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Date of Incident: December 30, 2021

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Red Sea University

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On December 30, 2021, state security forces fired tear gas at demonstrators on the Red Sea University campus.

The demonstrators were rallying against a military coup that began in late October. Sources indicate that security forces apparently chased protesters demonstrating in the city of Port Sudan onto the university campus, where they launched tear gas and beat them.

Scholars at Risk is concerned by the use of force against nonviolent protesters on a university campus. State security forces have a responsibility to respect civilians’ peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly — conduct that is expressly protected by international human rights instruments including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — and should refrain from using force on higher education campuses to restrict peaceful expressive activity.

*SAR identified this incident in data made publicly available by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).السودان-مواجهات-عنيفة-بين-الشرطة-والم/