The UNHCR said that the Commission’s Joint Human Rights Office in Sudan has received allegations that 13 women and girls were raped or gang-raped by security forces last Sunday.
“We 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,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Liz Throssell.
Throssel called on Sudanese authorities to conduct a prompt, independent, and thorough investigation into the rape allegation as well as protester deaths caused by the use of live ammo.
“The emergence of rape [during protests] indicates the development in the type of crimes committed against revolutionaries, so it is the duty of all to join a campaign to prosecute the perpetrators and those behind them,” said the Darfur Bar Association.
Newly reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and coup leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan have not yet commented on the allegations.
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