On May 29, Sudan junta announced that it had lifted the state of emergency. It had used it as a means to quell all forms of dissent against its rule. Reversing the law has, however, been the result of much pressure on the Sudanese regime from pro-democracy activists and demonstrators. This article by Mohamad Osman is published by Human Rights Watch. Here is an excerpt:
On May 29, Sudan’s military leaders announced they were lifting a state of emergency imposed seven months ago that has been used as cover for a relentless attack on the country’s tenacious protest movement and to further entrench impunity for security force crimes. Authorities have also released at least 100 detainees who were held in connection to the protests, according to lawyers. While these are positive steps, ongoing repression and Sudan’s military leaders’ long history of deflecting criticism require scrutiny and pressure for real change to increase, not lessen.
The move occurs ahead of an expected visit by the United Nations designated expert on human rights in the Sudan. During his last visit in February, authorities released 115 people in Khartoum on bail. Shortly after, arbitrary arrests resumed.
Ninety-eight people have been killed during protests since the October 2021 coup. Human Rights Watch has also documented how security forces have beaten and otherwise ill-treated detained protesters, including stripping child detainees naked and threatening sexual violence against women. We also found hundreds had been unlawfully detained, and some forcibly disappeared since the coup, notably by the police and the General Investigation Service (GIS).
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