UN proposes deployment of human rights monitoring team in Sudan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday proposed the deployment of a UN human rights monitoring team to investigate allegations of human rights violations committed in Sudan since June 3.

The UNHCR said it aims to engage with Sudanese authorities, civil society organisations and other stakeholders for accountability.

The UNHCR also called for a speedy and independent investigation into the use of excessive force against protesters by the military.

At least 61 people have been killed so far, according to the government, after a wave of violence broke out in Khartoum on Monday. Protesters had staged a sit-in outside the army headquarters to pressure the transitional military council to hand over power to a civilian administration.

The violence came after a deadlock in negotiations between the protesters and the military over a new sovereign council to lead the country into an election and its leadership.

The deputy head of the TMC General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo said that it had launched an urgent and transparent investigation into the recent violence.

In light of the violence, the African Union's Peace and Security Council voted on Thursday to suspend Sudan from all AU activities until a civilian government was formed.

“Once again, we call on the authorities to ensure a prompt, independent investigation into the use of excessive force against protest camps – including the alleged involvement of the Rapid Support Forces, which includes among its troops members of the former Janjaweed militias that are linked to systematic human rights abuses in the Darfur region between 2003 and 2008 in particular,” Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

The UNHCR also added its voice to calls for a swift transition to a civilian administration.

The chairman of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan on Wednesday extended an invitation to the opposition to initiate unconditional dialogue for national interest and overcome the current crisis.

However, the protest leaders rejected the offer arguing that the military could not be trusted.

The recent events have prompted Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to fly to Khartoum to mediate in the political crisis.