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Call for action on Sudan protests

Call for action on Sudan protests

We are writing to raise serious concerns following violent attacks on peaceful protesters by the government of Sudan (Report, 18 January). Dozens of protesters have been killed by security forces in an attempt to suppress the protests, and the government’s response appears to be escalating. There have been disturbing reports of security forces firing bullets and teargas into hospitals, which for many observers is troublingly reminiscent of atrocities committed by the regime in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Protesters come from all parts of Sudanese society and are united in the call for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir and key members of his government. We unreservedly condemn the government of Sudan’s disproportionate and deadly response to peaceful protest by tens of thousands of Sudanese people. The government of Sudan must now engage constructively with the legitimate grievances raised by demonstrators across the country.

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