Communist & Workers’ Parties in Solidarity with the Sudanese People

Following is a joint statement signed by dozens of communist parties around the world as an expression of their consistent support for the struggle of the Sudanese people for peace, democracy, human rights and social justice.

Since 19 December 2018, we have closely followed the struggle of the Sudanese working people against the repression meted out to the political forces daring to challenge the dictatorial regime, which has been in power since 1989. Millions of people from all corners of Sudan have joined the peaceful struggle for a bona fide transition to democracy. For nearly four months, people have taken to the streets to voice their demand for a genuine end to dictatorship and real change.

A meeting of civilian opposition forces in Sudan at the Communist Party headquarters in Khartoum

A meeting of civilian opposition forces in Sudan at the Communist Party headquarters in Khartoum (Photo: Sudanese Communist Party)

We have noted the attempt by the military forces of Sudan to take over political power in the country, removing Omar al-Bashir on 11 April and forming a Military Transitional Council (MTC). The MTC initially declared a three-month state of emergency and has stated that it will only transfer power to civilian democratic forces after two years. The people of Sudan and their democratic political forces have rejected the move by the military forces which have been integral to the dictatorial regime and lack any legitimacy.

While the people of Sudan have rejected the emergency declared by the MTC as illegitimate, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE have already recognized the MTC. We have noted with concern the news of the meeting of Steven Koutsis, the US envoy in Sudan, with Mohammad Hamdan Daglo, the deputy head of the MTC, in the compound of the presidential palace in Khartoum. Daglo is the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, essentially comprising of the infamous Janjaweed militia who for fifteen years have been reigning terror upon Darfur and are responsible for crimes against humanity in the murder of tens of thousands of people there. The Sudanese political opposition is deeply worried about the nature of the US diplomats’ activities and their implications for the future of democracy in Sudan.

The Forces for Freedom and Change, including the Sudanese Communist Party, have called for further intensified mass united actions to thwart all conspiracies hatched by the USA and its regional reactionary allies to impose the project of “soft landing” with the aim of frustrating the struggle for a secular, independent and democratic government.

The Communist workers parties undersigning this statement support the masses of Sudanese working people protesting in the streets of the capital and other major cities and towns around the country with their slogans “Freedom, Peace and Revolution is the People’s Choice.”

We declare our internationalist solidarity with the struggle of the Sudanese people as represented by the Forces for Freedom and Change, including the Sudanese Communist Party.

Among the parties supporting the statement: Communist Party of Albania, Party of Labour of Austria, Communist Party of Austria, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Belgium, PTB-PVDA (Workers’ Party of Belgium), Brazilian Communist Party, Communist Party of Britain, New Communist Party of Britain, Communist Party of Canada, Communist Party of Chile, Socialist Workers’ Party of Croatia, AKEL (Cyprus), Communist Party Bohemia and Moravia, Communist Party in Denmark, Communist Party of Finland, French Communist Party, German Communist Party, Communist Party of Greece, Hungarian Workers Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Tudeh Party of Iran, Iraqi Communist Party, Communist Party of Kurdistan-Iraq, Communist Party of Ireland, Workers Party of Ireland, Communist Party of Israel, Communist Party of Italy, Party of the Communist Refoundation, Italy, Jordanian Communist Party, Lebanese Communist Party, Socialist Party of Lithuania, Communist Party of Luxemburg, Communist Party of Malta, Communist Party of Mexico, New Communist Party of Netherlands, Communist Party of Norway, Communist Party of Pakistan, Palestinian Communist Party, Palestinian Peoples Party, Paraguayan Communist Party, Philippines Communist Party [PKP 1930], Communist Party of Poland, Portuguese Communist Party, Union of Communist Parties-CPSU, Party of Communists of Serbia, South African Communist Party, Communist Party of Spain, Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain, Communist Party of the Workers of Spain, Communists of Catalonia, Communist Party of Sri Lanka, Communist Party of Swaziland, Communist Party of Sweden, Communist Party of Turkey, Syrian Communist Party, Communist Party of Venezuela, Communist Party of Ukraine, CPUSA, Galizan People’s Union (UPG) and Communist Party of South Sudan.