The United Nations condemns the killing of 9 protesters in Sudan by security forces
Yesterday, the United Nations condemned the use of lethal force in the wake of the Sudanese police shooting at protesters in Khartoum, killing 9 of them and wounding hundreds of people on June 30.
“I am concerned that at least nine protesters were killed by security forces in Sudan yesterday – including a 15-year-old child – even after the police announced earlier that they would not use lethal force to disperse protesters.”
She noted that the recent killings occurred at a time when mobile phone and internet communications were cut across the country, as the number of deaths at the hands of security forces in the context of protests since the coup last year until now has reached 113, “No one has been held accountable for these deaths.” ..
“Lethal force is used as a last resort and only in cases where there is an imminent danger to life or serious injury,” Bachelet added, calling on authorities to conduct an independent, transparent, thorough and impartial investigation into security forces’ compliance with relevant international standards – including the Minnesota Protocol on the investigation. In cases of possible wrongful death, those responsible are held accountable, and victims, survivors and their families have the right to truth, justice and reparations.
In its statement, it affirmed that the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and participation in public affairs is protected under international human rights law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Sudan is a party.
Khartoum: (Kush News)