Group urges UN to probe Sudan’s use of force in protests

The government’s latest tally stands at 30 killed, but figures have not been updated in days. (File/AFP)
Updated 11 February 2019
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Group urges UN to probe Sudan’s use of force in protests

  • The group says it obtained video footage that shows “government forces’ extreme violence and shocking abuses against protesters”
  • Activists say at least 57 people have been killed in the protests

CAIRO: An international rights group is urging the United Nations to investigate alleged violations by Sudan’s security forces against anti-government protesters.
Sudan has been gripped by nationwide anti-government protests since Dec. 19. The demonstrations were triggered by rising prices and shortages but quickly turned to calls for autocratic President Omar Al-Bashir to step down.
Monday’s statement by Human Rights Watch calls on the UN Human Rights Council to respond at its March session to the human rights crisis in Sudan.
The New York-based group says it obtained video footage that shows “government forces’ extreme violence and shocking abuses against protesters.”
Activists say at least 57 people have been killed in the protests. The government’s latest tally stands at 30 killed, but figures have not been updated in days.


US vice president Mike Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism

Updated 12 min 46 sec ago
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US vice president Mike Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism

AUSCHWITZ, Poland: US Vice President Mike Pence accused Iran on Friday of anti-Semitism akin to the Nazis following his visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland that had strengthened his resolve to act against Tehran.
"We have the regime in Tehran that's breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe," Pence told reporters on Air Force Two before landing in Munich.
He said that being in Auschwitz had made him reflect to "strengthen the resolve of the free world to oppose that kind of vile hatred and to confront authoritarian threats of our time."
His comments at the former Nazi concentration camp came a day after he said Iran was the “greatest threat to peace and security in the Middle East” at a conference on the region taking place in Warsaw.
Pence accused Washington's European allies of trying to break US sanctions against Tehran and called on them to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
"Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as cooperative. In fact, they have led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions," Pence said.
Pence added that his country will keep a strong presence in the Middle East, continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with allies, and work with coalition partners to defeat Daesh to make the region safe for peace and prosperity.
He also said that there are winds of change happening in the region, with the recent historic visit of Pope Francis to the UAE and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Oman.