On the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, we gathered today in Berlin, as people from Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Mexico from other countries to hold photos of detainees and forcibly disappeared persons in different prisons around the world.
We stand together to demand freedom, justice, and the disclosure of the fate of all political detainees and with the families and loved ones have been waiting for them for years.
Our demand is to hold accountable all those responsible for arrests and enforced disappearances and for torturing and killing hundreds of thousands of people.
Freedom for the detainees and justice for all of us!
Published by taz on June 25th 2020
International aid? Unfortunately, yes.
Sudan needs support after the fall of the dictator. But the Sudanese are tired of conditional aid.
On Thursday, Berlin will host a donor conference for the group "Friends of Sudan". The "Friends" are an association of governments, including Germany, which want to distinguish themselves as "partners" of the Sudanese transitional government after last year's non-violent revolution. Financial support from outside is crucial for the success of the transition.
However, we have our doubts about the kind of assistance that this conference envisages and the actors behind it. Friends of Sudan include countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Emirates, which have worked tirelessly to undermine the revolution.
Germany is not innocent either. During the revolution, the German government behaved ambivalently. Only when the Al-Bashir regime collapsed in April 2019 did it change gear. This is because it was involved in the Al-Bashir regime in an essential way: it served as an important ally of the policy of immigration control and the "externalisation of borders". This cooperation took place within the framework of the "Khartoum process", whose main aim is to make it as difficult as possible for migrants to transit through Sudan to Libya and the Mediterranean region.
Does Sudan need help? Unfortunately, yes, because of structural inequality caused by colonialism, trade agreements and the West's support for dictatorial regimes. Aid is a necessary evil, but the Sudanese people are tired of conditional aid.
Any aid provided while the Federal Government deports Sudanese and other refugees in insecure conditions is not aid, but a deception. The Sudanese women demanded freedom, peace, justice and the power to determine their own future. Only this can lead to stability that is lasting.
Special thanks to Raphaël Aimé Khouri who made this video for us
June 19, 2019
Sudan Demonstration/Sit-in in front of the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany
People Power vs. The World Order
When/Where? Berlin, 4pm 20/06/2019- 5pm 21/06/2019infront of Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin
At the above date and time, Sudanese activists will hold a 24 hour protest in Berlin in front of the German Federal Foreign Office. We expect large numbers of Sudanese and non-Sudanese protestors to join us. Some will travel from other European cities to take part.
Why are we protesting?We are protesting the violence perpetrated by Sudan’s illegitimate Transitional Military Council (TMC), which committed a massacre on June 3, 2019 to disperse peaceful sit-ins in Khartoum and in other cities. The military and its affiliated militias are still committing massacres and internet connection has been deliberately severed by the regime to prevent communication by the Sudanese with each other and the outside world. Specifically, (i) We protest the meeting hosted by the German government on Friday 21 June, 2019, in Berlin, which will bring together the Sudan envoys of some of the biggest powers in the world (the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany) with Norway and the envoys of the African Union and the United Nations, amongst others. Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which are the funders and backers of the murderous TMC, have been invited to take part in the meeting yet no Sudanese have been given the chance to have their say. We assert the right of the Sudanese to self-determination and to decide on their own future. (ii)We protest the dishonest “mediation” being carried out by western powers. On the one hand they issue warnings to Sudan’s TMC to hand over power to civilians. On the other, they continue to collaborate with the military and with its backers. The EU and Germany for example have privileged their migration/externalized borders agenda over the human rights of the Sudanese people, who are calling for peace, freedom and justice. The United States for its part makes weapons-deals with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the U.A.E, instead of sanctioning them (iii)Finally, we protest the lack of sanctions on the TMC, its affiliated militias and the countries backing.
We call on the international community to stop its tacit support for the violence in Sudan!
WE CALL ON ALL GERMAN, EUROPEAN, ARABIC LANGUAGE AND GLOBAL MEDIA TO COVER THIS PROTEST AND TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR VOICES REACH THOSE IN POWER!