UN Urges Sudanese Military To Release Detained Officials

The United Nations on Thursday (28/10) urged military officers who toppled Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government to immediately release all officials who continue to be unlawfully detained in the northern East African country.

The coup earlier this week came after tensions between military and civilian leaders escalated in recent weeks.

The coup could potentially halt Sudan’s transition to democracy, which began after the overthrow of dictator Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in a popular uprising in 2019.

The military has detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after he reportedly refused to comply with a request by the armed forces that he dissolve the transitional government.

The coup sparked protests from citizens at home and calls from the international community for the restoration of a civilian-led transitional government.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Sudan’s military and security agencies to stop using violence against peaceful protesters demanding the restoration of civilian rule.

At least six Sudanese ambassadors have spoken out against the military’s takeover of power, including the country’s envoys to the US, European Union and France.

Sudan’s powerful figure, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, on Wednesday (27/10) fired opposition diplomats, who also included Sudan’s ambassador to UN missions in Geneva, Qatar, and China. [lt/em]

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