Sudan Intensifies Military Attacks against Civilians

Freedom House is deeply concerned by Sudan’s armed forces targeting civilian populations. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has apparently taken advantage of the international community’s attention on fighting in South Sudan to launch a military offensive against civilians in territories controlled by political rivals.

“In the absence of international scrutiny, the government of Sudan has ramped up its campaign of abuse against its own people,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs at Freedom House. “This deliberate targeting of civilians is part of a systematic effort to displace or kill its opponents.”

Human rights monitors in Sudan recorded 56 bombing attacks on civilian populations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states during December 2013, triple the number in November, and 35 attacks in the first half of January.  According to a report by the Sudan Consortium, a group of more than 50 African NGOs, from December 15 to January 15, the government aerial bombings killed 22 civilians and seriously injured 41.

Freedom House urges the Sudanese government to stop the aerial bombardment of civilians and to uphold internationally recognized human rights standards. Freedom House also calls on the United Nations and the African Union to respond to these heinous violations of international laws.

Sudan is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014.

Learn more:
Freedom in the World 2013: Sudan
Freedom of the Press 2013: Sudan
Freedom on the Net 2013: Sudan
Blog: Sudan’s Desperate Crackdown on Human Rights Activists