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Sudan summons UN envoy over statement on upcoming protests

Volker Perthes summoned. Xinhua Photo

Khartoum, Sudan | Xinhua | The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it summoned Volker Perthes, UN’s representative in Sudan.

Perthes, the Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), called upon on Tuesday “the authorities to ensure their commitment to protecting the rights of assembly and freedom of expression” as the country is expected to see massive demonstrations in Khartoum and other cities on Thursday to demand civil rule.

“Violence against the protesters will not be tolerated,” the UN official added.

In a statement, the Sudanese ministry said that the envoy’s comments “were based on the preconceived assumptions which condemn the law enforcement bodies in the country,” adding that his actions “infringed Sudan’s national sovereignty.”

The ministry also stressed the Sudanese government’s respect for the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration, saying that the country’s law enforcement authorities play their role in protecting lives and public properties in accordance with their duties stipulated in the law.

Sudan has been suffering a political crisis after the general commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency on Oct. 25, 2021 and dissolved the Sovereign Council and the government.

Since then, the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and other cities have been witnessing continued protests demanding a return to civilian rule.

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