The Sudan Uprising: Support for the Sudanese People
WASHINGTON, DC- The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) expresses our full support of the revolutionary Sudanese people and condemns the human rights violations carried out by the former Sudanese government, the military, and the Transitional Military Council (TMC). In light of the recent media and internet blackouts in Sudan, we find it more urgent than ever to do what we can in spreading awareness on everything happening in Sudan and uplifting the voices of and resources shared by Sudanese activists.
As young people living in the United States, we also cannot ignore the role of the U.S. government in allowing the TMC to terrorize the Sudanese people: the U.S. provides military aid to Egypt, UAE, and Saudi Arabia— all of which have funneled this aid to the TMC. We must speak out at this moment, not only to raise awareness about the violation of human rights in Sudan but also to hold our own elected officials accountable in this massacre.
On April 11th, 2019, the Sudanese military announced the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir, who had been president of Sudan for 30 years. This shift in power occurred after protests against government cuts to bread and fuel subsidies starting in December, culminating in a sit-in at the military headquarters with demands for a full change in government. For months, protesters had been met with violence, with more than 100 killed, hundreds more injured, and over a thousand arrested.
The Transitional Military Council (TMC) has been serving as the caretaker government since the overthrow of al-Bashir, but their violent crackdown on the protesters’ nonviolent sit-in at the military headquarters on June 3rd, 2019 has completely eroded any trust protesters had with the TMC. Though the TMC has admitted to and condemned the dispersal of the sit-in, this statement has been contradicted and it is unclear whether those in power have any interest in properly addressing the human rights violations that they themselves have caused as they continue to suppress Sudanese activists.
There are many ways Sudanese activists have asked us to support them in their protest, some of which are listed below:
You can donate to the University of Khartoum Alumni Association in North America’s fundraising campaign to help families and individuals in Sudan.
Also consider signing the following petition calling for the U.N. to investigate the violent disruption by police and military personnel of a peaceful protest on June 3rd.
Social media activists are changing their profile pictures to the color blue as a tribute to Mohamed Mattar, a twenty-six year old Sudanese activist killed by the RSF on June 3rd while protecting others.
For a list of resources, see the “Sudan Uprising Master Document,” compiled and updated regularly by Ladin Awad (@yaaaaladin on Twitter and @anfalls on Instagram) in collaboration with other activists.
You can also follow Sara Elhassan (@bsonblast), Yousra Elbagir (@yousraelbagir), Nesrine Malik (@NesrineMalik), Reem Abbas (@ReemWrites), Hiba Morgan (@hiba_morgan), Aya Elmileik (@AyaElmileik), and Ehab (@ehabthebeast) on Twitter and Instagram for updates.
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