Sudan: Ending involvement in Yemen vital to a successful transition

In Arab Countries, International Advocacy Program by CIHRS

Open letter to the Sudanese Professionals Association

Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the Sudanese Professionals Association,

The undersigned organizations commend the successful first steps of the movement for peaceful change in Sudan. We sincerely hope that your worthy struggle will build a new Sudan defined by the values of human rights, equality, democracy, and freedom.

If this new Sudan is to be achieved, the Sudanese government’s culpability in Yemen must be addressed. The regime of ex-president Omar al-Bashir sent Sudanese troops to participate in Yemen’s futile war, which has been ongoing for four years. The war has caused the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world,  with all parties to the armed conflict perpetrating heinous human rights violations.

Human rights organizations are urging states engaged in this war to cease all forms of support to combatants, with the aim of ending the suffering of millions of civilians in Yemen. The continued engagement of Sudanese forces in Yemen’s bloody war is a key litmus test for the transitional process in Sudan.

We were profoundly disappointed by the Military Council’s announcement indicating that Sudanese forces will continue, for the indefinite future, to participate in the Saudi-Emirati led Arab Coalition, which has committed gruesome human rights violations in Yemen, extensively documented by regional and international human rights organizations. The announcement, broadcast by the Sudanese News Agency on April 15, 2019, came in a statement attributed to Major General Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, the Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Military Council.

We appeal to your Association to push for an end to Sudan’s involvement in Yemen’s senseless war, which has rendered no tangible achievements for either Yemen or Sudan, and only promises further suffering for Yemeni civilians.  A process of accountability for violations associated with Sudanese forces in Yemen must be initiated a part of Sudan’s transitional process. Only then can a new Sudan be achieved, untarnished by the crimes of the regime you revolted against.

Please accept our best regards,

Signatory Organizations

  1. Mwatana for Human Rights (Yemen)
  2. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  3. Sudan Human Rights Monitor
  4. Tunisian Forum on Economic and Social Rights
  5. Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights
  6. Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights in Tunisia
  7. National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists
  8. Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Liberties
  9. Vigilance for Democracy and the Civic State (Tunisia)
  10. Association Beity (Tunisia)

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