BY YESMAN ANTOH–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS- Accra, Ghana- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Ghana has joined hands with the Sudanese Community in Ghana to present a petition to the Sudanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mohammed Ahmed Khalil Musa, over killing and gross human rights abuse in Sudan.
AI Ghana, the Sudanese Community and their allies walked through the Airport Police Station displaying play cards with inscriptions such as; ‘we are Sudan, we want protection, end human rights abuses in Sudan now, make Sudan safe for the citizens among others holding Sudanese national flag marched to the Embassy to present their petition.
In the one-and-half paged document presented to the Sudanese Embassy and signed by the AI Ghana condemns recent violence and killings of innocent protestors in Sudan which occurred on June 3, 2019.
Presenting the petition to Musa, the Campiagn and Fundraising Coordinator of AI Ghana, Samuel Agbotse said on June 3, 2019, more than 100 people were killed in the capital of Kharton, where doctors said at least 40 of those who died were dumped in to the River Nile while the governing Transitional Military Council puts the figure at 61.
According to them, “it is unacceptable for the Rapid Forces to kill innocent protesters who were only exercising their democratic rights adding that internet access to the country has also been cut off in Sudan in an attempt to disorganized and disrupt freedom of information and lawful gathering of protestors.”
Agbotse said Amnesty International Ghana alongside their Sudanese community is calling on the Sudanese Ambassador to Ghana to put pressure on the Transitional Military Council to immediately protect the rights of Sudanese to freely demonstrate, end the killing of protestors by the Rapid Support Forces and withdraw these forces from any policing and law-enforcement operation.
The group are also demanding for peaceful transitions of power to a civilian government, ensure all those responsible for unlawful killings and forced disappearance and also unblock access to internet and social to give the people of Sudan the opportunity to information and exercise freedom of expression and speech.
“We are calling on the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and the African Union as well as all African leaders to immediately call the current Sudanese authority to order and ensure the safety of every Sudanese,” Agbotse stated.
Receiving the petition on behalf of the Sudanese government, Musa assured Amnesty International Ghana and the Sudanese Community in Ghana of delivering their message to the governing Transitional Military Council of Sudan.
The spokesperson of the Sudanese Community in Ghana, Ayoub Gamardeen said it is time the Transitional Military Council should immediately bring perpetual peace to the country and return power to civilian rule.
“We are calling on the international community to speak out about the inhumane treatment currently ongoing in Sudan,” Gamardeen stated.
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