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The EU annual report on Human Rights and Democracy 2018 provides an overview of the human rights and democracy situation in the world.
The human rights situation in Sudan is a matter of continuous concern for the EU. The intensified restrictions on independent media, civil society, harassment and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders, political activists and journalists as well as the lack of accountability for perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses remain commonplace in Sudan. In mid-December, large-scale protests erupted across Sudan. Sparked by rising costs of living and shortages, the latter have cast a spotlight on a much deep-rooted public discontent over the Government's policies. The Sudanese security forces responded by using force, at times live ammunition, but also tear gas and arbitrary arrests. Amnesty International assessed around 40 people to have been killed by the end of 2018. Hundreds of demonstrators, including human rights activists, journalists and opposition members, remained detained with independent media, including social media, curtailed.