ITUC condemns Sudan military coup

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The ITUC has joined its regional organisation, ITUC-Africa, in denouncing the military coup in Sudan.

Several anti-coup protesters have been killed by the military and more than 100 people injured in the violent crackdown unleashed by military head Abdel-Fattah Burhan.

Sudan’s trade unions are at the forefront of widespread civil opposition to the military’s seizure of power.

The African Union has suspended Sudan, and there is pressure intensifying from many countries for the junta to step aside and allow a democratic transition.

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “We unequivocally condemn the actions of the military, which are designed to allow military leaders to fully regain control of key economic sectors and escape accountability for human rights violations over many years, much like the military junta in Myanmar.

“The actions of the United Arab Emirates, which has sustained the military with weapons and economic support for some years, as well as interference from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, must also be condemned.

“We stand in solidarity with the Sudanese trade unions and the people of the country who are opposing the military and demanding the resumption of a democratic transition. All those who have been detained by the military must be released immediately, and the authors of the coup must be held accountable for their murderous crimes against the people.”