Gang Rape Fuels Fresh Protests In Sudan

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Demonstrators marched in Khartoum after a government official said coup forces had gangraped a young woman. Rallies in Khartoum and several other cities were called after reports of the assault.

Demonstrators marched in Sudan’s capital Khartoum after a government official said coup forces had gangraped a young woman.

The coup forces stationed at the Massalamiya bridge in central Khartoum arrested and raped a university student while two of her female colleague succeeded to escape.

Rallies in Khartoum and several other cities were called after reports of the assault emerged late on Monday. One flyer read: “Wars are not fought on women’s bodies.”

The raped young South Sudanese woman, who was not a protester, was on a public bus when coup forces fired tear gas, causing passengers to disembark.

The International Service for Human Rights has said in a statement: “Since the military coup on 25 October 2021, Sudanese women human rights defenders 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.”

These cases fall clearly under the definition of Crimes Against Humanity, article 7.

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