Two US senators called on the Sudanese security forces to protect the right of citizens to peaceful protest, in conjunction with the demonstrations planned for Thursday, at a time when the Sudanese Attorney General formed a room to keep pace and protect the upcoming demonstrations.
“The right to peaceful protest and state protection for all protesters are key features,” Republican Senator Jim Risch, a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons, a Democratic senator and member of the African Affairs Subcommittee and chair of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, said in a statement Wednesday. Sudan’s transition to a more peaceful, citizen-centred, rights-based democracy.
“The United States continues to act resolutely as an ally of the Sudanese people, in addition to committing to providing more than $1 billion in US foreign assistance and participating in debt relief,” they said in the statement.
And they stressed that “while the Sudanese rose up in the streets, on Thursday, in planned demonstrations, it is imperative that the security forces respect and protect the right of citizens to peaceful protest.”
Both supporters of civilian rule and supporters of military rule, who have been camping for five days in front of the Republican Palace to demand the dissolution of the current government, called for demonstrations on Thursday.
The Public Prosecutor in charge, “Maulana Mubarak Mahmoud Othman”, formed a central chamber headed by him, to supervise and follow up on the protection of processions and expected demonstrations, according to what was reported by the Sudanese News Agency, “SUNA”.
The Chamber decided to deploy more than (40) public prosecutors to all sectors in the state, and directed the chief prosecutors in all states of Sudan to take all necessary measures to protect and secure processions and demonstrations, according to what the agency reported.
In August 2019, the military and civilians (the Coalition of Forces for Freedom and Change) who were leading the protest movement signed a power-sharing agreement that stipulated a three-year transitional period that was later extended. Under the agreement, the military would assume power at the sovereign level while a civilian government and a legislative assembly would lead the transition.
It is assumed that power will be handed over to a civilian authority following free elections at the end of the transitional period, but for a while, disputes have been escalating between civilians in power, weakening the support enjoyed by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.
Sudan is still suffering from a stifling economic crisis. Hamdok’s government approved unpopular economic reforms.
Hamdok said, on Friday evening, in a speech to the nation, that there are “deep divisions among civilians and between civilians and the military,” stressing that the conflict is not between civilians and the military, but rather within the civilian democratic transition camp.