Newsline – 2 April 2010: The peace process in Sudan unravels as major opposition parties pull out of the upcoming election, Dutch HIV/AIDS agencies are angry at plans to cut government funding, and the first Sharia-compliant website all about sex.
Opposition boycott Sudan’s elections
Sudan's five-year-old peace process lies in tatters after leading opposition parties decided not to participate in next week's elections. Some fear that a skewed election result on 11 April could threaten next year's referendum, whereby the mainly the Christian animist south hopes to secede from the Arab north.
Paul Anstiss asked Africa correspondent in Sudan Koert Lindijer what the reaction has been among ordinary people in the south of the country.
Dutch funding for international AIDS projects slashed
Dutch HIV/AIDS organisations are angry at the Development Cooperation Ministry for cutting their funds for international projects. They say the cuts will hit projects in Africa and Asia hard. Eleven Dutch HIV/AIDS organisations applied for millions of euros for international initiatives for the next five years, but the ministry says the proposals aren’t good enough.
Ton Coenen of the Dutch Aids Fund told Radio Netherlands Worldwide's Johan van Slooten what the cuts will mean in practice.
Sharia-compliant website promotes sexual well-being
Some people are calling it the world's first halal online sex shop, but the man behind it insists that's a total misconception. A Dutch-Moroccan businessman has opened the El Asira.nl webshop to promote sexual well-being and sexual awareness among Muslims.
Johan van Slooten asked Abdelaziz Aouragh why he set up the website.