International condemnation of allegations of harassment and rape of Sudanese female protesters
A report issued by the spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights revealed that the commission had received reports alleging that 13 women and girls had been raped, individually and collectively.
The United States, Britain, the European Union, Canada, Norway and Switzerland announced their strong condemnation of what they called the use of sexual and gender-based violence, in Sudan, as a weapon to keep women away from demonstrations and silence their voices.
In a joint statement, it called on the Sudanese authorities to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the allegations of violence and to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable, regardless of their affiliation.
“The Sudanese must be given the right to freedom of political expression and assembly free of violence,” she said in the statement.
Canada, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the use of sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon to keep women away from demonstrations and silence their voices. pic.twitter.com/sfXnSs5GWL
— European Union In Sudan (@EU_SUDAN) December 23, 2021
Clement Nyaltsossi Foul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly, also denounced the “use of violence and grave violations against peaceful demonstrators,” noting the obligation of the Sudanese authorities to ensure accountability for what he called rape and sexual violence against female demonstrators on December 19.
Norway’s ambassador in Khartoum, Therese Loken Geisel, said that what happened deepens mistrust in the security forces, calling for the perpetrators to be held accountable.
The Sudanese Professionals Association issued a statement accusing the military council and its civilian cover, as it described it, of using the crimes of rape and sexual violence as a weapon against the female demonstrators, stressing that the overwhelming presence of women in processions, strikes and other forms and tools of revolutionary action terrifies the forces of the counter-revolution.
A report issued by the spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Liz Throssell, on Tuesday, revealed that the Commission had received reports alleging that 13 women and girls had been raped, individually and collectively. In addition to allegations of sexual harassment against women in the vicinity of the presidential palace in Khartoum during the dispersal of the demonstrations.
Since the overthrow of the Bashir regime in April 2019, the demonstrations have not stopped in this country, but rather continued during the subsequent transitional phase.
Sudan has been suffering from a deepening economic crisis since the era of al-Bashir, the effects of which continue to extend after the revolution until now. In August 2018, the inflation rate reached 66.82% and exceeded 400% after the economic reforms that began to be implemented in early 2021, to begin to decline until it arrived in August last to 387.56%.