Sudanese coup forces once again raped a girl they arrested after her participation in protests in Khartoum. The girl was under 18 years old. This is a widespread and systematic attack aimed at women, and by direct order of Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
On this last Monday, Sudanese coup forces once again raped a girl they arrested after her participation in anti-coup protests in Khartoum in what has become a weapon to frighten women from taking to the streets.
The coup forces stationed at the Massalamiya bridge in central Khartoum arrested and raped a university student while her female colleague succeeded to escape. Eyewitnesses said that she was subjected to gang rape by eight soldiers who took her belongings including her mobile. The girl was in her teens.
Selima Khalifa Ishaq, the head of Sudan’s Combating Violence against Women Unit (CVAW), confirmed that a girl was subjected to sexual violence during her participation in the protests.
Al-Burhans coup authorities did not react to the abominable crime.
The International Service for Human Rights has said in a statement: “Since the military coup on 25 October 2021, Sudanese women human rights defenders (WHRDs) have been facing unprecedented attacks. On 19 December 2021, at least 13 women were raped during ongoing protests, and dozens of women protesters reported sexual assault during arrest attempts.”
“Women inside detention are at risk of torture, maltreatment and sexual abuse”, they continue.
One can not help but conclude that these rapes take place on top of orders. Maybe by al-Burhan or Mohamed Dagalo himself. In that case, they fall clearly under the definition of Crimes Against Humanity, article 7.
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