The main purpose of the Jeddah Declaration for the Protection of Civilians signed between the Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces on May 11, 2023, and the seven-day armistice agreement concluded between the two parties on May 20, 2023, which was renewed last Monday evening for a period of five days, was to provide a real opportunity to start addressing the humanitarian disaster. Which afflicts millions of Sudanese.
Although the Jeddah Agreement truce reduced military confrontations between the two parties, the lack of full compliance with it and the violations were paid for by innocent civilians, whose suffering is exacerbated daily due to the continuation of military operations.
In the Forces for Freedom and Change, we affirm our position – which we have been repeatedly declaring in all of our repeated statements since the start of this heinous war – by condemning violations against civilians, including their arrest, breaches of the armistice and non-compliance with the continuation of the clashes between the two parties during it, and the continuation of the aerial bombardment by the armed forces and the continuation of the presence Military forces of the Rapid Support Forces in a number of basic service facilities and encroachment on civilian homes, all of which are acts that the armistice agreement signed in Jeddah on May 20 and its renewal stipulated that it should be refrained from.
We express our deep condemnation and condemnation of the increasing fall and targeting of civilian victims in El Geneina, El Fasher, Zalingei, Nyala, El Obeid and Khartoum. Therefore, we demand an immediate cessation of this targeting, the arrest of all those responsible for these abuses, their announcement, their handing over to justice after life returns to normal, the cessation of any military escalation in those areas and others, and the issuance and announcement of strict orders to prevent And stop any encroachments on the lives, dignity, or property of civilian citizens and consider them a crime punishable by law. We also call for monitoring violations of international human rights law by any party, and the formation of an independent commission for investigation and accountability.
We affirm our previous demand for the need to take advantage of the armistice period to restore the necessary services to citizens, especially water, electricity, and medical services, and to facilitate workers’ access to those sites, provide them with protection, and adhere to the ethical and professional minimum that these services must be provided immediately without delay, delay, or inaction.
In the Forces for Freedom and Change, we affirm our continuation in our role that stems from our national and historical responsibility towards our homeland and our people in our endeavors to end this war by communicating with its two sides and the regional and international parties, and we demand that the two parties strictly adhere to the terms of the armistice agreement and respond to the voice of reason and wisdom and the call of the national conscience to immediately stop the war and adopt the political path Al-Salami is the only option to address the issues of the national crisis, and for the two sides to complete the Jeddah negotiations without interruption or disruption, with all sincerity and seriousness, to put an end to the continuous suffering of our people since its outbreak on April 15, and to stop all violations and damage resulting from it by reaching a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire that ends this war once and for all.
The Forces for Freedom and Change