Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement on the ongoing protests and situation in Sudan:
“Canada commends the courage of the Sudanese people, who continue to exercise their fundamental right to freedom of expression and assembly. We call on the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to avoid any violent response and to respect the rights of the people.
“We support the African Union’s (AU’s) suspension of Sudan from all of its activities, and we commend the ongoing AU/Ethiopia mediation effort. As the AU-imposed deadline to hand over power to a civilian-led transition team has now passed, we urgently call for good faith negotiations to secure the path to a genuine civilian-led government.
“The violent response by the TMC to peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable, and we condemn the killing and wounding of unarmed, peaceful protestors. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those who were unjustly killed and those who were injured in these attacks. Canada calls for a full investigation of the incidents and for the perpetrators be held to account. We will continue to stand with the people of Sudan and their just demands for democracy and human rights.”