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UN rights skilled in Sudan urges safety reforms, accountability

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A UN skilled on Thursday referred to as for reforms in Sudan’s safety providers and accountability, throughout a primary go to to the nation reeling from turmoil since a 2021 navy energy seize.

Radhouane Nouicer’s go to, which started Saturday, comes greater than a month after civilian and navy factions agreed on an preliminary step in a two-phase political course of aimed toward restoring stability.

Sudan has been gripped by deepening unrest since military chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan led a coup in October 2021, derailing a transition to civilian rule following the 2019 ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir.

Nouicer, a Tunisian diplomat, met with Burhan and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, in addition to different senior Sudanese officers.

The UN human rights skilled urged authorities to “maintain to account” officers who had abused their powers and referred to as for “a transparent roadmap for safety sector reform”.

“The immunity from prosecution of members of the safety forces implicated in human rights violations have to be lifted,” he informed a information convention in Khartoum.

Final month, Sudanese factions launched talks over the second part of the political course of.

The continuing negotiations are supposed to hammer out particulars on key contentious points together with transitional justice, accountability and safety reforms.

Nouicer took up the place of rights skilled for Sudan in December, changing Adama Dieng who had resigned two months prior.

He cited violations documented by the United Nations because the navy takeover, together with torture, sexual violence, and arbitrary arrests and detentions.

The coup triggered near-weekly demonstrations which had been met by a violent crackdown that killed greater than 120 folks, in keeping with pro-democracy medics.

The coup has additionally deepened a spiralling financial disaster and heightened ethnic clashes in Sudan’s distant areas, which killed round 900 folks final yr, in keeping with the UN Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Nouicer additionally referred to as on authorities to permit the work of civil society teams who’ve complained about “mounting restrictions” on their actions.