The United States has urged the Government of Sudan to immediately investigate all charges of harsh treatment of peaceful protesters demanding democracy in the country.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland expressed deep concern over reports that tear gas, rubber bullets, baton beatings, arbitrary arrests, and even torture have been used against those protesting.
Washington called on the Sudanese Government to halt the violence and respect the universal rights and fundamental freedoms of its citizens, including freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly. Sudan faces serious challenges that cannot be solved by suppressing dissenting views and forcibly disrupting peaceful demonstrations.
There are voices in Sudan that are calling for an end to the conflict in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile through political negotiations and for immediate humanitarian assistance. They call for lifting restrictions on the press and speech. They call for reaching mutually beneficial agreements with South Sudan and an end to confrontation between the two countries. They call for bringing all relevant parties in Darfur into the peace process and highlight the role that continuing impunity plays in forestalling a just and enduring peace for the people of Sudan.
The statement reminded that these are "reasonable and highly desirable goals which would help Sudan address its current economic crisis and allow for growth and prosperity for all Sudanese, in both Sudan and South Sudan." Several of these objectives are mandated by the Africa Union Peace and Security Council communique of April 24, and in United Nations Security Council resolution 2046."
by RTT Staff Writer
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