For using “excessive force” against peaceful anti-military demonstrators in Khartoum, President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday has sanctioned Sudan’s Central Reserve Police.
The Central Reserve Police, a division of the wider police force was at the “forefront” of the crackdown against the protest movement that swept the country since the October coup last year, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.
“Since the October 25 military takeover, Sudan’s Central Reserve Police has used excessive force and violence intended to silence civilian activists and protesters,” the Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson, said in the statement.
“We condemn Sudan’s security services for killing, harassing, and intimidating Sudanese citizens.”
Over 80 people were killed in protests in the capital Khartoum alone, and over 3,000 were injured mainly by gunfire in the five months of protests.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a separate statement called for an immediate end to violence against peaceful protesters.
“We remain poised to use all tools at our disposal to support the Sudanese people in their pursuit of a democratic, human rights-respecting, and prosperous Sudan,” Blinken said.
This is the first time the U.S. has sanctioned a Sudanese force since the October coup.
The sanctions bars Americans from dealing with the Sudanese and include an assets freeze although it is not clear if the force has any assets in the U.S.