Home | Press Releases    Tuesday 15 December 2009

Rights group says Sudanese police used prohibited tear gas



December 14th, 2009


Today December 14th, the police forces used violence with internationally prohibited types of tear gas to end a peaceful demonstration by thousands of citizens marching towards the parliament in Omdurman. The demonstrators asked for legal changes on all laws violating the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Interim Constitution, especially the laws on security and national intelligence that suppress the right to free expression and peaceful assembly and the other fundamental rights and freedoms.

Many demonstrators were seriously injured with broken limps and carelessly abandoned without medical care by the transgressing forces. In addition, many citizens were suffocated by the poisonous gas the police intensively used in a densely populated residential area along the Mourada Street in Omdurman, which included children schools and a major hospital for pregnant women and new births. The police forces persecuted the demonstrators inside the office space of the Sudan Liberation Movement and Army of the Manawi group. Umma leaders Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi and Sarah Nugd-Allah and the PCP leaders Abd-Allah Deng and Hussain Dosa were arbitrarily arrested with more than 35 demonstrators of whom many suffered injuries.

The police assault on the peaceful demonstration came next to an earlier demonstration this last Thursday in which several political leaders had been arbitrarily arrested and tortured. The police brutality took place regardless of a political agreement lately approved by the NCP and the SPLM to pass democratic laws on the South referendum and other laws.

The Police Forces are described as a disciplinary service force to execute the law and to keep order. The police are required to perform legal duties honestly and without prejudice in accordance with the law and the acceptable national and international standards by Article 148-1 of the interim Constitution.

SHRO-Cairo appreciates the role that the police plays to protect people and the property by the Police Act 1992 and its regulations. Regrettably, however, the Organization believes that the Police have not performed legal duties properly with respect to the ongoing peaceful demonstrations: The police force is not authorized to persecute peaceful assemblies with poisonous gas, arbitrarily arrests, bodily assaults or tortures, let alone the environmental danger of poisoning the atmosphere in whole residential areas on the sides of the Mourada Street. The Police must abide-by the human rights principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights with which both Police Act 1992 and the Law of Criminal Procedure 1991 must comply.

The Police honesty and non-prejudice should take the forces away from aggressive acts against people in any form or any time under any ruling regime. Here, SHRO-Cairo recalls the distinguished role the police played in kindness and mutual respect with Sudanese demonstrators throughout the struggles of people to enjoy full freedoms and human rights.

We call on the Police to comply fully with the Bill of Rights.

SHRO-Cairo asks for the immediate release of all detainees.

We ask the Police to stop suppressing the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly for good.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 15 December 2009 19:44, by Wende Yongaptheeth

    Sudan police is a terrorist muslim extremmist militia along with their Ja’alyeenweed call the people Defense force.

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

What Makes an Uprising? 2021-09-03 17:29:45 By: Dr Lam Akol* In an undated article, Hon. Atem Garang de Kuek discussed what was required for an uprising in South Sudan to succeed as did three uprisings in the recent history of Sudan (...)

Is IGAD partly responsible for current confusion in South Sudan? 2021-08-21 09:41:17 By Bol Khan In April 2016, Radio Tamazuj posted and answered questions about the fainting Security arrangements or demilitarization of the capital, Juba as stipulated in 2015's signed ARCSS and (...)

South Sudan People Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) is to create warlords 2021-08-19 11:06:28 By Steve Paterno In South Sudan, where just about everyone has access to guns (tons of them), and almost every ambitious politician is a potential warlord, any slight destabilization of the (...)


Latest Press Releases

Statemeny bu Hala al-Karib to UN Security Council on women conditions in Sudan 2021-09-15 11:59:16 Statement by Ms Hala Al-Karib to the UN Security Council 14 September 2021 Madam President, Excellencies, My name is Hala Al-Karib and I am the Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative (...)

Joint Communiqué on the visit of H.E. the Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan to Juba 2021-08-23 11:23:26 19 – 21 August 2021 His Excellency Dr Abdallah Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan and Chairperson of IGAD, accompanied by Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Trade, (...)

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.