AU's rights body condemns indiscriminate bombings, shelling in Sudan
AU's rights body condemns indiscriminate bombings, shelling in Sudan

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) has condemned "in the strongest terms" the indiscriminate bombings and shelling in Sudan.

The ACHPR, which is one of the organs of the African Union (AU) as set out by the African Charter, said it is following with deep concern the grave unfolding situation in Sudan.

"Reports reaching the African Commission reveal that since the outbreak of fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces on April 15, various human and peoples' rights of the people of Sudan are put in great peril with the violence worsening by the day," the ACHPR said in a statement issued late Friday.

The ACHPR expressed its "outrage in the strongest terms possible the indiscriminate conduct of hostilities including bombings and shelling of sites in civilian residential areas causing the death and maiming of increasing number of people."

It deplored the various violations the fighting is occasioning to civilians and civilian infrastructure including loss of lives, bodily injuries, psychological trauma, destruction of homes, obstruction of access to health care for the wounded and the sick, and so on.

It further reminded the conflicting parties that they bear responsibility for all the violations, pain and suffering that their actions are inflicting on civilians and will be held accountable for these violations.

The ACHPR also decries reports of emerging involvement of foreign parties in supporting the different sides to the conflict in Sudan.

It called for immediate, unconditional cessation of hostilities and the urgent establishment of humanitarian access for people in need.

Meanwhile, the ACHPR called on the AU Commission to initiate, in collaboration with the ACHPR, a mechanism for the documentation and reporting on the human rights issues in the ongoing fighting in Sudan including through the assignments of an investigation mission by the AU Peace and Security Council.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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