We are Sudanese refugees and activists who have today decided to occupy our Sudanese embassy in Berlin. This is peaceful, direct political action.
We are taking a stand against the Sudanese regime.
The Sudanese dictator, Omar Hassan al-Bshir, rose to power in 1989 in a bloody military coup. He is a war criminal who has been summoned to the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in Darfur, Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains.
Al-Bshir leads an Islamic regime in Sudan that instigated the longest war ever waged in Africa. Al-Bshir persecuted the South Sudanese in the name of religion. As a result of this war, Sudan has now been split into two countries.
Although the war has ended, crimes against political activists are ongoing. The Sudanese people are still being unlawfully detained, tortured and murdered.
On 29th September 2015, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva stated that the Sudanese regime is still guilty of human rights abuses, such as detainment without charge, torture and even the murder of demonstrators in September 2013.
As Sudanese activists in Germany, we make these demands to Sudan, to Germany, and to the International Criminal Court:
Extradite al-Bshir and the high officials of the Sudanese regime to the International Criminal court – so that they may stand trial for war crimes and genocide.
Germany must break its commercial ties with, and economic support for, Sudan. This support funds genocidal action.
The German authorities must grant asylum to all Sudanese refugees in Germany.
Close down the Sudanese embassy in Berlin, because it does not support the rights and needs of the Sudanese people.
These demands are made with a vision for a peaceful, safe and democratic Sudan.
With a peaceful Sudan, we will no longer need to be standing here as refugees.