Sudan protests: UN calls for investigation into allegations of rape

Sunday’s demonstration drew lots of of hundreds of individuals to the capital Khartoum to protest towards a army coup on October 25 and a November 21 settlement signed to reinstate the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Demonstrators converged on the presidential palace, the place they tried a sit-in earlier than being dispersed after sunset.

Officers from the Sudanese safety forces reached by Reuters didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The UN Human Rights Workplace spokeswoman Liz Throssell advised a briefing that the workplace obtained 13 allegations of rape and gang rape in addition to reviews of sexual harassment towards girls by safety forces as they tried to flee. She didn’t give particulars of the alleged rapes or gang rapes.

“We urge a prompt, independent and thorough investigation into the allegations of rape and sexual harassment as well as the allegations of death and injury of protesters as a result of the unnecessary or disproportionate use of force in particular the use of live ammunition,” mentioned Throssell.

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One particular person was shot within the head by safety forces in Omdurman, throughout the Nile from Khartoum, the Central Committee of Sudanese Medical doctors mentioned in an announcement, the second particular person to die on account of Sunday’s crackdown, bringing the whole demise toll from anti-military protests since October to 47.

The committee had beforehand mentioned that greater than 300 individuals have been injured in a number of cities throughout the protest, with some accidents from dwell bullets and tear fuel canisters.

The Darfur Bar Affiliation, a human rights group mentioned in an announcement “the emergence of rape [during protests] indicates the development in the type of crimes committed against revolutionaries, so it is the duty of all to join a campaign to prosecute the perpetrators and those behind them.”

A media adviser for army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has mentioned the military will keep nationwide safety and was siding with the individuals’s aspirations for democracy.

Hamdok, who has not commented on Sunday’s occasions, has mentioned he signed the settlement to be able to put an finish to bloodshed and keep financial achievements.

Jobber Wiki writer Frank Lengthy added to this report.