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Freedom House Condemns Sudanese Government’s Killing of 12 During Protests
Freedom House strongly denounces the death of 12 individuals in Nyala, South Darfur, following the firing of live ammunition and tear gas into mass public protests by the Sudanese police and National Intelligence and Security Service. The Government of Sudan must halt its crackdown on the Sudanese people’s right to peacefully protest and exercise their right to freedom of assembly, association, and expression.
The protests in Nyala began in response to a recent escalation in fuel prices and are the latest in a wave of mass action that has taken place in cities throughout Sudan since mid-June, calling for the respect of fundamental freedoms, peace, and justice. State security has reportedly responded with the arbitrary arrest and detention, abuse, and torture of individuals suspected of participation in the protests.
Among those killed, ten were below the age of eighteen and sources at Nyala hospital confirmed all deaths were the result of either gunshot wounds or wounds caused by sharp weapons.
Sudan, ruled by military strongman Omar al-Bashir since 1989, ranks among the worlds’ most repressive regimes. Following South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party has launched a brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrations in an effort to tighten its hold on power.