Intelligence service responds to SWM report
GIS members accused of executing three detainees
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
General Intelligence Service
On the Sudan War Monitor website, we saw a report full of misleading and biased information accusing the General Intelligence Service and the Central Reserve Police of committing what it called the execution of detainees, which is a misleading statement, even if it is disguised as neutral and objective.
The first problem is that it assumes that the militia’s behavior is identical to that of the regular army, so it falsely claims that the violations are the same, ignoring all the efforts of the regular forces to protect civilians and protect public civilian objects, and the recent government handover of militia prisoners to the Red Cross, including minor children recruited by the militia to fight in Khartoum.
Perhaps it goes without saying that the sources of this Monitor are testimonies from people who claim to be Sudanese human rights observers, a claim that makes us question the credibility of any results issued by this Monitor because they lack accuracy and impartiality.
Of course, the evidence of the circumstances indicates that killing based on ethnic identity, kidnapping, illegal detention, displacement of civilians, targeting hospitals and disrupting public service facilities is one of the characteristics of the militia and the actions of its fighters, as documented by international human rights organizations in El Geneina and other areas of Darfur, and is even consistent with the dark past of these militias.
It is strange that the report bases the accusation on what it calls the [GIS] Operations Authority’s involvement in this incident, relying on a comparison of the uniform between those who committed this crime and the uniform of the previous Operations Authority, which is a naive connection refuted by the statements of the official army spokesman weeks ago, in which he said: “The militia is planning to film scenes of violations by its members while they are wearing uniforms belonging to the regular forces.”
Despite the attempt of the report's authors to suggest that the conclusions they reached were based on objective facts, this does not hold up when analyzing the content of the report and the justifications that support the hypothesis that the Armed Forces and other regular agencies were the ones who committed this heinous act. The report indicates that the location where the crime took place is about one kilometer from the site of the militia’s liquidation of soldiers in the Armed Forces a week ago, and it is claimed that this report stands as evidence that it is retaliation for the killing of those soldiers.
One of the indications of the lack of impartiality in this Monitor’s report is that it relies on entities known to belong to political groups linked to the militia, and anti-military political groups that side with the militia by virtue of their political relationship, which confirms that their testimonies are questionable.
The General Intelligence Service and the regular agencies in particular adhere to the rules of engagement and take into account the controls of religion, Sudanese customs, and international humanitarian law, which makes them refrain from committing such violations, let alone documenting them.
Therefore, the militia, whose actions are criminal, is the one who committed such a violation and tried to pin it on the security service and the Central Reserve Police. In doing so, it adds conspiratorial dimensions to its crimes, aided by biased parties seeking to pass the British proposal [at the UN Human Rights Council] to form a special fact-finding committee, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a categorical statement rejecting. Facts continue to emerge showing that the militia is the biggest violator and threat to human rights and public freedoms in Sudan, with testimony from all the people of Sudan and international human rights organizations.
General Intelligence Service
October 9, 2023
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