The UN is demanding an “independent” investigation into the killings of protesters in Sudan

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The UN is demanding an “independent” investigation into the killings of protesters in Sudan

The death toll from violent protests has reached 113 since the armed forces under General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power in late October.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said yesterday that she was “horrified” by the killings of nine protesters, including a minor, by Sudan’s security forces and called for an “independent investigation”.

“I ask the authorities to conduct an independent, transparent, thorough and impartial investigation into the reaction of the security forces, in accordance with the applicable international norms,” ​​Michelle Bachelet said in a press release released by her services. He insisted that “victims, survivors and their families have a right to truth, justice and reparation”.

The call came a day after the deadliest crackdown this year on ongoing protests in Sudan with a central demand for the military regime to step down.

Ms. Bachelet emphasized that the deaths of at least nine protesters, including a fifteen-year-old, occurred despite assurances from the police that they would “not use lethal force to disperse the protesters.”

The death toll from violent protests has reached 113 since the armed forces under General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power in late October.

The latest death was reported on Friday: a protester succumbed to injuries sustained during a June 24 demonstration, according to a doctors’ organization that is part of the pro-democracy movement.

“Until now, no one has been held accountable for these deaths,” Ms. Bachelet stressed in her statement. He also pointed out that the security forces used “live bullets, tear gas and water cannons” against the protesting citizens.

“According to medical sources, most of the people killed were hit by bullets in the chest, head and back,” he added.

The UN official also denounced the arrest of at least 355 protesters across the country, including 39 women and “a large number of children”.

“Under no circumstances shall violence” be used to disperse or intimidate protesters “exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” nor “threats” be made against them for doing so, he insisted. The use of deadly force is “a measure of last resort and only in cases where there is an immediate threat of death or serious injury.”

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