Designate Rapid Support Forces (Janjaweed) in Sudan as a Terrorist Organization

In a repeat of June 3, 2019 massacre, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) under the command of Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (aka ‘Hemeti’) are the main force behind the recent military coup in Sudan and is using brute force, including live fire, to disperse unarmed pro-democracy protesters. Since October 25, 2021, 11 young protesters were killed and several tens were severely wounded. The Janjaweed militia has spread throughout Khartoum terrorizing the Sudanese people breaking into their homes and shooting whoever expresses any resistance. The militiamen are specifically targeting women, storming into girls’ dormitories and committing heinous sex crimes, acts that are reminiscent of what happened in Darfur villages. By all accounts, Hemeti’s Rapid Support Forces are a reconstituted version of the Janjaweed, which was responsible for atrocities during the Darfur genocide. We urge you to designate the RSF as a terrorist organization as they continue to terrorize the Sudanese people and are engaged in unlawful acts across the continent from smuggling gold, arms and drugs to fighting as stateless mercenaries.