EU Calls on Sudan to Investigate Killing of Protesters

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The European Union has urged Sudan’s government to probe the killing of protesters in the deadly clash of September 2013.

Almost two years since the country’s most violent clash between protesters and the existing regime, no findings have been made public – despite widespread criticism – and now the EU is calling on the government to take action.

The deadliest clash of its kind

Rights groups, including Amnesty International say more than 200 people were killed in the conflict, but the government claims a lower death toll of 85. Doctors at the time said the majority of deaths were due to gunshot wounds to the chest and head, pointing to indiscriminate killings.

Khartoum, where 210 deaths were estimated alone, denied its security forces used live ammunition in the clash, claiming rebels intervened in the protests and carried out the killings.

It’s also estimated 700 people were arrested throughout the protests. Shortly after the conflict a group of 35 people appeared before a judge in Khartoum. A defence lawyer at the time confirmed the group included five from South Sudan, three women and eight teenagers – all of whom were arrested after the protests.

Calls for an independent investigation

The European Union has urged Sudan’s government to start an independent investigation into the killings that took place, but these aren’t the first calls on Sudan to deliver justice following the violence.

After a wave of criticism, Sudanese authorities claimed to have formed a commission to investigate the protests, but no findings have ever been released. Last month, President Omer Hassan al-Bashir ordered the Ministry of Justice to compensate the families of victims in the protests, but no accountability has been delivered.

The protests broke out in several states across Sudan after the government announced a lift on fuel subsidies, almost doubling the price of gasoline and diesel.

 

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