The ouster of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, after three decades of a brutal dictatorship, should be seen as a “wake-up call” to other leaders denying their people of basic freedoms, human rights organization Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday.
On this historic day for Sudan, the world must first and foremost recognize the unique courage, creativity and bravery Sudanese people have shown in demanding their rights. Today’s events should also serve as a wake-up call to leaders around the world who think they can get away with denying people their basic rights.
In recent months, widespread protests in Sudan and Algeria have forced their longtime leaders from office, bringing back memories of the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010.
The demonstrations have drawn parallels for their spread, sustained momentum and interconnectivity. Similar to what we saw nearly a decade ago, they’ve also risen beyond socio-economic grievances into political movements.
Dr Georges Fahmi, associate fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, a UK-based think tank for international affairs, wrote in late Marchthat this new wave will “not be as quick” as it was in 2011, given the lack of international support, but that it does show the momentum for change is still there.
“Just like the first wave taught us, democratic outcomes in Algeria and Sudan are not guaranteed. Nevertheless, the protest movements in both countries do show that authoritarianism remains contested by the people of the region,” Fahmi wrote.