Nyala Situation Statement by Hawa Salih – Human Rights Activist

To the U.S. government, international organizations, humanitarian and human rights organizations, UN agencies, international activists both regions, honorable people of the free world.

Since the exit of the British from Sudan in 1956, crises have followed, from the handover of the territory which included shooting those Sudanese with an open mind, to slaughter in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile in the eighties, and then Eastern Sudan in the early nineties. Then came another manifestation of the crisis, the worst human disaster of the 21st century, genocide, the killing and displacement of innocent people, the burning of villages, the rape of women, systematic ethnic cleansing and the looting all the wealth of the people of Sudan. All this was done for the benefit of a specific category of citizens and the resulted in the marginalization of the vast majority of the Sudanese people by criminals, the National Congress.

What happened on Sunday, July 29 and Monday, July 30st, 2012 was a repeat of the same kind of ethnic assault, reminiscent of the genocide in Darfur in 2003.

Evidence of what happened in the city of Nyala, after thousands of school students and civilians, the majority of the city, went into the streets in protest, demanding their legitimate rights and against the rise in commodity prices. But the State Government of Nyala and the security services including the police and military security service fired live ammunition against the demonstrators, killing thirteen students and civilians and wounded more than eighty innocent people. They also arrested fifteen students who are now missing.

Those who care about all of the displaced persons and refugees, women and children, the trodden upon victims of Darfur, and all of the women among the margininalized Sudanese reject and condemn in the strongest terms the use of violence against the demonstrators. We demand a prompt investigation into these crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable while protecting civilians.

We call for a change from the bloody regime, which has killed far too many sons and daughters of the Sudanese people and to say to the Government of Sudan that

1 – The blood of the martyrs of innocent women and children will be met with justice.

2 – They must respect the will of the people and their human dignity.

3 – The people must be allowed freedom of expression and the right of demonstration guaranteed in all international and domestic laws.

4 – The indomitable will of the people will overcome suppression by the power of any one person or group.

5 – We call for the international community and the US Government to take bold positions on behalf of the innocent civilians in Sudan, especially Darfur, the Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile.

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