Today, the European Parliament adopted an urgency resolution
condemning the military coup of 25 October 2021 in Sudan and recalling the
urgent need for the Sudanese military leadership to recommit to the country’s
The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament deplores the
killing of scores of Sudanese protestors and calls for independent
investigations into the deaths and associated violence and for the perpetrators
to be held accountable.
After three years of progress through a democratic reform, the Sudanese
military cannot about-face and turn on its own commitments and, most of all,
its own people. The loss of life of innocent protestors is an unacceptable
result of a brutal oppression of peaceful demonstrations - a basic right of the
people of Sudan.
Renew Europe MEP, Jan-Christoph Oetjen (FDP, Germany), who
negotiated the resolution on Sudan on behalf of our political group, said:
“Violence is never an option. The hard-handed approach, with
which Abdel Fattah al-Burhan oppresses Sudan’s civilians, is not the solution.
This coup d’état is quickly becoming reminiscent of the era of Ahmad al-Bashir.
What Sudan needs is a return to civilian governance and an open and inclusive
This political crisis earns the EUs fullest attention. The EU
should keep a close eye on the outcome of the upcoming UN-led negotiations and
carefully consider its cooperation with Sudanese officials. We should not shy
away from using sanctions against those who hinder Sudan’s return to a
democratic society. At the same time, we must stand ready to help Sudan reach
its full potential.”