Sudanese American community and human rights activists gathered on Sat April 6 at Times Square for a March to the United Nations, where Sudanese American Community and others living in the United States stood in solidarity with the people of Sudan in their quest for freedom, peace and justice. Since December 13, 2018, thousands of Sudanese have peacefully protested in Sudan. Dozens have been killed by the regime while hundreds have been detained, tortured, and some of have disappeared without a trace. Absent international pressure, the world will continue to witness tyrannical and violent suppression by the Sudan regime in violation of the Sudanese citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble and protest.
In solidarity with the people of Sudan in their quest for freedom, peace and justice. Since December 13, 2018, thousands of Sudanese have peacefully protested in Sudan. Dozens have been killed by the regime while hundreds have been detained, tortured, and some of have disappeared without a trace. Absent international pressure, the world will continue to witness tyrannical and violent suppression by the Sudan regime in violation of the Sudanese citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble and protest.
The march durge the United Nations Security Council, the United States government and other members of the international community to take these immediate actions:
- Condemn the Sudan government for gross human rights violations.
- Pressure the regime to stop attacking, arresting and torturing protesters, including the media, and to release all detainees and grant them access to lawyers, family, and medical care.
- Pressure the government of Sudan to lift the state of emergency.
- Pressure Bashir to peacefully transfer power to a transitional government that represents all of Sudan in order to respond to the people’s demands for a solution that meets their aspirations and brings lasting stability. Launch an independent investigation into the attacks on protesters and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
The Sudanese American Community represents the Diaspora from all regions of Sudan who are united in their commitment to end genocide and all state-sponsored crimes and to build genuine peace in Sudan.
Comment from Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein, BFP Board member and National Chair, United African Congress:
The articles at the four links below are excellent for anyone who wants to get some understanding of the situation in Sudan and reason to support the Protest March in NYC.
The New Yorker article gives good background information on the long tradition of protest by students and the professional class that brought down two military dictatorships in the past (1964 and 1985). It is a bit lengthy. The second article by Sara Mohammed and the third by Tarek Cheikh address the current situation better.
The US while not directly involved has lifted sanctions against Sudan at the urging of its proxies Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt who are subsidizing the Bashir government. It is in dire economic straits since losing the oil revenue. The protests have been centered in Khartoum and Omdurman but Al Jazeera reports the protests are spreading in the countryside which is ominous for the regime.
The protests are supported by a broad coalition reflective of the Sudanese populations including Darfuris. The government is trying to put a wedge between the various parties of the coalition saying these ‘disturbances’ are caused by Darfuris and only his government could protect the Sudanese. The protesters’ answer? “We are All Darfuri!” This is a very serious challenge to the Bashir government and his days seem to be numbered. The coalition led by students, doctors. lawyers, engineers, trade unions and the non-traditional parties including the Communist party of Sudan, (at one time the largest and best organized party in Africa), is the greatest challenge to the regime to date.
- The Historical Precedents of the Current Uprising in Sudan
By Anakwa Dwamena in The New Yorker: Feb 8, 2019
- Sudan’s Third Uprising: Is It a Revolution?
by Sara Mohammed in The Nation Jan 25, 2019
- Toward Sudan’s Next Revolution
By Tarek Cheikh; Translation by Joe Hayns and Roberto Mozzachiodi in Jacobin Jan 2019
- Sudan’s protests: The revolt of the periphery
By Reem Abbas
Al Jazeera 28 Jan 2019