Open Letter to the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Calls for Members to Boycott Sudanese General Al-Burhan
DAWN joined 18 Sudanese and international organizations in signing an open letter calling on United Nations member states to boycott Sudanese General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan's participation in the upcoming United Nations General Assembly meetings.
The full text of the letter can be read below.
The coup government in Sudan announced the intention of the coup leader, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to head the Sudanese delegation to participate in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opens on September 13, 2022. We call on member states and their delegations to boycott any meetings attended or addressed by General Al-Burhan, and to abide by their prior statements and positions – including the statements and resolutions of the United Nations and the Security Council – to act in full support of the return of a civilian-led transitional government in Sudan.
On October 25, 2021, General Al-Burhan led a military coup that overthrew the transitional civilian government and froze the provisions of the 2019 constitutional document agreed following the popular revolution that toppled President Omar Bashir. Since the coup, the social and economic conditions in Sudan have deteriorated and violence has escalated. At least 120 martyrs have been killed as a result of the coup forces' suppression of the ongoing mass resistance. Inter-communal and tribal conflicts in Darfur, Blue Nile and other parts of Sudan have escalated, killing at least 380 Sudanese citizens since January 2022.
General Al-Burhan's participation and leadership of the Sudanese delegation is a
reprehensible normalization with tyranny and suppression of the will of Sudanese
peoples. Any signal of welcome by the United Nations or by member states lends
legitimacy to the coup and fuels the spread of the disease of dictatorship in Africa.
- The Sudanese Front Against the Coup
- Fikra for Research and Development
- Sudan Change Now Movement
- Sudan Human Rights Network
- Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
- The Regional Center for Training and Development of Civil Society
- NY Coalition for Sudan
- Jews Against Genocide
- Sudan Unlimited
- Never Again Coalition
- Society for Threatened People
- Association of Sudanese American Professors in America (ASAPA)
- Brooklyn Coalition for Darfur & Marginalized Sudan
- Jewish World Watch
- Act for Sudan
- Katartismos Global
- Anglican Persecuted Church Network
- GAFCON Suffering Church Network (Global Anglican Future Conference)