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UN rights council to hold emergency meeting on Sudan

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Thursday, May 11, 2023

Smoke billows in Khartoum amid ongoing fighting between the forces of two rival generals in Sudan on May 6, 2023. AFP

The UN Human Rights Council is reportedly due to hold a frowned-upon emergency session in Geneva on Thursday to discuss the ongoing conflict in Sudan.

The decision to hold the discussion follows a joint request by the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway.

The session is expected to discuss alleged human rights violations including attacks on civilians, sexual violence and looting of hospitals.

Meanwhile, several African nations, including Sudan, are reported to have opposed the timing of the meeting, fearing it could jeopardise ongoing ceasefire negotiations.

The U.N. Human Rights Council – a body of nations advocating for the protection of human rights worldwide – does not have legally binding powers, but its debates can spur investigations that feed evidence to national and international courts.

Fighting continues

Loud explosions again rocked greater Khartoum on Wednesday, as fighting between Sudan’s warring generals showed no let-up despite talks in Saudi Arabia.

During the night, two huge explosions were heard across greater Khartoum, residents of multiple districts said, according to French news agency AFP.

Sudan’s de facto leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and paramilitary commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo have sent negotiators to Saudi Arabia to try and forge a humanitarian ceasefire.

But there was still no announcement of any progress in the talks in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

It is reported that more than 750 people have been killed since the fighting erupted on April 15, the majority of them civilians.

Nearly 150,000 people have crossed into neighboring countries, while 700,000 people have been displaced inside Sudan, according to UN agencies.

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