Civil Society Appeals to the UN Security Council for Urgent Intervention to Prevent Further Bloodshed in Sudan
Published: 12 Jun 2019
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The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) together with 30 other civil society organisations from all over the world have appealed to the UN Security Council for urgent action to prevent further violence in Sudan and support the people’s efforts for democratic change.
In a letter to the UN Security Council dated 11 June 2019, civil society noted that the TMC had gone against their commitment to hand over power to a civilian-led transitional authority. Instead, more than 118 peaceful protestors have lost their lives, hundred more injured, some raped and doctors harassed while on duty. Internet has been disrupted, RSF militia continue to roam the streets and citizens have been arrested in their hundreds, notably opposition leader Yassir Arman who was held incommunicado for several days before being forcibly deported to Juba.
The organisations state six specific recommended actions that the UN Security Council should take urgently, including ensuring a rapid transfer of power to a civilian authority, and impartial investigations to hold accountable those responsible for violence committed against the people of Sudan. They further caution that these injustices will deteriorate leading to long term consequences on peace and security in Sudan and the region at large, if the international community does not speak with one voice and act urgently.
“We urge the United Nations to support the African Union in their call for a Sudanese government that supports human rights, respects the rule of law and upholds the democratic freedoms for all Sudanese,” the letter reads in part.
Read the full letter