The memo issued by the judiciary authorities in Sudan stressed that freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly are guaranteed by the constitutional document.
The judiciary authorities in Sudan said that the recent situation in the country, accompanied by the many murders that have taken place outside the law, were too much to “bear silent witness to.”
Today, Thursday, dozens of judges carried out a protest sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Supreme National Court in the Sudanese capital, during which they condemned the military coup and affirmed their support for the civil democratic transformation.
In a memorandum submitted to the Sovereignty Council, the judiciary clarified that it was the protector of rights and was entrusted with administering justice in the country.
The memorandum, which was read out during the protest stand, came with the approval of the Chief Justice, the President of the Supreme Court, the judges of the Supreme Court, the judges of the General Court, and the judges of the District Courts.
The memorandum stressed that expression of opinion and peaceful demonstration was a right guaranteed by the constitutional document and the laws.
“Therefore, the Sovereignty Council must do all that is possible in order to protect the people and preserve their rights,” the judiciary memo stated.
It also stressed on the need to stop all forms of attacks against citizens when going out in processions and demonstrations.
The memorandum called on the head of the revolutionary Sovereignty Council and members of the council to make every possible effort to get the country out of its current crisis as soon as possible.
The Judges Condemn
The judicial authority’s move comes a day after Sudanese judges of various ranks condemned the military authorities’ grave violations of extrajudicial killing and excessive violence that spared no one.
55 male and female judges, including judges from the Supreme Court and of Appeals Court, had stressed that the violations must stop immediately.
They also stressed that the violations should not pass without bringing the perpetrators in for criminal investigation and for justice to be served.
The judges explained that the military authorities in Sudan have violated all covenants since its coup on October 25.
The statement also said that the military practiced the “most heinous types of violations against unarmed demonstrators”, with the number of victims who met their demise in those demonstrations having reached more than 70 martyrs.