Sudan

Protests over women's rights: “There is a war on women.”

Violations against women human rights defenders (WHRDs) continue. One of the violations taking place in this reporting period is that of Waad Bahjat, women’s rights defender and blogger, who was detained while broadcasting a Facebook live to document an incident in which several women were reportedly harassed by policemen and military men. Bahjat was charged with defamation, “insulting a public servant”, “publishing false news” and “public annoyance”. Demonstrations for women's rights and against gender discrimination and violence took place between January and April 2021. During April 2021, the Sudanese government ratified the UN’s CEDAW convention, however with reservations. Several journalists were arrested during the reporting period. Read more

Protests over women's rights: “There is a war on women.”

Police use excessive force on protesters

Since the most recent Monitor update of October 2019, Sudan has experienced frequent protests, with thousands gathering to demand change, especially in regards to socio-economic conditions and the lack of political reforms in the country.
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Police use excessive force on protesters

CSOs call for independent and credible investigations

On 23rd September 2019, the Sudanese Prime Minister announced the establishment of a national investigation committee to investigate the attacks against pro-democracy demonstrators on 3rd June 2019. As covered previously by the CIVICUS Monitor, the demonstration caused the death and injury of hundreds of protesters. Read more

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CSOs call for independent and credible investigations

Protests in Sudan continue amid crackdown and internet blackout

In the latest mass protests in Sudan that took place on 30th June 2019, at least eleven people were killed, while over 180 were injured. Despite the Sudanese security forces’ violent crackdown of the peaceful sit-in on 3rd June 2019 in Khartoum, Sudanese people continued to mobilise to demand that the military hand over power to a civilian-led administration. Read more

Protests in Sudan continue amid crackdown and internet blackout

Sudan death toll raises to 100 as security forces launched violent crackdown on peaceful protesters

Following the 3rd June 2019 violent crackdown by security forces on peaceful protesters camping outside the Sudan’s Defence Ministry in central Khartoum, 100 people have been reported killed so far. However, it is feared that the number of civilians killed since the operation against peaceful protesters on 3rd June, might be higher, as hundreds have been wounded, many suffering gunshots injuries, and some of the bodies have been thrown in the Nile river. Read more

Sudan death toll raises to 100 as security forces launched violent crackdown on peaceful protesters

Ousted President Bashir charged over killings of protesters, while protests met with new violence

On 13th May 2019, the Sudan public prosecutor charged the ousted President Omar al-Bashir "with inciting and participating" in the killing of peaceful protesters during the anti-government protests that started in December 2018 and lead to the end of his decades-long rule. Read more

Ousted President Bashir charged over killings of protesters, while protests met with new violence

CIVICUS Monitor speaks to Sudanese civil society activist about civic space restrictions and demands

Interview with Sudanese activist, Dr Hassan Abdelati, Secretary General of the National Civic Forum. Dr Abdelati was a political prisoner arrested on 3 January 2019 by the then President Bashir's regime and released after the military ousting of President Bashir in April.
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CIVICUS Monitor speaks to Sudanese civil society activist about civic space restrictions and demands

Widespread protests in Sudan see excessive force and systematic repression of civic freedoms

Protesters were shot dead, dozens were injured as a result of use of excessive force, including live ammunition, by State security forces against protestors across Sudan over the past month. At least 816 people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations. Read more

Widespread protests in Sudan see excessive force and systematic repression of civic freedoms

New media charter considered "worthless" by journalists

On 19th November 2018, the European Council highlighted Sudan's lack of respect for civic freedoms. The statement by the European Council comes after the adoption of Sudan's new Media Charter on 1st November 2018. While the charter acknowledges the unrestricted right to the freedom of expression, local groups claim it is worthless if Sudanese authorities continue to persecute independent journalists. Read more

New media charter considered "worthless" by journalists