Statement: No Talks before Criminals are Brought to Account
No Talks before Criminals are Brought to Account
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) today will not go back to the negotiation table with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) until those responsible for last week’s barbaric attacks on demonstrators at the Army HQ are brought to justice.
Following up on our announcement of yesterday, we stand firm in our rejection of any proposed resumption of direct negotiations with the Military Council. While we appreciate the mediation of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, H.E. Abiy Ahmad, we need to emphasize that for such an effort to be successful, the following measures must be immediately met:
- Set up an internationally recognized independent investigation panel, with international panel to probe into the criminal attacks on protesters near the Army HQ in Khartoum and other sit-in camps across the country, as well as all crimes committed since April 11, and bring perpetrators and those who issued the orders to fair trial.
- Put an end to the systematic killing and torturing of peaceful citizens by the Janjaweed militias and withdraw those forces out of cities, towns, and villages.
- Free all political detainees and prisoners of war and put an end to the ongoing arrest campaign against citizens, particularly those working in strategic sectors such as banking, utilities and aviation, as well political activists and revolutionaries.
- Restore public freedoms and cease all violations of the rights of expression and association.
- Lift the ban on the internet service, imposed by the coup junta to cover up for their atrocious crimes in the streets of cities and villages.
- The ultimate aim of any mediation effort should be to facilitate the transfer of power to a transitional civilian authority in line with the Freedom and Change Declaration.
Our immediate focus now is on ensuring the success of our all-out civil disobedience and open political strike.
07 June 2019