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International statement urges investigations into sexual violence claims during demonstrations

“We urge the authorities to conduct a full and independent investigation into these allegations of violence and to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable, regardless of their affiliation,” the international statement issued on Thursday said.

Khartoum: Fath Al-Rahman Ahmed Mohamed

An international statement urged the coup authorities in Sudan to conduct a full and independent investigation into sexual violence against women, including rape, during the December 19 protests in the capital, Khartoum.

The statement, which Canada, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States issued conjunctly, condemned the use of sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon to keep women away from demonstrations and silence women’s voices.

The Director of the Unit for Combating Violence against Women at the Ministry of Social Development in Sudan, Salima Ishaq, revealed that at least 8 women were raped in the vicinity of the Presidential Palace during the 19th of December last Sunday.

In an exclusive statement to AlTaghyeer, Salima said she believes that the number of women who have been raped to be greater than that documented, and she explained that some victims had opened criminal reports.

“We urge the authorities to conduct a full and independent investigation into these allegations of violence and to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable, regardless of their affiliation,” the international statement issued on Thursday said.

“The citizens of Sudan must be granted the right to freedom of political expression and assembly free of violence.”

The statement referred to the women’s demonstration against sexual violence, which was called by feminist groups in the capital Khartoum today, Thursday.

Last Sunday, thousands of Sudanese responded to the call of the resistance committees and revolutionary bodies to march in protest against the military coup and to demand a return to the civilian democratic path on the third anniversary of the December revolution.

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