Protests in Sudan erupted on 9/23/13, when the government announced another round of cuts to fuel subsidies, causing petrol prices to climb. Thousands of demonstrators marched in several cities in Sudan, including in the capital Khartoum and its surrounding suburbs to protest the government’s decision to lift the fuel subsidies. Police forces responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition killing and injuring hundreds of protestors, including children. The police also arrested a yet unknown number of demonstrators. The violence against the protestors has left more than 100 people dead, according to several social media sources. Medical doctors in one hospital reported that they have received 27 bodies. Reports in international media also speak of a similar or higher number of casualties.
The violence against the protestors is part of the Sudanese government’s long history of dictatorial practices and systematic violations of human rights against its citizens.
These recent protests in Sudan are considered the largest protests since President Omer Albashier seized power in 1989. Albashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, as well as genocide in Darfur that claimed the lives of more than 300,000.
We cannot allow this horrific violence in response to peaceful protests to continue. We call on concerned world citizens to help us protect the protestors in Sudan from police and security forces violence. We also call on human rights organizations to investigate the use of excessive force against citizens exercising their fundamental rights.
Here are our demands:
*We demand the right to peaceful protests in Sudan
*We demand the end of violence against peaceful protestors in Sudan
*We demand the end of arbitrary arrests of activists and protestors without valid legal basis.
*We demand the immediate release of all activists and protestors currently detained in Sudan
*We demand the accountability and prosecution of police and security forces involved in the killing and torture of protestors and civilians.