The White House
United States Congress
U.N. Human Rights Council
Association of African Universities
We, the undersigned Sudanese American citizens, human rights activists and humanitarian organizations would like to draw your attention on the violations of basic human rights by the Sudanese totalitarian regime. Once again the government committed more crimes against the people of Darfur despite the ongoing calls from the international community to end such violations.
ON April 2017, students form Bakht Alruda launched a peaceful demonstration inside the University campus for discrimination allegations against students from Darfur region that committed by University Administration. In one of these demonstration, Police entered campus and arrested more than 75 students all of them from Darfur region. Students felt that the arrests were racially motivated. The Darfur Lawyers' Organization (DLO) nonprofit pro bono lawyers representing students demanded immediate release of 75 students because the arrests were baseless and are racially motivated. Eventually, Sudanese authorities released 66 students and kept 9 students. Since April, these students still in prison and there is no court schedule date.
On July 17th, 2017, and due to systematically racial discriminations carried out by the University Administration, constantly police harassments in and outside of the campus against students from Darfur region over twelve hundred students originally from Darfur were forced to submitted their resignations to the University of Bakht Alruda, in Ed Dueim, White Nile State. Students wanted to solve these issues with University Administration, but their efforts were turned down, Sudanese president who is wanted by International Criminal Court (ICC) took University said and stated that those 1200 students are Darfur Rebels sympathizers and they must be treated as rebels.
Failure of negotiations and the decision that made by the University and White Nile governor to unwelcome students back to University of the State have forces students to return back to their region of Darfur. However, on their way back, the Sudanese security forces have seriously put their safety and security in grave danger by committing these actions:-
Up to this moment, Four-Hundred and fifty (450) made their way back to Darfur after arduous trip that was escorted by security forces. Upon their arrival to North Darfur State, Sudanese Council of Ministers issued a statement accusing students by trying to destabilize the Darfur region and that the security forces must stop them. Security forces acted as were ordered and they denied students right to assemble and forced students to disperse into groups. We believe that the lives of the students in great danger. We also believe that all sufferings, hardships, and sorrows of the students, are the real face of the ongoing genocide, and it should be stopped as soon as possible.
Furthermore, if the United States government and the international community let the regime slip away with these serious human rights violations, we will see more crimes and this will encourage a bad behavior and will destabilize the region in general.
Therefore, we as the United States citizens and human rights activists around the world call upon and demand the international community to put more pressure on the fascist government to stop the violence against the students, and respect their basic human rights.
Our immediate demands for the displaced students are as follow:-
We are extremely concerned, and looking forward to the international community to put more pressure on the government, and take a serious action to protect those students, who are victimized racially.
Emergency Relief Task Force for Darfur Students at Bakht Ruda University