Sudan in revolt – is anyone listening?Posted: October 18, 2013
Despite mass protests against austerity measures in Sudan in recent weeks — leaving about 210 protesters dead and over 2000 arrested and detained – the international community, including the United States, has been far too silent,” writes Nada ElSayed:
Despite a few condemnations, the relations of most countries with Sudan have continued without interference. Graphic images of injured and dead protesters have spread widely through social media, visually portraying the story of an incipient Sudanese revolution and the government’s brutal crackdown in response. The hopes of opponents to the regime for international solidarity and support have so far been disappointed.
In fact many seem to believe the protests are over, despite the fact that hundreds have been going out on the street.
The UN’s Independent Expert has expressed regret over the government of Sudan’s failure to respect the fundamental freedoms of its people, noted Princeton Lyman, a board member of the National Endowment for Democracy.
The former Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan said that peace “is achievable not by suppression of dissent, but by embracing an open and fruitful dialogue that leads to democracy and inclusiveness for all Sudanese.”
Meanwhile, videos of police and military shooting at peaceful protesters are acting as a testament for how the police have handled the situation, notes Nada ElSayed:
When asked about the graphic images of obviously Sudanese protesters slain by the police, Interior Minister of Sudan, Ibrahim Mohamed Hamed cynically answered that they were fabricated images taken from the Egyptian revolution.
It is the responsibility of the international community and governments with influence to make clear that the actions of the Sudanese government are not acceptable.
via Democracy Digest
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- SUDAN: World Bank, IMF pleased despite brutal mess (kurunziafrika.wordpress.com)
- Human Rights for Sudanese Refugees (astorybyme.wordpress.com)
- 7 Things You Need to Know About #SudanRevolts (thinkprogress.org)
- Making sense of the protests in Khartoum (sudantribune.com)
- Sudan Fuel Subsidies Cost Same as War: US Envoy (voanews.com)
- Sudanese protesters use crowdmapping to get around internet shutdowns (engadget.com)
- Sudan security forces kill at least 50 protesters: rights groups (nation.com.pk)