Al-Adiyah Sit-in Dispersal

On May 5, 2021, joint forces attacked the peaceful protestors to break up the sit-in in Al-Adiyah locality, west of the city of Al-Fula, in West Kordofan state. The Sudanese Human Rights Group (Huqooq) monitored the violations that resulted in the death of a civilian and various injured with tear gas and live ammunition.

The incident dates back to December 20, 2020, when citizens of Al-Adiyah Zakaria staged a sit-in in Freedom Square after continuous complaints about the lack of basic services, to demand the basic rights represented in the following services:

  1. Rehabilitation of hospitals and health services,
  2. electrical supply,
  3. water supply,
  4. road rehabilitation,
  5. Structuring the Freedom and Change Coordination based on the components contained in the constitutional document.

 

At one o’clock in the morning, government forces wearing police uniforms belonging to the emergency unit, according to eyewitnesses, raided the sit-in area and beat all those present with sticks and batons, resulting in the following injuries:

  1. Suleiman Ahmed Suleiman (27) years old – Struck with buttstock of rifle in the head,
  2. Jibril Salem Muhamad (20) – Struck with electric baton to the leg,
  3. Youssef Abbas Mohammed (25) – Struck with electric baton to the head

 

The sit-in tents, chairs, and other belongings were burned during the sit-in dispersal with a flammable substance, and the police refused to record reports of the injured, according to the testimonies of the injured.

Then, as an expression of their rejection to the attack, the citizens of the city of Al-Adiyah Zakaria staged a sit-in in front of the house of the locality executive director and the head of the security committee on the same day and demanded that the governor of the state (Hamad Abdul Rahman Saleh) come and form an independent investigation committee to investigate the dispersal of the sit-in and bring the perpetrators to a fair trial.

 

This was responded to by mobilizing more joint government forces at exactly two o’clock in the afternoon, as 7 cars heavily armed with heavy weapons and tear gas and a civilian vehicle (Buffalo) carrying the Public Prosecutor (Walid Al-Alam) belonging to the Prosecution office of the city of Al-Fula; The capital of West Kordofan State.

The Public Prosecutor ordered an officer with the rank of captain to disperse the protesters by force. The forces consisting of seven military vehicles used excessive force to disperse the citizens with live ammunition and tear gas, which resulted in the death of the citizen:

  1. Howayda Hassan Omar, suffocated with tear gas

 

Two civilians were wounded by live ammunition:

  1. Ezzedine Haroun Bakhit, 16 years old, was shot in the pelvic area
  2. Abdel Nasser Ali Mohamed Ali, 22 years old, was shot in the leg

 

Then a force belonging to the Rapid Support forces, led by lieutenant colonel (AlTaj), launched campaigns of arrests, targeting citizens, including activists and members of resistance committees, including:

 

Number Name Age Marital Status Occupation
1 Mohamed Ahmed Adam Abdulla 25    
2 Mohamed Al-Kheir Ahmed Madani 34 Single Employee
3 Mohamed Eisa Mohamed Dahiya 22 Single Student
4 Assad Abdulla Hussien 31 Single Freelance
5 Adam Eisa Mohamed Dahiya 19 Single Student
6 Omar Mohamed Al-Ameen 20 Single Student
7 Abdulraoof Sulieman Fadil  19 Single Student
8 Ibrahim Khojali 54 Married Freelance
9 Wael Yousif Ibrahim 17 Single Student
10 Suleiman Mohamed Suleiman 17 Single Student
11 Mohamed Jafaar 16 Single Student
12 Ayoub Abshar Kuku 48 Married Freelance
13 Jibril Salem Mohamed Suleiman 19 Single Freelance
14 ElGizouli Altayeb Mirghani  26 Single Student
15 Saad Al Sheikh Ismail 19 Single Freelance
16 Ahmed Hassan Alnoor 45 Married Freelance
17 Othman Ahmed Alnoor 35 Married Employee
18 Hassan Abdulla Sulieman 19 Single Freelance
19 Mohamed Hassan Hamed 25 Single Student
20 Fayiz Yihya Dawood 35 Single Freelance
21 Abdel Taki Hamed Norain 19 Single Freelance
22 AlBori AlNair Hassan 18 Single Student
23 Hamed Kamal 18 Single Freelance
24 Abu Al Qasim Ahmed 25 Single Freelance
25 Mohamed Yaseen Sulieman 46 Married Freelance
26 Eisa Fadel Abdulla 49 Married Freelance
27 Haroon Adam Ismail 36 Married Freelance
28 Ruqaiyah Salam Adam 45 Married Teacher
29 Halimah Abker 46 Married Freelance

 

They were tried according to the emergency law, and all detainees are imprisoned in Al-Fula prison.

 

 

The Sudanese Human Rights Group holds the Security Committee headed by the Governor of West Kordofan State responsible for dispersing two sit-ins in Al-Adiyah Zakaria, the first in Freedom Square and the second in front of the Executive Director’s house, and stresses that the right of peaceful assembly is guaranteed in the constitutional document and international conventions that the state must implement and protect.

 

The Sudanese Human Rights Group (Huqooq) demands:

  • West Kordofan state government to fully implement the demands of the peaceful protesters.
  • West Kordofan state government to conduct an investigation into the violations that accompanied the dispersal of the two sit-ins
  • West Kordofan state government to release the detainees.
  •  West Kordofan state government to guarantee freedom of expression and the protection of peaceful protesters in accordance with what was stated in the constitutional document of the transitional government.
  • The transitional government should implement institutional reforms in line with human rights standards and train forces, and should not resort to force except as the situation requires, while restricting it to a minimum, as stipulated in the basic principles of law enforcement. 

 

 A video showing the attack on citizens:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-kR47308i1aL8KwVuq67wWMnJkxt-6JG/view?usp=sharing

 

The pictures below show the arrests and the sit-in dispersal:

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