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Sudan solidarity

25 April 2023

Sudan solidarity statement from Black Members' Standing Committee

Fraternal greetings to the trade unions and civilian groups in Sudan.

With great despondency and tremendous concern, we have followed the current catastrophic descent into heavily armed battles in Sudan. We have been inspired by the crucial role of our trade union brothers and sisters and the moving levels of democratic participation including the emergence of new independent unions in 2018 and 2019. The incredibly powerful role of women in the revolution in Sudan send shivers of admiration across the world.

We know that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are not battling over local control in isolation, we know that the source of this conflict lies partly in the tremendous popular uprising in 2019 that inspired the world and the way the democratic transition that followed in Sudan was deliberately attacked by internal and external forces. The glorious revolutions descended into paramilitary power struggles and humanitarian crises. Millions of Sudanese are in urgent need of aid, lacking access to medical care and supplies, water and food, and electricity. 

We support the rejection of war by the Alliance of Demand-Based Campaigns (TAM) and echo the Sudanese demands for: 

  • an immediate ceasefire 
  • immediate humanitarian aid 
  • the cancelling of Sudan's debt.

Read more on the background here.

Last updated: 10 July 2023