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Sudan: UN rights chief alarmed over ‘excessive force’, alleged use of live fire against protestors

The reported use of “excessive force” against demonstrators across Sudan over food and fuel shortages that has led to the deaths of at least 24 people is “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday.

UN rights chief alarmed over ‘excessive force’, live fire against Sudanese protestors

Reports that Sudanese security agents have used live ammunition and tear gas against anti-Government protesters gathering at hospitals in the capital Khartoum are “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday. Daniel Johnson from UN News spoke to Ravina Shamdasani from OHCHR .

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News in Brief 28 December 2018

  • UN experts censure Sudan for violence against peaceful protesters
  • Pledge to pay salaries of Yemen civil servants, welcomed by UN
  • 2018: Highest death toll since 2014, for the occupied Palestinian territory
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Respond to ‘legitimate grievances’ of Sudanese people, UN human rights experts urge, following protests

The excessive use of force during large-scale demonstrations against food and fuel shortages in Sudan is alarming, and an infringement on the right of peaceful assembly, said UN independent experts on Friday.

Updated Human Rights Committee comment on ‘right to life’ offers protection from 21st century threats

An authoritative UN rights body has issued potentially far-reaching legal opinions on one of the world’s most important human rights documents: the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The new General Comment on Article 6 of the Covenant by the UN Human Rights Committee provides protection to populations from modern, lethal threats that include weaponized drones, environmental degradation and natural disasters. Committee vice-chair Cleveland tells spoke with Daniel Johnson of UN News.

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Fresh Darfur clashes highlight ongoing problem of millions displaced from their homes

The UN - African Union joint peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is preparing to leave Sudan in less than two years, and there is concern that the issue of IDPs will remain unresolved.  UNAMID radio producer, Setyo Budi, spoke to Rommel dela Rosa, the mission’s Governance and Community Stabilization Officer, and Head of the temporary operating base in Golo, Central Darfur.

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UN Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur preparing for 2020 departure

With the hybrid African Union/UN peacekeeping Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, preparing to drawn down by June 2020, key questions remain. Jumbe Omari Jumbe, has been speaking to the Mission’s Chief of Staff, Luk Mhlaba, in North Darfur, and asked him to outline UNAMID’s main achievements so far. 

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With land ownership a continuing concern in Darfur, restitution is the ‘right step’

Land ownership remains a major source of intercommunal strife in Sudan’s Darfur region, so those dispossessed should be entitled to restitution, says the UN, in line with the law of the land.  “Restitution policy is the right step to find durable solutions” for those internally displaced, said Pierre Emmanuel Ubalijoro, Chief of the Governance and Community Stabilization Section of the UN and African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID), in an interview for UN News.

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News in Brief 29 June 2018

  • EU migration deal welcomed by UN agencies
  • UN’s Zeid appeals to Syria combatants to avoid further bloodshed
  • Welcome for Sudan alleged rape victim’s death sentence repeal
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INTERVIEW: Development is the long-term solution to Sudan’s humanitarian crises, outlines top UN relief official

Even though conflict – the major driver of the crisis in Sudan – is subsiding and there is improved access for relief workers, humanitarian assistance “is not the answer” to the challenges plaguing the country, the United Nations top relief official has said.