The UN Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the recent violence in Sudan and called for the immediate cessation of violence against civilians.
In a statement, the council’s members highlighted the “importance of respect for human rights and of ensuring full protection of civilians, accountability and justice”.
The Oppression Continues
It follows a statement earlier in the day by the Central Committee of the Sudanese Doctors, which said at least 11 people were killed and 20 others wounded Monday when the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a faction of the army, opened fire on residents in Central Darfur state.
We have extensive evidence of new war crimes and human rights violations committed by the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces in Darfur.
The RSF must immediately withdraw from any policing and law enforcement operations, especially in Khartoum and Darfur. https://t.co/uXhBYJQGEe
— Amnesty International USA (@amnestyusa) June 12, 2019
The council reaffirmed its strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Sudan.
Sudanese protesters began a nationwide civil disobedience campaign Sunday as part of pressure on the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power to a civilian government.
Many shops and business stayed closed and troops watched the streets of #Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Tuesday, the third day of a civil disobedience campaign called by the opposition to push military rulers to hand over power to civilians. https://t.co/l6GIDrKLz6 pic.twitter.com/DOcAJ6v3vq
— Reuters Africa (@ReutersAfrica) June 11, 2019
More than 100 people have been killed since June 3, when government forces of Sudan broke up a weeks-long sit-in protest outside military headquarters in Khartoum.
At least 100 peaceful protesters were killed during a military crackdown in Sudan — now the country is at a standstill pic.twitter.com/ONNBfqbsk5
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 11, 2019
The TMC later promised to bring the perpetrators to justice, vowing to release the results of an investigation it was conducting into the incident.
The Sudanese People will not be Silenced
(Background analysis by GVS news desk)
The Sudanese military, with the help of the people, overthrew the long-reigning dictator Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir earlier this year. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) was formed to ensure a peaceful transition to civilian government, however, this purpose turned out to be a disguise for the military to take power.
The people of Sudan continued peaceful protests, demanding civilian rule. On the 3rd of June the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), with the support of the TMC opened fire on the peaceful civilian protesters in an attempt to put an end to the ongoing protests.
As a result, a campaign of civil disobedience was started by the people who remained undeterred and adamant.
Anadolu with additional input by GVS news desk