Sudan: UN chief deplores excessive force used against pro-democracy protesters, calls on military and civilian leaders to ‘stay the course’ in negotiations (04.06.2019)

Mr. Guterres reminded the Transitional Military Council of its responsibility for the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan.

NEW YORK, United States of America, June 4, 2019 – Security forces in Sudan fired on pro-democracy protesters in the capital Khartoum on Monday, leaving a number of dead and many more injured, prompting the United Nations chief’s condemnation and an appeal for “peaceful dialogue” to resume.

Secretary-General António Guterres “strongly condemns the violence” and “the use of force to disperse the protestors at the sit-in site”, said a statement issued by his Spokesperson, adding he was also alarmed at reports that “security forces have opened fire inside medical facilities”.

Mr. Guterres reminded the Transitional Military Council of its responsibility for “the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan”, and urged all parties to “act with utmost restraint”, including their responsibility to uphold “the human rights of all citizens, including the right to freedom of assembly and of expression”

He also called for “unimpeded access to deliver essential care” at the sit-in site outside army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, and in hospitals “where the wounded are treated” and urged the Sudanese authorities to “facilitate an independent investigation into the deaths and to hold those responsible accountable”.

“The Secretary-General urges the parties to pursue peaceful dialogue and to stay the course in the negotiations over the transfer of power to a civilian-led transitional authority, as required by the African Union (AU)”, the statement continued.

It concluded with the UN chief’s commitment to working with the AU in support of the process, saying that the UN “stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting peace”.

For her part, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called the peaceful demonstrations in Sudan “an inspiration” as the protesters worked “to engage with the Transitional Military Council”.

“I utterly deplore the apparent use of excessive force in the protest camps” she said.

Ms. Bachelet noted that reports stating that live ammunition was used by security forces next to, and even inside, medical facilities are “extremely alarming”.

“I urge the security forces to immediately halt such attacks, and to ensure safe, unimpeded access to medical care for all”, she asserted.

Ms. Bachelet stressed that “those exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression must be protected, not targeted or detained”, calling it “a fundamental tenet of international human rights law”.

“The use of excessive force must be promptly and independently investigated and those responsible brought to justice” she spelled out, adding that the human rights violations that have marked Sudan’s history, and sparked the sustained protests over the past six months, “must not be allowed to continue”.

“This is a real setback”, she concluded.

When the three-decade autocratic rule of President Omar al-Bashir ended in a military takeover in April, hope sprung anew in the African nation. However, as talks faltered between the ruling Transitional Military Council and protesters’ leaders over the timetable for civilian rule, violence ensued.

Sudan: The TMC colonized Khartoum today!

Rapid Support Forces soldier records the massacre. He says: “kill them all. They took away my holiday” The woman at the end is asked “military or civilian (governmentt)?” Under durress, she says “military,” The soldier responds “If you said civilian, I will show you.”” (Sudan In The News, 03.06.2019).

Well, the dreadful news is out. The internet is blocked, the news coming out from Sudan is through VPN. While the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) combined with Rapid Support Force (RSF) assaulted the public, killed and burned the places where the sit-in protest has lasted since April 2019.

Now today, the Sudan’s Doctors Committee says atleast 30 people are killed, but hard to verify, as people haven’t gotten to hospitals. As several of hospitals been blocked or even attacked by the state security agents. Also, reports of bodies dropped into the river Nile. As well, hundreds of wounded people, but not sure about the full extent, as the authorities are controlling it all.

The RSF and others have tried to assault, kill and even sexually assault people in broad-daylight, as they have directly annexed the capital with force. They have come in as a foreign invader and colonized Khartoum. The Transitional Military Council, the leadership of it has not showed character, but instead their thirst of blood.

These men whose in charge of the TMC are shown what they are, they are warlords and despots, as evil and sinister as the henchmen of a dictator would be. They show why Omar Al-Bashir trusted them until the end. Because, they have no heart and no care. The TMC are now having more bodies on their heads, than can be verified and surely they will do whatever to downplay the excessive force used. As the Sit-In is a burned field of former barricades and camps blown away. As they used live-bullets, blocked roads and took people out of cars to assault them.

The live footage from Khartoum is devastating and that is just minor moments of what happened. As the TMC, the RSF and NISS had no interest in getting this broadcast. Surely, the want to kill the revolution and not give way for civilian rule, but they are just showing why the public want this. Because, who can trust people who senselessly kills and destroys without any prewarning. Who can trust leaders who are cowards with guns, who cannot stand up and listen to the will of the people. These are weak men with arms, not leaders, they are cowards, petty criminals with temporary power.

The TMC are living on borrowed time, they will answer for their crimes, the Forces of Freedom and Change Declaration (FFCD) and the Sudanese Professional Authority will react to this and call for more demonstrations. As they will say, this is the reason why the military have to give way for civilian rule. They are proving why the coup d’etat isn’t changing anything, because the head is different, but the acts is the same. The TMC is just as bad as the previous master.

The TMC can act a fool and come out with statements, but the deceased, the fatalities will speak, the innocent civilians hurt and living in fear. Is the memo to the world of the atrocities and level of killings they will do to stay in power. It is officially 30 dead, but we know there was plenty more. As the people didn’t dare to go out of their houses, they were afraid going to the hospitals, where the RSF was awaiting their destiny. This is how these sinister acts go.

The TMC will be remembered for this, these acts of evil. They got blood on their hands and it will haunt them, just like the rest of them. At one point it will get caught up and destroy them. The TMC is only protecting itself, not the people. The army is supposed to protect the territory and the citizens of it, not colonize and destroy it to rule, but that is what it does. Peace.

UN Human Rights Chief deplores killings and detentions amid peaceful protests in Sudan (03.06.2019)

Reports that live ammunition was used by security forces next to, and even inside, medical facilities are extremely alarming.

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 3, 2019 –  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday strongly deplored the use of live ammunition in protest camps in Khartoum, which reportedly resulted in a number of people being killed and injured. Their leaders have also reportedly been detained.

“The protestors in Sudan have over the past few months been an inspiration, peacefully demonstrating and working to engage with the Transitional Military Council,” High Commissioner Bachelet said. “I utterly deplore the apparent use of excessive force in the protest camps. Reports that live ammunition was used by security forces next to, and even inside, medical facilities are extremely alarming. I urge the security forces to immediately halt such attacks, and to ensure safe, unimpeded access to medical care for all.”

Bachelet stressed that “those exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression must be protected, not targeted or detained. This is a fundamental tenet of international human rights law.”

“Once again, I appeal to the transitional authorities to make a concerted effort towards a swift transition to a civilian administration,” Bachelet said. “The use of excessive force must be promptly and independently investigated and those responsible brought to justice. The human rights violations that have marked Sudan’s history, and sparked the sustained protests over the past six months, must not be allowed to continue. This is a real setback.”

Sudan: The TMC shown its true colours today!

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) with it renegade men that have been in-charge behind the scenes and with various leadership role under President Omar Al-Bashir. They have cleaned the streets, burned the villages and created the hurt of 3 decades in power. Today, they shown their true colours.

As the TMC uses the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and Rapid Support Force (aka Janjaweed) on the sit-in demonstrations in Khartoum. There are variable data on the ground, but surely there are fatalities as the tear-gas, live-bullets and the skirmishes continues in patterns used in Darfur by the same military organization in the past.

There are reports of blocked hospitals, not allowing in medical personnel to treat the wounded. Neither are the any help for the deceased. The biggest number in Khartoum that has been reported is 14 dead and 100s wounded. Who knows at this point and to what extent the TMC will go into the sit-in with force, as they have support from United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. They are clearly intending to get another tyrant on the throne after the previous left building.

The TMC is sponsoring and ordering mass shooting into the crowds. As the Sudanese Professional Associations (SPA) have called out for more civil disobedience, roadblocks, closure of bridges and whatnot to protest the acts of the military government. International journalist are barred from the ground and is not allowed to leave their hotels as the armed guards are house arresting them. The Airport is also closed off. Therefore, the footage and reports are from the demonstrators on the ground itself.

The death toll of Khartoum will only rise, as that is the effect of this violence, the crime against the humanity and this acts of evil of the TMC. Who thinks this is the way to govern by intimidation and fear, by use of the gun and silence the opposition. That is what the TMC is actively doing.

The Deputy of the TMC, the well-known Warlord Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, the RSF and former Janjaweed General knows exactly what his forces are doing in the streets of Khartoum today. This is calculated and deadly force, excessive to control and dismantle the civilian dissidents. As the guns, the destruction of society in a way of getting his will. This man with his army will do whatever it takes to get the spoils. He has awaited this and surely will not surrender to a civilian authority, because that means his sins of the past plus the ones done know. Will put him courtside and he cannot handle that.

There are other in the TMC, but his the prominent one and the ones who uses his army to his advantage, as the civilians are dying. This army, this militia isn’t used to keep people safe, but keep the generals safe. They clearly have misunderstood their mandate. Alas, that is where the greed and power comes in.

The Deputy are viciously and continuously attacking the public, awaiting it to surrender. As they are prolonging the revolution started last year. He cannot accept the civilian negotiations and thinks with the support of foreign allies, which he can get away with it. However, the skulls, the souls that he has taken, will haunt him and his fellow comrades. They will all answer for their deaths. At one point or another.

Today, we are seeing the destruction, the massive assault on peaceful demonstrations at a scale we cannot find words to express. A bloodshed, a massive proof of the sinister acts of men. To the point of bloodbath. That is what is happening. This is the state sponsored violence leads too. Peace.

Sudan: The TMC and RSF should be held responsible for the massacre at the strike site (03.06.2019)

*The Transitional Military Council and the Rapid Support Forces should be held responsible for the massacre at the strike site.
The African Union and the UN Security Council should take resolutions for an immediate handover to a democratic civilian-led government.*

The Transitional Military Council and the Rapid Support Forces are fully responsible for the massacre at the strike site at the army headquarters which resulted, up to now, in the killing of more than 12 people and hundreds more are wounded of those who are striking. This is an ugly crime that should be accounted for. We ask the African Union, the UN Security Council, the Troika, the EU, and all peace loving members of the international community to take immediate resolutions for the Transitional Military Council to hand over power to a democratic civilian government led by the Forces of Freedom and Change and for the immediate resolution of war in Sudan.

We call upon Sudanese outside of Sudan to double their efforts in supporting the people of Sudan at this very critical time.

Yasir Arman

Sudan: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Immunities/45/1 – Unofficial Translation (30.05.2019)

Sudanese Professional Association – Open Call for Urgent Action: Risk of Escalating Violence in the Sit-in area in Khartoum (30.05.2019)

Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ms. Gwi-Yeop Son, on the looting of humanitarian supplies in Kalma internally displaced persons (IDP) camp (30.05.2019)

Over the past month there were at least two other incidents of looting of humanitarian supplies in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Darfur.

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 30, 2019 – The Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) in Sudan, Gwi-Yeop Son, strongly condemns the attacks on humanitarian offices, assets and the looting of humanitarian supplies that took place on 28 May in Kalma internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Nyala, South Darfur.

“I condemn these acts and call upon the responsible authorities to launch a swift investigation and bring those liable to account,” Ms. Son said.

Over the past month there were at least two other incidents of looting of humanitarian supplies in IDP camps in Darfur.

It is particularly concerning that these acts took place in IDP camps, which are considered humanitarian space where displaced people and humanitarian organisations must not be subjected to threats, harassment, attacks or harm.

“Attacks against aid workers violate international humanitarian law (IHL), and jeopardize the  provision of life-saving aid to people in need,” Ms. Son stated.

Kalma IDP camp is one of the largest in Darfur, hosting some 128,000 people, according to humanitarian partners.

The humanitarian community in Sudan denounces all forms of violence and calls upon all stakeholders to respect, facilitate and protect the delivery of humanintarian assistance in Sudan.

In 2019, the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) partners aim to provide 4.4 million people in Sudan with humanitarian assistance.

Sudan: TMC and FCD talks is stalled [Because the TMC doesn’t want Civilian Authority]

As the Sudanese Revolution continues, the Transitional Military Council continues to hold all the cards, while not willing to give their power and their cards away. Even if the whole reason for the revolution sparked last December 2018 is still continuing strong. As the sit-in at the Military Headquarters continues and the FCD is having more power to demonstrate nationwide. Still, the TMC is keeping it close to their chest and not giving way.

The TMC continues to persist on another 3 year grace period after the fall of President Omar Al-Bashir. While keeping a close circle of former allies and relics of the previous leadership at bay. One member of the TMC, the former leader of the Rapid Support Force aka Janjaweed, the current VP of the TMC, Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo aka “Himaditi” have said to the professionals who are engaging in civil disobedience and strikes after the stalled talks will be dismissed. This is what has been said by him in a footage leaked online. Clearly, he lives by the paradigm of the previous leadership and shows why the TMC cannot be trusted.

Here is a piece of the newest Press Statement from the Sudanese Professional Authority:

Yesterday a new round of talks between the Forces of the Freedom and Change Declaration (FCD) and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) was held and we can say in all transparency that the Military Council is still placing the sovereign council cart before the revolution’s horse and is determined to undermine the FCD objectives. We, at SPA, believe that the cart must be pushed aside to let the revolution’s horse run its course to the finish line. TMC’s insistence on having a sovereign council with a military majority and headed by a military figure falls short of meeting the Revolution’s objectives. The FCD has clearly identified “civil authority” as an indispensable tool for change. Such civil authority cannot be attained by merely replacing an old military power with a new one. FCD’s intention is to have a system of government where all the structures of governance are purely civilian and a civilian majority representation at all levels, including the sovereign. Our armed forces shall undertake the noble and patriotic duty of safeguarding this system” (Sudanese Professional Association – Press Statement, 21.05.2019).

Surely, when someone after a stalled talks and not even trying to be sincere. As it seems the TMC want to set all the boundaries for the talks and also the possible in their terms. Only use the FCD for props for recognition internationally. Even if the sit-in and demonstrations are organized by them and hurting them directly. The TMC might have gotten a huge boost by the sudden donations from the Saudis, which was bountiful and others pledge to do the same. But they will be remembered for keeping a military junta alive, the relics and the remaining military command in-check and not listening to the people on the ground.

These is resilient and hard-working rebels. This is people who has stood and fought since the December last year. The Sudanese have fought the brave fight and continues. Even after the fall of Al-Bashir, his charges and his brother caught in jail too. Still, they prolong their revolution, because they know its the whole system and the people around him who made this government they had. That is why they are fighting the TMC who are filled with people, who was loyal to Al-Bashir into the bitter end. They was his henchmen and his Generals. These was the men who had no trouble getting rid of the enemies of the state, the ones who had the courage to stand-up against the NCP and their army. Certainly, the TMC knows this, but trying to act like a different breed.

When in reality, the different breed is who they are supposed to negotiate with to ensure a swift transition and an escape from the current predicament. The predicament of a prolonged military rule. Which is what the TMC is! Peace.