The United States sanctioned Sudan’s Central Reserve Police (CRP) force for human rights violations on Monday.
The Treasury Department charged the CRP with being “at the forefront” of the crackdown on anti-military protests in the northeast African country.
Nelson stated, “We condemn Sudan’s security services for killing, harassing, and intimidating Sudanese citizens.” “These actions are exacerbating Sudan’s crisis.” Any CRP assets in the United States will be frozen as a result of the sanctions. “Today’s sanctions send an important message that those responsible for the killing and injuring of peaceful protesters in Sudan will be held accountable,” said Charlie Loudon, an international legal adviser at the rights group REDRESS.Brian Nelson
“Since the military takeover on October 25, Sudan’s Central Reserve Police has used excessive force and violence to silence civilian activists and protesters,” Treasury undersecretary Brian Nelson said in a statement.Brian Nelson
Since the military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on October 25, there have been regular protests calling for civilian rule, with heavy-handed crackdowns killing 87 people, according to medics.
The October coup upended a precarious power-sharing agreement between the army and civilians that had been painstakingly negotiated following the 2019 ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.