The US administration on Tuesday stressed the need to restore cooperation between civilians and the Sudanese military in order to restore government, whether or not it is “led by (Prime Minister) (Abdullah) Hamdok”.
“We stress the need for the masses to restore the association led by Hamdok or without Hamdok (…) Washington will not accept any objections to the democratic process in Sudan,” said the US special envoy for the Horn of Africa. Jeffrey Feltman, takes up the Sudanese media ‘Sudan Ajbar’.
Fetlman has praised the “reluctance” with which the Sudanese army reacted to the demonstrations against the coup at the weekend, which he sees as a sign that it is possible to find an understanding between civilians and the military.
Although he regretted that the number of dead and injured was “very high”, he stressed that “security services in general have acted with moderation”.
“I think (this fact) has shown the understanding of the Sudanese people themselves that they must be vigilant and find a way to return to the civil-military partnership that this transition requires,” added the US government envoy. chaired by Joe Biden.
Likewise, Feltman, who has pointed out that “one side cannot marginalize the other”, repeated at a press conference the call to the putschist and president of the disbanded Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdelfatá al Burhan, to take measures to restore the Sudanese government and the government Release of detained civilians.
However, despite Feltman’s words, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a statement containing the statements of its expert on the right to peaceful assembly and association, Clément Voule, asking for all reports of the use of force against peaceful protests to be reported are being researched”.
“While people across Sudan have mobilized and organized peaceful gatherings calling for the military to reestablish civil rule, I have received worrying reports of illegal killings and injuries, including the use of live ammunition to disperse demonstrators Beatings by parts of the military and security personnel, “Voule condemned.
In this context, he called for the military to be withdrawn from the streets of Sudan and for the right to life and physical integrity to be protected, and for all those detained for participating in peaceful protests to be released.
“Concern about the use of militarized forces to deal with peaceful protests is growing as the military and security forces have not been effectively reformed or held accountable for the grave human rights violations perpetrated against protesters in 2019,” added Voule.
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Friday on the situation in Sudan, at which Voule is hoping for a “solid response” that guarantees the “protection of human rights”.
Al Burhan led a coup on Monday, October 25, after weeks of tensions between civilian and military elements in the transitional authorities established in 2019, which was internationally condemned and sparked massive demonstrations in the African country that were violently suppressed … and left behind several dead.
The coup leader confirmed on Friday that Hamdok – who is under house arrest in his home after being arrested for not supporting the coup – is “the first candidate” for the new executive that could be announced this week. However, his government continues to claim to be the legitimate authority and has refused any contact with the military.
According to the transitional authorities, Sudan was the scene of an attempted coup in mid-September by a group of officers of the armed forces who are allegedly connected to former President Omar Hasan al Bashir, which took place in 2019 after months of massive demonstrations against him.
The transitional authorities were established following an agreement between the previous military junta that emerged after the 2019 coup and various civil organizations and political opposition 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.