Monday, November 29, 2021

UN rights chief condemns killing of anti-coup protesters in Sudan

The UN Human Rights Commissioner has condemned the killing of Sudanese protesters protesting a military coup in the country on October 25.

Sudanese security forces fired ammunition at protesters on Wednesday, in the deadliest day of violence since the takeover, killing 15 people and raising the death toll during pro-democracy protests to 39.

The UN’s Michelle Bachelet said in a statement on Thursday that her office has repeatedly called on the country’s security forces and military to “abstain from unnecessary and disproportionate use against protesters”.

Bachelet said, “The shooting into large crowds of unarmed demonstrators, which could have killed and injured dozens more, is reprehensible, clearly aimed at suppressing the expression of public dissent and amounts to a blatant violation of international human rights law.” Is.”

The UN, citing reliable medical sources, said more than 100 protesters were injured in Wednesday’s protests, including 80 with bullets in the upper body and head.

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Police said 89 officers were injured.

The protests were the latest march organized by Sudan’s pro-democracy movement since a joint civil-military government was toppled in a military takeover.

The coup comes after weeks of escalating tensions between military and civilian leaders over Sudan’s transition to democracy.

Sudan’s army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Buhran, said he dissolved the joint civil-military council and government because of “political conflicts that threaten the country’s security”.

The coup threatens to derail the process that began after the ouster of long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir in the 2019 popular uprising.

Some information in this report has been received from the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.


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