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Sanctions, Sanctions, and Sanctions!

Mohammed Saad

Last week the US Congress advanced legislation to sanction anyone who undermines “the transition to democracy in Sudan, alongside a resolution condemning the October military takeover.

The Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives advanced both bills by voice vote without a single objection from any member.

According to Congress, the  United States plays a productive role in helping Sudan realize a civilian-led democratic transition.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meeks said during the votes “While Sudan’s military and civilian leaders reached a deal last month and resumed the democratic transition, let me be clear; those who seek to undermine Sudan’s transition to democracy violate human rights and exploit this delicate political process will be held accountable.”

The Sudan DemocracyAct, introduced by republican young Kim, would block the assets of anyone who interferes in Sudan’s democratic transition, threatens its stability, restricts freedom of expression or media access, engages in arbitrary detentions or torture, or misappropriates Sudanese state funds.

The bill also calls on the military to return to constitutional rule under the transitional constitution as the starting point for negotiations with civilians towards the full civilian rule.

On the other hand, the bill determined three major aspects for assisting Sudan i.e. training of a professional army, reforming the security institutions, and supporting the security arrangements of the Juba Peace Agreement signed in October 2020.

As usual, the USA Administration is practicing the stick and carrot policy in coordination with some beneficiaries who dissent differentiate between their hostile with some leaders in Sudan and Sudan as a nation.

Historically, those civilian figures who are now in the ruling cabinet were the cause of imposing the sanctions during the Salvation rule which price was paid by the Sudanese citizens.

The justification is that the sanctions are target individuals; but how come they are individual and at the same time, it affects the banking transactions and blocks the accounts.

Unfortunately, all the politicians in Sudan are concerned to serve their interests and the interests of the parties they belong to.

The big question remains, who makes the US Administration a guardian to the Sudanese government and people? Isn’t Sudan a free country?

Till when shall we continue being under the mercy of some individuals’ desires just because they have relations with the Congress without caring for the interests of the Sudanese people?

I believe that we have a rational government that acquired the admiration of all parties along with a fair legislative and legal system that can bring to book all criminals.

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