Penalty for desertion [SDN30075.E]

Sources consulted by the Research Directorate, including the Embassy of Sudan in Ottawa and the War Resisters' International were unable to provide any current information on the penalty for desertion. However, SDN4218.E of 15 March 1990 may be of interest.

An official in charge of the national service declared that Sudan would set up a special tribunal for young deserters (AFP 12 June 1998). Citing an independent newspaper, a 5 September 1996 AP article states that men who avoid doing their national military service would be denied a work permit.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Agence France Presse (AFP). 12 June 1998. "Tribunal special pour les deserteurs." (NEXIS)

Associated Press (AP). 5 September 1996. "Government Orders Youth to Sign Up for Military Service." (NEXIS)"

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential [London]. 1991-August 1998.

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Cambridge]. 1992- June 1998.

Sudan Democratic Gazette [London]. January - June 1998.

Resource Centre country file. Sudan 1990-August 1998.

West Africa [London]. 1993- May 1998.

Electronic sources: IRB Databases, LEXIS/NEXIS, Internet, World News Connection (WNC).

Oral sources :

Embassy of Sudan, Ottawa.

War Resisters' International [London].