UN calls for “immediate” return to civilian government in Sudan

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The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday demanded the “immediate” return of the isolated civilian government in Sudan.

In a special session on the situation in Sudan, the council adopted a “resolution condemning the unjust detention” of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other officials, according to the council’s website.

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The council stressed the need to release the detained Sudanese soldiers “immediately” and “all individuals detained illegally or arbitrarily.”

And the highest body of the United Nations in the field of human rights held an emergency session at the request of Britain, Germany, the United States, and Norway.

The Council urged that the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, appoint a high-level expert tasked with monitoring respect for human rights in Sudan.

Earlier on Friday, Bachelet described the “military coup in Sudan as very worrying.”

It called on military leaders and their supporters to withdraw to allow Sudan to find a path forward toward institutional and legal reforms.

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Bachelet denounced a whole series of human rights violations, such as the shooting of demonstrators, which, according to her, led to the killing of 13 of them and the wounding of more than 300.

She added: “All those arbitrarily detained must be released in order to establish dialogue and return to civilian rule.”

“This disproportionate and lethal use of force must end immediately,” she said, noting that the coup was “a betrayal of the brave and inspiring 2019 revolution.”