AGJA urges Sudanese authorities to recommit to democratic transition and justice

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) strongly urges authorities in Sudan to  recommit to the country’s democratic transition and to the protection of fundamental  human rights and freedoms. 

Two weeks ago, the military took power in Sudan, arresting civilian leaders. The AGJA  commends the ongoing efforts of the African Union under the leadership of President  Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and AU High  Representative for the Horn of Africa, as well as United Nations and others to find a mediated  solution to the current crisis. 

The Africa Group also expresses its profound concerns over reports of violence against  protestors in Sudan. All actors responsible for illegally detaining, injuring and killing civilians  during this time must be held to account. Demonstrators must be allowed to express their  will without fear of excessive force or violent retribution. 

AGJA also urges that Sudan’s leaders recommit to working with international and regional  actors in achieving justice and accountability for atrocities in Darfur as well as those related  to the 2019 uprising against the regime of Omar al-Bashir. Whether at the International  Criminal Court or in the proposed Special Court for Darfur, victims and survivors of atrocities  in the country deserve to see perpetrators held to account. 

Above all, the Africa Group stands in solidarity with the citizens of Sudan who, only two years  ago, agitated for democratic change, a process of constitutional renewal, and civilian  governance. The people of Sudan have shown remarkable courage in entering the streets to  demand that their democratic aspirations and dignity be upheld. AGJA commends their  commitment to justice and peace. 

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