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Overview

The transitional government’s modest progress towards improving the human rights situation suffered a major setback after the October military coup. Security forces used excessive and even lethal force, and other repressive measures, including reported cases of gender-based violence, to counter protests and opposition to the takeover. At least 53 people were killed and hundreds injured in demonstrations following the coup. Military authorities used prolonged arbitrary detention, arresting dozens of civilian political leaders and activists, holding them in incommunicado detention. Internet and telecommunication services were regularly disrupted and journalists were attacked. Previous promises to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by security forces remained unfulfilled. Civilians in the western region of Darfur continued to be inadequately protected by security authorities from unlawful attacks by militias in which hundreds of civilians died. While the government increased health expenditure, hospitals lacked essential resources. Women protested against the rise in gender-based violence and discriminatory laws. A fresh wave of refugees fleeing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region arrived in Sudan.

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