The Sudan: ANHRI Condemns the Suppression of a Peaceful Demonstration and the Killing of Four Demonstrators
Cairo August 29, 2012
ANHRI condemns, today, the Sudanese security act of dispersing, of a peaceful demonstration organized by the residents of “El-Karamah”, using violence and excessive force. They protested for he poor condition of houses allocated to them as compensation for their displacement from their places as a result of projects related of Roseires Dam, which led to the killing of 4 people and several injuries.
The security forces used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators protesting against the decision of the Dams Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Social Affairs of Sudan, which stipulates the need to population displacement in the “Karamah” to the city of “Damazin” to receive contracts of new homes, due to projects of the dam of “Roseires”, where the residents discovered that these houses do not have fundamental infrastructure of water cycles, electricity, pure water as well as the construction of these houses of cork. That made the residents believe that it huts for chicken rather than places for human beings, in addition some of these houses are cracked and the other are in near to collapse. Most of these houses sank in the recent heavy rains and in rapid evolution of events the police suppressed the demonstrations and brutally used live ammunition to disperse the demonstrators, killing four of them as well as several injuries among protesters and the security forces closed the eastern area and prevented the citizens of the state to travel to El-Karamah.
The interesting thing is that the Sudanese authorities asked the displaced people to sign affidavits and pledges to save these buildings intact, internally or externally, and that the citizen shall incurs at his own expense to pay for any repairs of such dwellings and restored it if cracked although their it is decaying and could be destroyed at a moment.
ANHRI said that: “The persistence of the security forces to use force in dealing with the protests and demonstrations like this arbitrary and violent ways, is a continuation of the policy of tyranny and silence of voices that Sudanese security forces consistently used to deal with them by it. This policy proved its failure day after day and led only to only adherent to their rights and demands.”
ANHRI added that: “The excessive use of force and shots fired on peaceful demonstrators which proves that the Sudanese authorities do not care about the lives of the people and the false promises of reform under the specifications of those huts which the authorities promised its citizens with”.
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