“Freedom, peace and justice, the revolution belongs to the people” –
chant popular during the 2019 revolution
From Khartoum, capital of Sudan, on 26 October 2021, a joint statement from the EU delegation to Sudan:
In alignment with many international statements condemning the unconstitutional change of government in Sudan, the EU Delegation in Khartoum, with the support of Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US, makes the following statement:
We note the return to his residence of Prime Minister Hamdok, but we also call for the immediate release of all political detainees without delay. We continue to recognize the Prime Minister and his cabinet as the constitutional leaders of the transitional government. It is paramount for the Ambassadors based in Khartoum, to be able to communicate with the Prime Minister. We therefore urgently request to be able to meet with the Prime Minister.
We furthermore underline the importance to respect the fundamental right to demonstrate by all Sudanese citizens and the need to respect all other human rights of all citizens. The security forces and other armed elements must refrain from violent attacks at all times and peaceful protestors must be protected.
We further reiterate the critical importance of unfettered humanitarian access throughout the country. Particularly in these difficult hours, the continued outreach of the international humanitarian community to the Sudanese in need of assistance should be main priority of any authority in the country. Specifically the humanitarian operations of UNHAS are indispensable for this assistance to reach the people. We therefore urge that UNHAS be allowed to continue their countrywide operations.
We confirm once again the international calls for the immediate return to the roadmap for democratic transition of Sudan, as laid out in the Constitutional Document and the Juba Peace Agreement. An inclusive, peaceful and constitutional dialogue between all stakeholders in Sudan’s transition is the only way to freedom, peace and justice for all.
Thousands of protestors filled the streets of Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, on Monday to protest a military takeover of the transitional government. They chanted, marched, shouted, burned tires, blocked roads, and vowed resistance. Word is that protestors are planning more civil disobedience, including a general strike.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s top military commander, announced on tv that the government has been dissolved. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and others in his government have been arrested. Their whereabouts are not known. A state of emergency has been declared in the country. State governors have been removed from power. Flights have been canceled; access to the capital by road has been blocked; reports of internet and phone outages are widespread.
Amnesty International posted on Twitter: “We are concerned by the escalating tensions in Sudan following the reported arrest of the Prime Minister and other civilian leaders and the imposition of an internet shutdown.”
Reuters reported that 140 people have been injured in clashes, and seven people have died.
The U.S. has suspended $700 million in aid to Sudan in response to the takeover.