Mass Protests In Sudan After Military Seize Power

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Sudan Mass Protests: Protests have been taking place in Sudan after its military seized power in a coup. Security forces have used tear gas on crowds and beat people with sticks with reports that many people have been detained.

Sudan had lived under military dictatorship for decades until 2019. Now Sudan’s civilian Prime Minister is under house arrest and pro-democracy demonstrations are being met with force. Sudan’s economy has been in a deep crisis, with high inflation and shortages of food, fuel and medicine.

Sudanese military have continued to arrest civilians including civilian authorities, political activists, human rights defenders, members of resistance committees and others, as mass protests and civil disobedience campaigns against the coup continue.

Sudanese military and security agents are relying on broad powers to arrest and detain people under the Emergency laws and have threatened to bring criminal charges against detainees.

The broad powers under the Emergency law have repeatedly given rise to concerns over arbitrary arrest and detention, ill-treatment and torture, and violations of the right to a fair trial, which are facilitated by the virtually complete absence of safeguards and judicial oversight.

There is a serious safety concern for detainees considering the well-documented use of torture and ill-treatment by Sudanese forces against detainees, particularly while held in unknown locations. Incommunicado detention significantly enhances vulnerability to torture and other ill-treatment.

The disruptions to the internet and mobile connectivity continue to hinder rights to share and receive information, free expression and peaceful assembly as well as communications within and out of Sudan. Communication disruptions have made it difficult to receive monitoring updates in real time.

The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies and Others strongly condemn the violent and disproportionate repression by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of demonstrators who protested peacefully in defiance of this coup d’état. At the time of writing, protests were ongoing. As a result of excessive use of power and live bullets fired on crowds by SAF and RSF, at least 14 people are reported to have died and some 150 or more have been hurt.

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