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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Reps. Bass Statement On Violence In Sudan

January 8, 2019
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Over the past three weeks, Sudan has witnessed widespread anti-government protests triggered by the sharp rise in the cost of bread and fuel. Reports have emerged that the government has responded with a violent crackdown, which has included firing live ammunition at unarmed civilians and arresting more than 800 protesters. Amnesty International reports that dozens have been killed.

Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“Governments across Africa must understand that respect for human rights is not an option.  Citizens must be allowed to exercise their civil liberties including the right to peacefully protest.  I am very concerned about the government’s heavy-handed response to these recent protests.  I am also troubled by the number of arrests and detention of activists, protestors and journalists without charge. This development will make it increasingly difficult for the U.S. to normalize relations."