HRW calls on the Sudanese coup military to protect the rights of the people and to release the prisoners

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Sudan’s military leaders, who are behind the country’s takeover on Monday, to respect and protect citizens’ rights and release detainees such as Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

“The military junta must not jeopardize the victims and the hard work of Sudanese from all walks of life for a more just and right-wing respectful Sudan,” said HRW Africa Director Mausi Segundo.

HRW calls on the Sudanese coup military to protect the rights of the people and to release the prisoners
HRW calls on the Sudanese coup military to protect the rights of the people and to release the prisoners

After the arrest of Hamdok and several other politicians in the country, the president of the Sovereign Transitional Council of Sudan, the military officer Abdelfatá al Burhan, announced the dissolution of this body and the transitional government on Tuesday.

For his part, Segu added that the military authorities “must instruct the security forces” to “respect and protect” the right to protest and that any member who uses excessive force will be held accountable “immediately”.

After hearing the news of the military’s first steps to carry out the coup in Sudan, the Sudanese Professionals Association – an organization that sponsored the mobilizations in 2018 – urged citizens to take to the streets to support their “revolution” defend.

In this context, a large military presence was reported in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and even this Tuesday the first three dead from gunfire were reported.

HRW has contacted two protesters who denounced that they were met with live ammunition when they were concentrated near the Sudanese armed forces.

On the flip side, the organization criticized the cuts in internet connectivity, noting that “access to timely and accurate information, especially at such a sensitive time, is vital and that officials should never make sweeping and arbitrary closings to the.” Stop flow “. information or the impairment of people’s ability to express political opinions. “

The transitional authorities were established following an agreement between the military junta that emerged after the 2019 coup against the autocrat Omar Hasan al Bashir and various civil organizations and opposition political formations. This government has launched a series of social and economic reforms and has reached a peace agreement with key rebel groups in Darfur and other areas of the country.

However, Human Rights Watch complained that “impunity for security violations remains widespread” in Sudan as the military authorities refused to cooperate in some investigations to obtain evidence.

In the social field, the African country has experienced tensions and disputes over a military government or the continued existence of civil authority for several months. There was an attempted coup at the end of September, which was finally suppressed. A few days later, in mid-October, a sit-in took place in front of the presidential palace in which Hamdok’s resignation was demanded in favor of the military seizure of power.

In response, the opposite happened on October 21, and it was the “supporters of democracy” who took to the streets and reiterated their demands for a civilian government, summarizes HRW.

“The stakes could not be higher at the moment … Sudan’s international and regional partners must make it clear that small but important steps to repair the damage of the past and to create a more positive legal framework should not be lost,” said Gemäss.

HRW’s Africa director has ruled that the human rights situation on the ground “will be closely monitored and the military will be urged to release all political prisoners and end arbitrary restrictions on fundamental rights”.

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