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July 17 - 2019 DABANGA SUDAN
Sit-in in front of the General Command of the Sudanese army in Khartoum is violently dispersed on June 3 (File photo)
Sit-in in front of the General Command of the Sudanese army in Khartoum is violently dispersed on June 3 (File photo)

A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan's news highlights from Sudan

♦ Restored Sudan internet reveals footage of militia abuses

July 11 - 2019 KHARTOUM Sudanese activists have begun to publish hundreds of videos picturing the violence which took place against protesters during the authorities’ violent dismantling of the sit-in in front of the army command in Khartoum on June 3.

The images and videos posted after the return of the internet services in Sudan on July 9 reveal abuses by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) such as sexual harassment, beatings with batons, as well as firing live ammunition and torching tents. The footage also show bodies found in the Nile after being thrown-in by troops who participated in dismantling the sit-in.

Many of the videos were recorded by paramilitaries of the RSF who participated in the violent dismantling of the sit-in, during which more than 100 protesters were killed.

According to the head of the Legal Doctors Syndicate, 10 women and two young men were raped. He also reported that the syndicate suffered financial losses of billions of Pounds in the events of the sit-in, as a result of the burning of 10 tents used as clinics inside the sit-in headquarters, the destruction of medicines and medical devices, in addition to more than 20 latrines.

On July 9, Sudan emerged from a shut-down of the internet - ordered by the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) on June 10, citing reasons of ‘national security’.

♦ No final agreement yet between Sudan junta and opposition

July 15 – 2019 KHARTOUM Differences of opinion between Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) have made it impossible to reach a written agreement on power-sharing during the agreed transitional period of three years. It is not clear when the document will be signed.

Among the main points of disagreement are the “absolute immunity” that the TMC wants to be granted to the members of the junta throughout the transitional period, the status of the Rapid Support Forces, Sudan’s main militia, and its annexation or integration into the army, the powers of the Sovereign Council, and an independent investigation into the violent dismantling of the sit-in in Khartoum on June 3, to be supervised by the African Union.

Activist Badreldin Hussein told this station that the FFC in Atbara, where the uprising started, held a series of rallies recently. It became clear that the people of Atbara do not want the FFC to give up on what was previously agreed. This includes not granting immunity to the junta or to anybody else responsible for the killing of protesters during the uprising.

The street demands the full implementation of the Declaration for Freedom and Change, Hussein said.

♦ Hemeti: Arrests for June 3 Khartoum massacre

July 9 - 2019 KHARTOUM The deputy chairman of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’, has acknowledged the occurrence of “chaos” after the violent dismantling of the sit-in in front of the army command in Khartoum on June 3, which left more than 100 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

“We have a lot to disclose after the announcement of the results of the commission of inquiry,” Hemeti, also the head of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, said in a press conference this week.

He pledged to hold accountable those of the RSF militia who prove involvement in the abuses against the demonstrators and explained that the purpose of the rumours spread about the abuses of the RSF during the attacks on the sit-in is to "take them out of the scene."

TMC Chairman Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan stressed that no orders were issued by any member of the military junta to dismantle the Khartoum sit-in at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.


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Columnist faces Khartoum court
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Sudanese opposition heads meet UN Human Rights Council
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