In 2019, during anti-government protests, state forces killed, arrested, tortured, and sexually abused health workers and fired tear gas inside health facilities. In incidents related to demonstrations, perpetrators targeted health workers as they participated in protests or treated protesters in hospitals or clinics.1 In other incidents unrelated to demonstrations or protests, state forces and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) assaulted health workers while they were providing care to patients inside health facilities.
Non-state actor groups kidnapped and injured health workers and stole health supplies. Sudan Liberation Movement Army-Abdel Wahid (SLM/A-Al) Nur rebels and armed pastoralists are two of the suspected non-state actor groups who carried out these incidents.
Read the 2020 SHCC report, Sudan chapter.