Sudan’s leading pro-democracy group rejects UN mediation efforts | United Nations News

The Sudanese Professionals Association refuses to meet with UN representatives and accuses the UN mission of failing to condemn the military coup.

Sudan’s leading pro-democracy group has blasted the United Nations, accusing it of failing to protect the country’s transition to democracy and of being soft on the generals who led the October 25 military coup.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has led dozens of protests since the military coup in October – and also led protests in 2019 that led to the ousting of former Sudanese President Omar al -Bashir – again rejected a UN initiative. Mission in Sudan aimed at bringing civilians and soldiers to the negotiating table.

“The UNITAMS mission failed to fulfill its mission in accordance with the mandate given to it by the UN Security Council to support and monitor the democratic transition in the country,” the group said. said in a press release Friday on his official Twitter account.

“Your mission did not explicitly condemn the coup,” he added. “All the movements of your mission implied recognition of the coup authorities.”

The African nation has been on a shaky path to democracy since a popular uprising forced the military to depose al-Bashir and his government in April 2019.

The upheaval in Sudan deepened last month after the resignation of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who had been the civilian face of the transitional government for the past two years.

The prime minister, who was deposed in the October coup only to be reinstated a month later under heavy international pressure, resigned on January 2 after his efforts to reach a compromise failed.

“Position of neutrality”

Friday’s statement came as the UN mission continued consultations to find a way out of the lingering crisis.

“By including the putschists, your consultations blatantly contradict the aspirations of the Sudanese people,” SPA said, speaking to Volker Perthes, head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, or UNITAMS .

“The initiative launched by Mr. Volcker… took a position of neutrality towards the military coup in its call for dialogue and communication between the ‘Sudanese parties’,” he said, adding that the position is in “violation of mandate”.

In the same statement, the SPA reiterated its opposition to any further discussion or partnership with the military. The group insisted that the military must withdraw from politics and allow an all-civilian government to lead the transition.

The group reiterated a slogan often used during anti-coup protests, saying: “No negotiation, no partnership, no legitimacy”.

Meanwhile, the Sovereign Council, formed by al-Burhan after the coup with himself as president, hailed the UN-led dialogue, as did the US, UK, Israel. Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), Sudan’s main civilian bloc, also said they would join the consultations “to restore the democratic transition”.

Consultation sessions are continuing, with Perthes reportedly saying the mission wanted to “hear what the Sudanese think is the solution to overcoming the current political stalemate and not the other way around”.

Since the coup, at least 79 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in a widely condemned crackdown on protests, according to the Sudanese Doctors Committee, a medical group that tracks casualties among protesters.

There were also large-scale arrests of activists leading anti-coup protests and allegations of sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, during a December 19 protest in Khartoum, according to the UN.

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