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UN Chief Condemns Sudan Crackdown on Protesters as Death toll Reaches 35

The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres has condemned the Sudan military crackdown on sit-in protesters killing 35 on Monday.

The world body’s chief in a statement released by a Spokesman said the unleashing of violence on protesters “alarmed” him.

“The Secretary General strongly condemns the violence and the use of force to disperse the protestors at the sit-in site. And alarmed by reports that security forces have opened fire inside medical facilities,” said part of the statement.

Mr. Guterres appealed to the Transitional Military Council, which took power in April after ousting President Omar Bashir, to adhere to its responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan and urged all parties to “act with utmost restraint” including upholding the human rights of all citizens, the right to freedom of assembly and of expression.

He also called for unimpeded access to deliver essential care at the sit-in site outside army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, and in hospitals where the wounded protesters are being treated and urged the Sudanese authorities to facilitate an independent investigation into the deaths and to hold those responsible accountable.

“The Secretary-General urges the parties to pursue peaceful dialogue and to stay the course in the negotiations over the transfer of power to a civilian-led transitional authority, as required by the African Union (AU)”, the statement continued.

It concluded with the UN chief’s commitment to working with the AU in support of the process, saying that the UN stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting peace.

Sudan Attorney General, Maulana Al-Walid Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud announced on Monday that the government has established a committee to investigate the bloody Monday incident.

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The military council is yet to take responsibility of the crackdown though videos show aome members of the former Janjaweed fighters now called Rapid Support Force (RSF) brutally descending on protesters. The RSF, since its establishment in 2013, has been under the control of National Intelligence Security Service.

It is not a secret that RSF members are paid more salary than the national army members of Sudan Armed Forces.

 

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