Human Rights Watch issued a news update today. It testifies about severe abuses of the civilian population. A disinformation campaign is underway on social media. On Twitter, it is alleged that the doctors in CCSDs have murdered all the protesters.
Today, HRW released a news release regarding Sudan. It testifies about severe abuses of the civilian population. At the same time, a disinformation campaign is underway on social media. Who is behind these campaigns is not hard to guess. The campaign consists of pure lies, imaginative claims, unfounded rumors.
On Twitter, one person presented as facts a theory regarding all deaths during al-Burhan’s military coup. This person asserted in all seriousness that the coup forces had not killed anyone. Instead, he claimed that it was in fact the doctors, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors CCSD, who had murdered all the protesters!
As a motive for the doctors’ murder of all these protesters, this rabid person stated “Communism”! The tweet received many positive reactions.
Human Rights Watch also has serious concerns about the situation in Sudan:
Security forces in Sudan have repeatedly attacked or otherwise used excessive unnecessary force, including lethal force, against peaceful demonstrators in Khartoum, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 17, 2022, alone, doctors’ groups recorded seven killings of protesters by live ammunition, three of which Human Rights Watch documented.
Following the October 25 military coup, numerous protests have taken place across Sudan, particularly in the capital, Khartoum. According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, security forces have killed 79 people, including a woman and nine children. January 17 was the second deadliest day since the coup.
“For over three months, Sudan’s security forces have caused serious bodily, often lethal, harm to suppress the protests,” said Mohamed Osman, Sudan researcher at Human Rights Watch. “And yet, emboldened by years of impunity, and a meek international response to their coup, Sudan’s military leaders have been committing grave crimes against civilians without consequences.”
Witnesses said the anti-riot police and Central Reserve Police (CRP), a militarized police unit, led the lethal response on January 17. Six witnesses said that the CRP used live ammunition against unarmed protesters at multiple locations throughout the day. Regular police beat and arrested peaceful protesters.
Around 1 p.m., protesters arrived at the Sharwani bus station, two kilometers south of the Presidential Palace. Three witnesses said that anti-riot police, identifiable by their blue camouflage uniforms, positioned themselves in large numbers not far away. Witnesses said the protesters stopped about 20 meters from the police forces and started chanting.
“Out of nowhere, the anti-riot police started firing teargas at us,” said a 23-year-old protester, who was at the front of the protest. “There was no warning nor provocation from our side.”
Three witnesses confirmed that the police gave no verbal warnings or instructions to disperse before firing the teargas. One protester said that he and others started throwing rocks and teargas canisters back at the police.
Firing teargas canisters directly at people can cause severe injury, especially from such close proximity, and violates international standards. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported in mid-January that more than a quarter of those injured since the coup were hit directly by teargas canisters.
Calls From Regional & International Actors
Calls from regional and international actors for the military to halt the crackdown have had no impact, Human Rights Watch said. Security forces have denied using live ammunition and claimed that they only use an “appropriate amount of force.”
Human Rights Watch documented Central Reserve Police using excessive and lethal force in Khartoum’s Bahri city, on November 17, when 12 protesters were killed. Military units from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and unidentified agents in civilian clothes, have also been involved in abuses against protesters since the coup.
You can read the full news release HERE.
Moreover, I think al-Burhan has lost all dignity, honor and identity.
He is an enemy of God, the Sudanese, and the humanity.
Image: Hossam el-Hamalawy