Crimes Against Humanity: Deeply disturbing reports of sexual violence and harassment by security forces reported by UN Human Rights Office. The UN High Commissioner urge a independent and thorough investigation into the cases of rape and sexual harassment.

The United Nations Human Rights Office has said that it had received 13 allegations of rape and gang rape by security forces during protests in Sudan.

Sunday demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country to the capital Khartoum to protest against a military coup on October 25 and a November 21 agreement signed to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says in a statement: “We have received deeply disturbing reports of sexual violence and harassment by security forces during demonstrations in Khartoum on Sunday, 19 December 2021.”

The Joint Human Rights Office in Sudan has received allegations that 13 women and girls (children) were victims of rape or gang rape.

The UN Office have also received allegations of sexual harassment by security forces against women who were trying to flee the area around the Presidential Palace on Sunday evening.

The UN office also notes that two protesters died after being shot, and around 300 others were injured, some due to the use of live ammunition, some hit by tear gas canisters or beaten by security forces, and others who suffered breathing difficulties from tear gas inhalation.

The UN High Commissioner urge a prompt, independent and thorough investigation into the allegations of rape and sexual harassment. As well as the allegations of death and injury of protesters as a result of the unnecessary or disproportionate use of force. In particular use of live ammunition. The perpetrators must be identified and prosecuted.

These demands from the UN High Commissioner are unlikely to be taken seriously by al-Burhan’s administration. According to sources we spoke to, the perpetrators are the infamous Rapid Support Forces.

The RSF is primarily composed of the criminal Janjaweed militias. The Rapid Support Forces is headed by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (“Hemetti”). He have been its leader since it was created in 2013 or 2014.

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