Urgent call to the Transitional Government to ensure the safety and protection of all Sudanese

(6 August 2020) African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) expresses deep concern over the deterioration of security in Sudan, specifically in the Dafur region where several militia attacks and tribal clashes have left hundreds dead and several injured. ACJPS has documented another incident of tribal clash in West Darfur that has left sixty people dead and fifty one injured, including five minors. The Transitional Government should urgently set up an independent and impartial commission to ensure an immediate and effective investigation into the full scale of the killing and injury, identify those responsible, and hold them accountable. The government should also consider including Independent civil society organisations in the commission of inquiry.

ACJPS further calls on the Transitional government to;-
• Urgently develop a plan to address the past and recent conflicts, attacks and tribal clashes in the Darfur region especially the human rights violations.
• Come up with a mechanism to resolve land conflicts in the Darfur region
• Reform the police and deploy them to maintain peace.
• Disarm all militias and civilians
To the Forces of Freedom and Change Alliance,
• Ensure equal representation and participation of all Sudanese in the alliance.

On 25 July 2020, about 1,500 armed men from the Maharia (Arab) and Mima tribes dressed in plain clothes as wells in uniforms of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) attacked Masteri town. Masteri town has a population of approximately 100,000 people majority of whom are the Masalite (African) tribe. The men rode in Land Cruiser Toyota vehicles in light green colors, motorcycles, camels and Horse backs while some of them marched. They were armed with at least four types weapons including tanks fixed on top of the land cruisers known as “Duska” tanks, automatic guns (submachine guns ) , “ kalashnikov” in addition to J3. ACJPS believes the attack to be a tribal clash as both the attackers and the victims are residents of same locality. The Maharia live in Beida village whilst the Mima tribe live in Frashna neighborhood, both villages fall under the administrative jurisdictions of Beida located in South West of Elgenina, the capital of West Darfur about 47 Kilometers away. Masteri town also falls under Beida.