HRW: Attacks against Sudan protesters were planned


Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the deadly attacks against Sudanese protesters calling for democratic change in June were planned and could amount to crimes against humanity.

The rights group is calling upon Sudan’s transitional government to conduct independent investigations and “commit to genuine accountability for unlawful violence against protesters since December, in which hundreds were killed.”

“They were shouting ‘kill them'”

In a 59-page report, entitled  “‘They Were Shouting ‘Kill Them’’’: Sudan’s Violent Crackdown on Protesters in Khartoum, Human Rights Watch accuses Sudanese security forces of carrying out a planned attack against protesters in the capital on 3 June, 2019, and the days that followed in other neighbourhoods of the capital and nearby Bahri and Omdurman.

“The violence by Sudanese forces in the lead up to, during and following, the June 3 attack has killed hundreds of people, and was part of a pattern of using excessive force to disperse protests,” the report says. “Authorities did not use proportionate force or take feasible measures to ensure that operations posed a minimal risk to life.”

“Shooting was clearly targeted and intentional…; they directed their guns at us… they were shouting ‘kill them, kill them’ all the time. I saw many bodies hit by bullets while I was running,” one witness is quoted as saying in the report.

In a separate statement regarding the report, HRW directly accuses security forces in Sudan of planning the attack against protesters.

“Fatal attacks on protesters in Sudan in June were planned and could amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today,” the rights group said on Monday.

Featured image: HRW

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.