UN independent human rights experts condemn violence against protesters in Sudan

UN independent human rights experts on Tuesday condemned the continued violence targeting protesters in Sudan.

They called for an independent accountability and transitional justice mechanism with a mandate to address human rights violations committed during protests which they submit will break the country’s cycle of turmoil.

“Over the past year, we have received continued reports of protestors being killed, forcibly disappeared, injured, tortured, and subjected to sexual and gender-based violence”, the experts said in a statement released on Tuesday.

The experts called for an “effective and adequately resourced independent accountability mechanism which is victim-centered”, that would address the reported grave violations in relation to the military coup.

Sudan has been suffering a political crisis since Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the general commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces, declared a state of emergency on October 25, 2021, and dissolved the Sovereign Council and the government.

Since then, the capital Khartoum and other cities have been witnessing continued protests demanding a return to civilian rule.