Amidst the rise of hate speech to violence, can renewed atrocities be prevented in Sudan?
With the breakdown of the democratic transition in Sudan following the military coup in October 2021, there has been a rise in new cases of violence including attacks against civilians in Darfur, along side brutal crackdowns against pro-democracy protesters committed by security forces.
In March 2022, GAAMAC partner Rights for Peace and Sudanese actors held meetings on hate speech, structural discrimination and necessary reforms. Bringing together civil society actors and policy-shapers, the meetings fleshed out concrete steps to counter hate speech and expressions of discrimination. Findings and conclusions were summarized in the report: Can we prevent the spread of renewed atrocities in Sudan?
The report is based on meetings in South Kordofan, North Darfur and Khartoum. It highlights increasingly violent repression against the pro-democracy movement, including cases of sexual violence, harassment and rape against women human rights defenders. These abuses are allegedly perpetrated by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), as well as other security forces including the Central Reserve Police and Sudan Armed Forces.
To de-escalate the Rights for Peace’s recommendations include:
- Increased monitoring and investigation of ongoing atrocities and abuses by the RSF and CRP;
- Greater committment from the UN and international bodies to ensure protection of civilians and support disarmament, demobilisation and rehabilitation,
- Further pressure on the Sudanese regime in the form of targeted sanctions towards the leader of the coup, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the head of the RSF, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
- The necessity of widespread and comprehensive reform to dismantle the existing discriminatory structures and safeguard human rights.