Sudan military warns against defying curfew

Sudan’s military is warning protesters not to challenge a curfew that has been imposed across the country after ousting autocratic president Omar al-Bashir in response to escalating popular protests.

Defense Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Ouf on Thursday declared a monthlong curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The curfew is part of a package of measures taken by the military on Thursday.

A transitional military council will lead the country for two years, a measure that left pro-democracy demonstrators angry and disappointed.

The military has also suspended the constitution, closed the borders and the country’s airspace.

The measures were meant to address nearly four months of anti-government protests demanding that al-Bashir step down

ICC at the Hague

Two international rights groups are urging Sudanese military authorities to hand over ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, where he faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur region.

Amnesty International’s secretary general, Kumi Naidoo says al-Bashir is wanted for “some of the most odious human rights violations of our generation.”

Sudan’s military ousted al-Bashir on Thursday in response to escalating popular protests and imposed an emergency clampdown on the country.

Naidoo also said military authorities “should ensure that emergency laws are not used to undermine people’s rights.”

Jehanne Henry, associate director at Human Rights Watch, said “victims of the gravest crimes in Darfur should not have to wait any longer for justice.”

In the Sudanese defense minister’s televised announcement of al-Bashir’s arrest, he said the former president was in a “safe place,” but his whereabouts were not immediately known.

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