Khartoum, 1 January 2022 (TDI): On the last day of the previous year, Human Rights announced that excessive force should not be employed against protesters. Sudanese celebrated the New Year in an atmosphere that was rife with tension and pain, as well as in conditions that were not welcomed by the Sudanese or the world.
According to eyewitnesses, several unfortunate events that took place in Sudan on the last day of the past year resulted in a number of attacks on peaceful demonstrators, both in Khartoum and in the surrounding areas, where the police used firearms to confront opponents of the regime, as well as tear gas canisters.
In addition to the reasons listed below, Human Rights has published an announcement. The announcement says that during a peaceful demonstration in Sudan on Friday, the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) expressed deep concern over the deaths and injuries reported.
A report released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that rights activists were arrested during the attack on a hospital on Thursday.
In a number of tweets, the office of human rights stated: “We urge the authorities not to utilise excessive and unnecessary force.”
We remain deeply concerned about #Sudan where people were reportedly killed & injured during peaceful demonstrations yesterday, a hospital & a media office attacked & #HumanRights activists arrested. We urge authorities to refrain from unnecessary & disproportionate use of force.
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) December 31, 2021
During a transitional period lasting until December 26, the military removed the Prime Minister from office on October 25 but restored him through a coup a few days later, ending the power-sharing agreement in the process.
Reports indicate that demonstrators are calling on the military to cease participating in government activities and to call for new democratic elections. It has been reported that four people have been killed as a result of the use of active fire and tear gas by security forces. This was in the vicinity of Khartoum. A number of protesters and police officers have also been injured.
“Attacks on Freedom of Press”
Volker Perthes, the UN’s Special Representative for Sudan, called the recent events “assaults on press freedom” after learning that civilians had been killed. A credible investigation into these violations was emphasised.
Press freedom must be ensured. All individuals have the right to peacefully express themselves. The death toll continues to increase. According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, aligned with the protest movements, five people were killed by the police during the latest crackdown on protests in the country.
Security forces are said to have fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters as they marched towards the Presidential Palace through Khartoum, Omdurman, and Bahri.
The Committee learned on Friday that a fifth individual had died after being struck in the chest by tear gas canisters fired by security forces. The death occurred following a crackdown that began in October.