REPUBLIC OF SUDAN: State of emergency intensifies brutal government crackdown on protests

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7 Mar 2019
[International Secretariat]

The Sudanese authorities must end measures to violently crush dissent amid ongoing nationwide protests in the country, Amnesty International said.

Following the declaration of a state of emergency on Friday, the government has deployed large numbers of security forces to target protesters.

Thousands of Sudanese people are again protesting today in various parts of the country. Security officers today invaded the Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman dispersing students.

“The state of emergency is being used by the Sudanese authorities as a justification to flagrantly increase the use of live ammunition and tear gas against protesters, and to torture detainees without any restraint,” said Joan Nyanyuki Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

The Government of Sudan must immediately stop using these extreme measures under the state of emergency. The people have a right to peacefully protest the social, political and economic conditions in the country.”

On Sunday, security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters in Khartoum state. Another group of officers forced their way into the University of Medical Sciences and Technology campus in Khartoum and fired tear gas into classrooms, beat up students and arrested dozens of them.

In Khartoum and Omdurman, security officers and the police force forced their way into people’s homes in Burri on Sunday, firing tear gas, beating up people and confiscating mobile phones.

On Saturday, the security forces broke into a medical doctors' residence near the Khartoum Teaching Hospital and arrested more than 40 of them on accusations that they were organizing the protests.

Those protesting peacefully on the streets must be allowed to have their say and the security forces’ attacks on protesters, arbitrary detention and torture must end immediately.

Since mass anti-government protests began on 19 December 2018, Amnesty International has verified and recorded more than 45 deaths and more than 180 people injured. Government officials say more than 2,600 people have been arrested and detained during the ongoing protests.

25 February 2019

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