On Sunday, the coup government in Sudan sent more Central Reserve Forces of the- which were recently sanctioned by the US – to the Darfur region.
On Sunday, the West Darfur state announced the arrival of “support forces from the Central Reserve Police,” coming from Khartoum, to El-Geneina, “to enhance stability in the region.”
Last year, the city of El-Geneina witnessed unprecedented spikes in violent conflict.
The violence continued for several days, causing the displacement of tens of thousands, disrupting life in the city.
At the time, the authorities were forced to send forces from the Central Reserve to maintain security and restore stability.
The Director of the Police Department in West Darfur Suleiman Ismail Khareef confirmed, according to the Sudan News Agency on Sunday, that the forces that arrived in the state “will work to establish the prestige of the state and provide security and prosperity for the citizen.”
He stressed that these forces “will strike with an iron fist anyone who seeks to destabilize security and tamper with the citizens’ gains.”
It is noteworthy that, in March, the United States of America placed the Central Reserve Forces on its blacklist due to its violations against peaceful protesters.
The US Treasury imposed sanctions on the reserve forces “due to serious human rights violations”, accusing them of using excessive force against peaceful protesters.
“Since the military seized power on October 25, 2021, Sudan’s Central Reserve Police have used excessive force and violence to silence activists and civilian protesters,” Brian Nelson, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in a statement.
“We condemn the Sudanese security services for killing, harassing and intimidating Sudanese citizens,” he added.
The Central Reserve Forces have been at the forefront of the Sudanese security forces’ violent crackdown on peaceful protests in Khartoum.