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Sudanese musicians support recent demonstrations

A group of Sudanese musicians announced their siding with and support for the demonstrations that broke out on 19 December in a number of states in the country. The group affirmed that the demands of the protesters were guaranteed by the Sudanese constitution but despite that were met with death and repression from the government. The group said it had nothing to do with the positions taken by the current Union of Musical Professions which does not represent the opinions of the Sudanese people.

The group of Sudanese musicians, in a statement published on “Sudafax” website said it stands with the protests for several considerations represented in the total certainty that the word and melody play a major role in whipping up flames of revolutions, and highlighted the works and songs of leading musicians who have performed for the country and its people throughout all phases of history since independence. The statement called on all Sudanese musicians to support the just cause of the Sudanese people and to effectively take part in igniting the spirit of enthusiasm through musical works and songs. The group distanced itself from the Board of Directors of the current Union of Musical Professions which does not represent the opinion of the Sudanese people and musicians.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognized the right of everyone to freedom of opinion and expression. Article 19 states:” everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.