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RSF militiamen harass women employees in Sudanese capital

June 22 - 2019 KHARTOUM
Sudanese women protesting against the military junta, Khartoum, April 26, 2019 (Fredrik Lerneryd/Getty Images)
Sudanese women protesting against the military junta, Khartoum, April 26, 2019 (Fredrik Lerneryd/Getty Images)

On Thursday, a number of employees of the federal Ministry of Health were detained when they were staging a vigil in front of the ministry in Khartoum, in protest against the behaviour of members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Sudan’s main militia, stationed near the ministry.

The staff of the Health Ministry submitted a memorandum to the ministry’s undersecretary, accusing RSF militiamen stationed in the neighbourhood of harassing women employees and demanding their removal.

In the memorandum, signed by most of the employees of the ministry, the staff says that the militiamen are verbally harassing women entering and leaving the ministry, and making use of facilities in the building “which has led to growing insecurity in the ministry’s offices”.

They said most of the staff is leaving their offices early and have not been able to finish their work because of the presence and behaviour of the militiamen. Others refuse to work.

A number of employees of the Ministry of Oil in Khartoum were detained as well on Thursday, when they carried out a protest vigil in front of the ministry.

 


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