UN human rights chief alarmed over killing of protesters by security forces – Global Issues

The High Commissioner said in a statement that the deaths had occurred, “even after the police announced they would not use lethal force to disperse the protesters.”

Protests in the capital Khartoum and elsewhere marked the third anniversary of the major demonstrations that led to the overthrow of former leader Omar al-Bashir.

Thousands on the streets

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets, according to news reports, many protesting the military coup eight months ago that ended the power-sharing agreement between top military and civilian leaders, ending a period from transitional government to national elections.

Security forces reportedly fired tear gas and used water cannons to prevent protesters from marching towards the presidential palace.

The UN High Commissioner said reports showed that security forces are also… used live bullets

No responsibility

“The latest killings, which took place at a time when mobile and internet communications were cut across the country, bring to 113 the number of people killed by security forces in protests since last year’s coup,” she said. said.

So far no one has been held responsible for these deaths

Ms Bachelet said that according to: medical sources, most of the dead were shot in the chest, head and back. Security forces also arrested on Ieast 355 protesters across the country, including at least 39 women and a significant number of children, it added.

“I emphasize once again to the Sudanese authorities that violence should only be used when absolutely necessary and in full compliance with the principles of legality, necessity, precaution and proportionality,” said the UN chief of rights.

Deadly violence should be ‘last resort’

“Violence is not allowed under any circumstances to discourage or intimidate protesters from exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, or to threaten them to do so. Deadly force is a last resort and only in cases where there is an imminent threat to life or serious injury.”

She recalled that the right to freedom of expression and peaceful meeting and participation in public affairs are protected by international human rights law, “including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Sudan is a state party”.

She called on the military authorities to independent, transparent, thorough and impartial investigation in response to the security forces under their command, in accordance with relevant international standards, including the Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death, and to hold those responsible accountable.

“Victims, survivors and their families have the right to truth, justice and reparations.”