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On eve of protests, UN urges Sudan to respect right to assembly

06:25 19 December 2021 Author :  

The United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) on Saturday called on the Sudanese security forces to respect the right to peaceful rallies, on the eve of planned rallies to mark the 3rd anniversary of Sudan's revolution that swept long-serving President Omar al-Bashir from power.

Volker Perthes, the head of UNITAMS, congratulated the Sudanese people on their revolution anniversary and hailed "their sacrifices to realize their aspiration for democracy and peace."

"I urge the security forces to respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," Perthes said.

On December 19, 2018, protests erupted across Sudan against the deterioration of the country’s economic conditions, forcing the military to remove Bashir from power in April 2019.

Several political groups called for rallies on Sunday to commemorate the revolution anniversary and to show rejection of a recent political deal between Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the military.

On Oct. 25, the military dismissed Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency, amid accusations and differences between politicians and the military.

Hamdok, however, was reinstated on Nov. 21 under an agreement with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the Sudanese army chief, in a move that aimed to resolve a political crisis that threatened to undermine Sudan’s transition to democracy.

Before the military takeover, Sudan was administered by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials which was overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023 as part of a precarious power-sharing pact between the military and Forces of Freedom and Change coalition./aa

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