Yassin Osman assesses the legal threats of Sudan’s counter-revolutionary coup in 2021 and how the legal profession can help

After Sudan’s military seized power on the morning of 25 October 2021 and instigated an ongoing human rights crackdown against protestors attempting to reclaim their revolution, the country’s optimistic and fragile transitional to democracy had severely delineated. The military-led government has capitalised on its unilateral exclusion of civilian representation in the new government to undermine the democratic transition, cultivating impunity for past and ongoing crimes by curtailing judicial independence and a free legal profession.

Human rights violations

Shortly after arresting and detaining several leading civilian political figures on the day of the coup, including the then-prime minister an...

Yassin Osman
Programme Lawyer
International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

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