June 3 Khartoum massacre: Investigation commission formed
Sudanese Prime minister Abdallah Hamdouk has formed an investigation commission into the violent dismantling of the sit-in in front of the military command in Khartoum on June 3.
Seven members have been chosen to be part of the commission, including a Supreme Court Judge, representatives of the Ministries of Justice, Defence, and Interior Affairs, and two independent lawyers.
The commission will act within the framework of the Inquiry Act of 1954. It is entitled to seek support from whom and when it deems appropriate, including African countries and organisations, along with support from families or legal representatives of those killed during the uprising.
Hamdouk has given the inquiry process a temporary jurisdiction of three months.
At least 246 people were killed and 1,353 others injured since the outbreak of the anti-government protests in mid-December 2018, the Sudan Doctors Central Committee reported on July 28.
According to the medics, 83 per cent of the victims were killed after April 11, the date President Omar Al Bashir was ousted in a military coup.
April and May saw 60 people killed across the country as protests pressuring the military to hand over power to a civilian government continued, and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Sudan’s main government militia, ramped-up attempts to disperse the sit-in in front of the army command in Khartoum.
The violent dismantling of the sit-in in front of the army command in Khartoum on June 3, also known as the 29 Ramadan massacre, caused the death of 127 people. About 700 protesters and others present at the sit-in that day were injured.
Between June 3 and July 18, another 16 people were killed during commemoration rallies and anti-junta protests.
On August 7, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) Initiative for Missing People reported it documented more than 100 cases of people who went missing from the Khartoum sit-in on June 3.
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