akol Ayawin, who is from South Sudan and was dismissed as minister of transport upon his party change. At the founding conference the party leadership sharply criticised the NCP dominated government.

It declared as its main objective the need to address social injustices of the marginalized areas within a federal system. While it advocated self-determination for South Sudan and endorsed the Machakos Protocol that paved the way for the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) , it favoured unity of the country. At the same time it pointed to underdeveloped regions of Northern Sudan, particularly Darfur. In a statement the new party stressed “that it has a national attitude and seeks to attract all the Sudanese”. Dr. Akol declared the Justice Party a “centre right party” which tolerates all faiths.

In 2003 the party chairman, retired General Tawfiq Salih Abu Kadouk, was temporarily detained on suspected relations with the outbreak of the rebellion in Darfur. Further arrests of party activists followed. While the Justice party does have strong links and concerns with Darfur, it has vehemently distanced itself from the Darfuri rebel “Justice and Equality Movement” and strictly denounced violent means.

In 2004 the party initiated a number of “grassroots conferences” under the new leadership of Belayel in preparation of its first general conference. Subsequent to the CPA of 2005 the Justice Party entered into a political dialogue with the ruling NCP. In 2007 the two parties were reported to have signed “an agreement calling for adherence to national unity (and) democratic transformation”. At a conference on “Traditional Leadership” in the Nuba Mountains party chairman Belayel emphasized the party’s motto “justice for all; respect everybody” and the importance of gender issues : “It is for women to take their rights and be part of the decision-making”.

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