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‘Killing of unarmed Sudan demonstrators a crime against humanity’

January 3 - 2019 KHARTOUM
Police fire on demonstrators in Khartoum last week
Police fire on demonstrators in Khartoum last week

The killing of at least 45 people by Sudanese anti-riot forces over the last three weeks constitutes a crime against humanity, and the perpetrators should be tried before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, a leading Sudanese legal expert has said, accusing the President of Sudan and the Interior Minister as the chief accused.

Dr Yousef Mukheir, a professor of Criminal Law at El Nilein University, said that the killing of demonstrators in December amounts to the level of crimes against humanity by the text of the Statute of the International Criminal Court.

He explained in an interview with Radio Dabanga that the responsibility applies to those who issued instructions to kill demonstrators, the first of them being the President of Sudan and the Interior Minister as the main officials in this crime.

He stressed that “the victims of peaceful demonstrations in December, estimated to number 45, were not killed by accident, but with a prior planning and systematic approach”.

He pointed out that the first charge against former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi through the International Criminal Court was for the killing of demonstrators under the heading of crimes against humanity.

Prof Mukheir called on the international community to take urgent action and set up an international commission of inquiry like the Darfur Commission to investigate and bring to justice all those found to be involved in the criminal court, stressing that these crimes are not subject to statute of limitations or amnesty. Immunities.

He called on the international community to protect the demonstrators in Sudan.


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