Sudan protests

The December 2018 protests in Sudan were triggered by a government decision that tripled the price of bread. Within a few days of the first protests in Blue Nile State and Atbara, River Nile State, Sudanese citizens had taken to the streets to demand democratic reforms and the removal of the president. 

Largely organised by the Sudanese Professionals Association, the protests are unprecedented in the range of Sudanese citizens represented – a 14 April protest saw Christians link arms to protect Muslim protestors as they performed Friday prayers.  CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, ‘The willingness of Sudanese Christians to protect Muslims as they pray and of Muslims to participate in Christian worship and prayers at the heart of the demonstrations illustrates the inclusive nature of this uprising.’

Though President Bashir was removed in a military coup d’etat on 11 April, his removal from power was just one of the protestors’ aims. The wider demands for extensive political, economic and security reforms and a civilian-led government to replace the Transitional Military Council still stand, and the protests are still ongoing as negotiations continue for the creation of a civilian-led administration.

7 June 2019: Over 100 people have been killed in brutal attacks on protesters in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, that started on 3 June. The ruling Transitional Military Council has also shut down the country’s internet, preventing the flow of information about the attacks and leaving Sudanese in the diaspora unable to confirm the safety of their families and friends.

Please pray

  • That the Transitional Military Council hands over power to a civilian government quickly.
  • That these protests would mark the beginning of a new era of democratic and social reform for Sudan.
  • For God to comfort the families of protestors who have been killed since the movement began in December.
  • For protection for the protestors against military action.

Sermon given at a Mass held at the protests in Khartoum on Sunday 14 April 

‘This is not a time for compromise or “pain killers” or “gradual change”; this is a time to show a true mutual will to achieve and implement democracy. This is a time to move away from the trenches of religious and ethnic discrimination, and head towards an inclusive and unifying Sudanese national identity for all of us.’

Read the full sermon in English and Arabic.

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View the full gallery of photos from the protest.

View a video from the protest. 

Sudan protests

‘Just fall that is all’: Article on the protests by Sudanese lawyer Mohaned Mustafa el-Nour 

Read the article here.

Open letter to the United Nations Security Council, signed by CSW and other international human rights organisations 

Read the letter here.


Timeline

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7 June 2019: Over 100 people have been killed in brutal attacks on protesters in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, that started on 3 June. The ruling Transitional Military Council has also shut down the country’s internet, preventing the flow of information about the attacks and leaving Sudanese in the diaspora unable to confirm the safety of their families and friends.

15 April 2019: A joint letter by Sudanese, African and international civil society organisations calls for the protection of the democratic will of the people of Sudan and supports demands for an urgent transition to a civilian government. Read the letter here. 

14 April 2019: A Christian service is held at the protests, with church leaders representing the Sudanese Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SEPC), the Baptist Church and the Sudanese Church of Christ leading calls for democracy and a ‘new Sudan’. Hymns are sung by both Christian and Muslim protestors.  Read our press release here.

11 April 2019: Christians stand arm in arm to protect Muslim protestors at prayer from the military.

10 April 2019: The army forcibly removes President Bashir from power, suspending the constitution and declaring a three-month state of emergency followed by a one-year transitional period. Sudan is now led by a Transitional Military Council under the Minister of Defence. President Bashir is now under arrest. 

8 April 2019: Christian student and activist Nasheed Saeed dies in the crossfire between military officers and special security police – one of many protestors who have been killed.

6 April 2019: A mass demonstration outside the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and Army headquarters turns into a sit-in.

7 March 2019: CSW warns that new powers given to the authorities under the state of emergency violate human rights. Read our press release here.

22 February 2019: President Omar al-Bashir declares a one-year state of emergency in response to the protests.

19 December 2018: Protests spread to Atbara State after cuts to bread subsidies.

13 December 2018: Protests begin in Blue Nile State.

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