Sudanese of Oregon

Dear Senator,

Since Wednesday, December 19th of 2018, Sudan has been in a state of unrest. It has been protesting Omar al-Bashir’s tyrannical government, a government that has murdered peaceful protesters by the use of excessive force in many cities across the country.  

At least 37 peaceful protesters have been killed according to Amnesty international, and the number of people injured is in the hundreds. We are certain that the death toll will continue to rise significantly if the violent crackdown by these forces continues unchallenged.

Our concerns are with Bashir’s despotic and violent government, and his suppression that annihilates citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble and protest.  Bashir’s forces include, but are not limited to, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the police, and the army. These forces have brutally beaten protestors with batons, and have fired tear gas and live ammunition into crowds. 

Not only has the Sudanese government attempted to physically silence the protesters by murdering them, but it has also attempted to mute them on any form of media. The Sudanese government has blocked many social media outlets, such as: twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp.

Many activists are being detained and concerns about their safety is mounting amongst their families, neighbors, and friends. We urge the US Senate to call on the Sudanese Government to immediately stop their atrocities and violent crackdown on these peaceful protestors, stop their unjustified, arbitrary arrests of peaceful demonstrators and release all detainees.

Thank you for your consideration of this humanitarian matter, and the lives of demonstrators who are peacefully expressing their rights.

Sincerely,

Oregon’s Sudanese Americans

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