Khartoum — The committee set up by Sudan's Attorney General to investigate the cases of people missing since the start of the 2018 December Revolution has found a … Sudanese influencer and beauty blogger Shahd Khidir posted a series of photos on Instagram on June 6th that called for help from the international community. [55][56], The Political Agreement between the TMC and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) alliance for a Sudanese transition to democracy, which was initially agreed on verbally on 5 July 2019[57][58] and signed on 17 July,[59][60] includes a plan for an independent Sudanese investigation into the 3 June Khartoum massacre "and related incidents of human rights violations committed against civilians or militaries". Soldiers broke through the demonstrators’ barricades, burnt their tents to the ground, and shot at and beat protesters. [28], On 3 June 2019 the military armed forces of the TMC headed by the Rapid Support Forces, the immediate successor organisation to the Janjaweed militia and NISS, together with other TMC forces[29] used heavy gunfire and teargas as well as sound bombs aiming at dispersing the sit-in killing more than 100[6] people with difficulties in estimating the actual numbers. [72][73], On Sunday 9 June 2019, normally a regular working day in Sudan, protesters launched a civil disobedience campaign aiming at removing the TMC. [30], Estimating the numbers of victims was difficult in the days following the massacre because of Internet blockage and the presence of security forces. [74][75] As roads were blocked, almost all formal and informal businesses were closed, including, banks, public transport and Khartoum International Airport, where several airlines cancelled their Sudan flights following the massacre and passengers were left waiting outside airport's departures terminal. In this regard, he calls for an immediate and transparent investigation in order to hold those all responsible accountable. [36], France 24 documented evidence that the rapes of 70 women and men during the massacre[2][3] were a deliberate campaign to "break the girls". [65] The leaders of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) opposition alliance, said an open-ended civil disobedience campaign would continue to try to force the council from power. [37] Nahid Jabrallah attributed the murders to the RSF. [2][3] The Internet was almost completely blocked in Sudan in the days following the massacre, making it difficult to estimate the number of victims. [36], Sit-ins in Port Sudan, el-Gadarif and Sinja were also "raided and attacked by the RSF" on 3 June. Rapid Support Forces opened fire on peaceful protestors in Sudan on June 3, killing over 124 people and injuring 700 more. My friend @mattar77 was MURDERED by the Rapid Support Forces. Natives … We welcome the statement of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) and support the important role of the AU in solving the crisis in Sudan, including its demand for an immediate handover to a civilian-led government". Sudanese Massacre: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know, Copyright © 2020 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. On June 3, 2019, there was a massacre on the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. New outlets began covering the story and the international community has since taken notice. [22] For about two months the TMC engaged the SPA in dialogue and discussion on how to shift to a transitional government, disagreeing over whether the transitional government should be civilian-led or military-led. Khartoum is an economic and trade centre in Northern Africa, with rail lines from Port Sudan and El-Obeid. Activists concluded that there had been army soldiers who refused to attack the protestors or had attempted to protect them, whereupon they too had been murdered. It’s really hard being an influencer and sharing information that is “off brand” and not worthy of the “feed” but I cannot hold this in anymore. If you want to support me please share this information as widely as possible and don’t be silent. The people of Sudan deserve an orderly transition, led by civilians, that can establish the conditions for free and fair elections, rather than have rushed elections imposed by the TMC’s security forces". The protesters have blamed the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of planning and carrying out the massacre. #PrayersUp: #Rihanna speaks on the #SudanMassacre! At least forty of the … The violent dismantling of the sit-in in front of the army command in Khartoum on June 3, also known as the 29 Ramadan massacre, caused the death of 127 people. Al-Bashir had led a combination of a military dictatorship and a Muslim Brotherhood–led regime. They also called on the international community to start looking into "the ongoing violations and crimes committed by (TMC) in all cities and towns and to stop it immediately." By ordering these attacks, the Transitional Military Council has put the transition process and peace in Sudan in jeopardy. [48] The DBA committee argued that the Attorney-General enquiry was neither professional, independent nor impartial. [76][77][78][79] The general strike was followed by about 60–100% of workers, varying between sectors, for a total of 3 days[80][81] and was followed on 12 June by an agreement between the TMC and the opposition to free political prisoners, stop the strike, and resume negotiations. [33] Seventy women and men were raped by the RSF according to doctors in Khartoum hospitals. Five days … Al-Karib criticised the lack of support from international "multimillion-dollar agencies and NGOs" with "fancy conference rooms to strategise in", stating that the "actors that are traditionally tasked with addressing sexual violence [remained] unable or unwilling to end Sudan's sexual violence epidemic and help its survivors achieve justice. [17], On 5 March 2020, an investigation by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) stated that Sudanese security forces had planned the attack against pro-democracy stagings in Khartoum. Hundreds killed in massacre … [66][10][70][71], On Thursday 6 June, the African Union Peace and Security Department issued a statement suspending the participation of Sudan in all AU activities with immediate effect - "until the effective establishment of a civilian-led transitional authority," which it described as the only way to "exit from the current crisis". A trauma centre in Khartoum documented 16 cases of rape, a number believed to be low because of the social stigma of reporting sexual assault. Today marks a year since over 100 protesters were killed in Khartoum, Sudan, during mass demonstrations which lead to the ousting of former President Omar al … And tune into my stories for more information. Reports in the aftermath of that attack indicated that the violence resulted in the deaths of scores of people and injured hundre… [60], According to an anonymous military official present at negotiations for the initial verbal deal, quoted by The Christian Science Monitor, US negotiators led by Donald E. Booth proposed that TMC members be guaranteed immunity from prosecution in the investigation. The negotiations turned into a stalemate and instead of agreeing on a way forward the military has seized power and imposed their will with brutal force. PHR stated, "Security forces' horrific tactics – sexual violence, including rape, use of tear gas, whips, batons, and live ammunition – killed and critically injured hundreds of civilians. [46] Three separate enquiries released statements to the media in late July 2019. Khalid Kodi from Boston College, United States, made a painting that depicts a Sudanese woman in front of the military headquarters, with the woman symbolising the women who were raped[2] by the RSF[37] during the massacre. [52][53][54], After news of the massacre, Egypt called for restraint and the UAE called for dialogue and an investigation into the massacre. [38] Activist Dalia El Roubi stated that "the symbolism behind the rape of women is very substantial, it's aimed at breaking society" and that the sexual violence of the 3 June massacre was a deliberate action by the RSF to "break" communities in a similar way to which communities were "broken" in Darfur. The Khartoum massacre occurred on 3 June 2019, when the armed forces of the Sudanese Transitional Military Council, headed by the Rapid Support Forces, the immediate successor organisation to the Janjaweed militia, used heavy gunfire and teargas to disperse a sit-in by protestors in Khartoum, killing more than 100 people, with difficulties in estimating the actual numbers. "[64], On Monday 4 June, Transitional Military Council (TMC) cancelled all agreements reached during talks with the main opposition alliance on setting up a transitional administration. Norway,  United Kingdom,  United States – On 4 June, the Troika issued a statement on developments in Sudan. The Khartoum Massacre The mobilization of December 2018, which led to the fall of Al-Bashir, was the first time the Rapid Support Forces entered Khartoum in large numbers to repress the demonstrations and the occupation of Al-Qyada Plaza. After a ten-month siege, when the Mahdists finally broke into the city, the entire garrison of Egyptian soldiers was killed along with 4,000 Sudanese civilians. MILITIA in Sudan carried out mass rapes as they attacked a pro-democracy protest camp in the capital Khartoum, it has been reported. Over 40 bodies were weighed down with rocks and thrown in the river according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD). "[37], International criminal lawyer Celine Bardet of We are not Weapons of War said that evidence gathering for the systematic use of sexual violence as a tool of war needed separate consideration to other evidence gathering, because of social stigma against women testifying about the events. [38] Jabrallah stated that "everyone was threatened with being raped if they resisted the RSF's orders. [31], As of the evening of 4 June 2019, there were reports of a large number of victims in the field of the sit-in with difficulty evacuating them. In Khartoum, the rally began from the house of one of the victims and proceeded towards the site of the massacre. The RSF is attempting to cover up their crimes and Khartoum is essentially under military occupation. Be an ally because we need your help. [27] On 1 June, the SPA said that it had reason to believe that the TMC was "planning and working to end the peaceful sit-in at the headquarters with excessive force and violence" after three people were killed in incidents on the fringes of the demonstration during the previous week. Once the crowd was dispersed, the RSF moved onto the surrounding neighborhoods and continued to beat, rape, and kill protestors. [47] The Sudan Forensic Doctors Union described the result of the enquiry as "poor and defective", and the FFC, the Sudanese Women's Union, the Sudanese Professionals Association and the Democratic Lawyers' Alliance rejected the report. [48] On 30 July, the DBA committee stated that eight rape victims were receiving psychological therapy; one in Omdurman had committed suicide as a result of the rape; one rape victim had been forced by social stigma to search for another home for her and her family. There is no objective media sharing what’s going on expect for @aljazeeraenglish which had their offices shot down. [12][13], In October 2019, during the 39-month planned transition to democracy, an official Khartoum massacre investigation commission was created as required under Article 7. [40] Al-Karib said that the activists "understood the root causes and politics behind sexual violence" and "approached sexual violence as a crime connected [to] power relations", while "not [undermining] how personal it is as a crime". The soldiers smashed through protestor barricades, burnt their tents to the ground, and shot protestors indiscriminately. Abbas, a 22-year-old student from Khartoum, is one of the witnesses of the brutal massacre during which hundreds of peaceful demonstrators were killed and several hundreds injured. Huma, an activist, said that RSF soldiers humiliated women by asking them to remove their underwear. We support calls for proper investigation". I am injured currently.” And all I could do this post this. [10] Hundreds of unarmed civilians were injured, hundreds of unarmed citizens were arrested, many families were terrorised in their home estates across Sudan,[11][7] and the RSF raped more than 70 women and men. Protesting a deadly military raid on a sit-in in Khartoum, Sudan, and American arms sales to Saudi Arabia at the White House on Saturday. Khartoum Massacre Probe Reveals Systematic, Egregious Abuses by Sudanese Security Forces GENEVA – Sudanese security forces launched a series of … [63] The members of the men-only commission, headed by human rights lawyer Nabil Adib, were nominated on 20 October. As first reported by CNN, the RSF has been dumping protestor bodies into the Nile River in an attempt to cover up the actual death toll from the Sudan Massacre. The Sudanese Massacre was not being covered by most news outlets and she implored news agencies and other influencers to bring attention to their plight. [16] The No to Oppression against Women Initiative objected to the absence of women members on the commission. Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images. To my followers/supporters who this is too much for I am also sorry but my regularly scheduled content/reviews is also on pause. "[40], On 12 June 2019, the Sudanese Doctors' Syndicate published a list of 104 people that were killed on or after 3 June, including 12 children. At Sudan’s Royal Care Hospital, RSF soldiers forced 50 wounded protestors to evacuate and arrested a doctor that had been part of the sit-in protest. I am at my office crying because I have so many emotions in me and I feel horrible. On 21 September 2019, the transition period prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, issued a decision to initiate the official Khartoum massacre investigation with a 7-member committee of lawyers, independent from all other state bodies, to be assigned to carry out the investigation. The post went viral, garnering over 500K likes and attracting the attention of pop superstar Rihanna who posted about it in her Instagram story. Yesterday, an independent national commission started its in-person investigation on the violent dispersal by government forces of the protesters at the sit-in in front of the Sudanese army’s General Command in Khartoum on June 3, 2019, causing the death of at least 127 demonstrators. The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, condemned the use of excessive force by Sudan's security agents and said he was "alarmed" by reports that forces had opened fire inside a hospital. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SILENT. The attack was led by Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a state-controlled offshoot of the Janjaweed. She then called on anybody and everybody to help spread the news as the RSF had cut off internet access to civilians. On 27 July, an Attorney-General enquiry requested by the TMC attributed responsibility to "at least eight high-ranking officers" and stated a death toll of 87 and no rapes. Sudanese protests started in December 2018 after which the military removed Omar al-Bashir and established a Transitional Military Council which is headed by the Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan. 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[38] Nahid Jabrallah, founder of the Sima Centre for Women and Children's Studies, and other activists and journalists, stated that there were extensive testimonies of gang rapes and other sexual violence by the RSF during the 3 June attacks. Soldiers broke through the demonstrators’ barricades, burnt their tents to the ground, and shot at and beat protesters. [66][65][67] The leaders also added that there is no room for negotiations," as military leaders attempted to do damage control in the face of international criticism of Monday's indiscriminate killings. [83][84], African Union – On 3 June, issued the following statement "The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki strongly condemns the violence that erupted today which led to reported deaths and several civilian injuries. Soldiers and paramilitary groups earlier this month opened fire on a pro-democracy sit-in in Khartoum, leaving at least 118 people dead, the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said. The chief of the RSF, Hemedti, was named Vice President of the Military Council, presided over by Burhan. [82] "The Troika condemns the violent attacks in Sudan on 3rd June, which resulted in the killing and injuring of many peaceful civilian protesters. He was missing for 4 days and when I got in touch with him he said: “I was caught, beaten and abused and humiliated and arrested and had my phone confiscated from me. [50] El-Baghdadi situates this in the general context of Saudi, UAE and Egyptian leaders being afraid of democratic movements. The Sudanese Massacre or “Khartoum Massacre” resulted in 124 deaths, 700 injuries, and over 70 cases of rape. [18][19] Protesters supported by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA)[20][21] and democratic opposition groups engaged in street demonstrations, calling on the ruling Transitional Military Council to "immediately and unconditionally" step aside in favour of a civilian-led transitional government, and urging other reforms in Sudan. A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:01am PDT. The Khartoum massacre occurred on 3 June 2019, when the armed forces of the Sudanese Transitional Military Council, headed by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the immediate successor organisation to the Janjaweed militia,[5] used heavy gunfire and teargas to disperse a sit-in by protestors in Khartoum, killing more than 100 people,[6] with difficulties in estimating the actual numbers. [47] On 30 July, enquiries by the Darfur Bar Association and the National Umma Party attributed responsibility directly to the TMC,[48][49] confirmed the occurrences of rapes as part of the event,[48] and stated a total death toll of 124 (from 3 to 20 June). Buzzfeed is reporting that RSF has shut down nearly … Rapid Support Forces (RSF) vehicles were patrolling the streets in Omdurman, on the other side of the River Nile from Khartoum and firing into the air. [32] Hundreds of unarmed civilians were injured, hundreds of unarmed citizens were arrested and many families were terrorised in their home estates across Sudan. At dawn on Monday, June 3, paramilitary forces raided the sit-in opposite the Army General Command in Khartoum, Sudan, raining fire on protesters and bringing an end to six months of a largely peaceful uprising. The initial protests two months ago led to the autocratic leader Al-Bashir being ousted. [36] Following the massacre, some bodies were recovered that wore uniforms belonging to the Sudanese Army. Many Sudanese artists designed and created pieces of art that show the scale of the massacre. [81], An online social media trend with the hashtag #BlueForSudan started several days after the massacre, representing solidarity for the protest movement, with blue signifying the favourite colour of Mohamed Mattar, one of the victims of the massacre.[43]. There is no objective media sharing what’s going on expect for @aljazeeraenglish which had their offices shot down.” She goes on to say her friend was murdered in the massacre. "The Troika also expresses its serious concern over the TMC’s announcement that it will cease negotiations with the Forces for Freedom and Change, retract all previous agreements with them on formation of an interim government, and will hold elections within nine months. The removal of Omar Al-Bashir created a power vacuum in Sudan. Right after sunrise on Monday, June 3, paramilitary forces opened fire on peaceful protestors staging a sit-in opposite the Army General Command in Khartoum, Sudan. [49], İyad el-Baghdadi, a human rights activist who became famous during the Arab Spring, argued that the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt supported the carrying out of the massacre. [citation needed]. The list below includes the name of the victim (some unidentified), the date of death, age, hospital and cause of death as indicated by the Sudanese Doctors' Syndicate:[42], The military armed forces of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), headed by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF, derived from Janjaweed militias) led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo ("Hemedti"),[44] the immediate successor organisation to the Janjaweed militia, are widely attributed as being responsible for the attack. The DBA claimed that it had "ample evidence" of responsibility of TMC for the massacre and that the "decision to disband the sit-in" took place at a meeting including all TMC members, the Attorney-General, police chiefs and security directors. The following is a timeline of what took place in the Khartoum sit-in camp: According to local resident and PhD student Mohammed Elnaiem, the first phase of the attack included discussion between RSF members and the regular army, and in the second phase, the army vehicles departed while RSF vehicles "drove through the barricades. Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty ImagesLocals set tyres on fire and block a sidestreet leading to their neighbourhood in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to stop military vehicles from driving through the area on June 4, 2019. [39], Hala al-Karib, writing in Al Jazeera English, said that local activists provided systematic support for the rape victims, "[extending] their hands to the hundreds of male and female sexual violence survivors and the families of those who were killed" with "discipline and the commitment to support the survivors of violence". 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