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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Statement On Sudan’s State of Emergency Declaration and Government Restructuring

February 23, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, imposed a year-long state of emergency, dissolved the country’s federal and state governments, announced a makeshift cabinet, and replaced all state governors with military generals.

“These emerging events are very concerning. Security forces will have greater powers and I am concerned that this could lead to increasing crackdown on civilians including more arrests, holding protesters in detention for longer without access to lawyers, and even deaths.

“This new path is unfortunate. The United States relationship with Sudan was moving in a positive direction and this will certainly impact that progress. The U.S. supports the Sudanese people’s desire for democratic, representative governance and the freedom to exercise their civil liberties.  

“Sudan is at a crossroads and the country has an opportunity to reengage with the international community. I urge Sudan to respect citizens’ rights to freedom of assembly; end arbitrary detention and excessive force against protesters; and end the harassment and intimidation of journalists, human rights defenders, political opposition, medical personnel, students, and other civil society actors.”