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UN experts urge probe of violations against Sudan protesters

Sudanese soldiers stand guard a street in Khartoum on June 9, 2019. [AFP Photo]

UN rights experts called Wednesday for the Human Rights Council to set up a probe into possible violations committed by 's security forces against "peaceful protesters". Sudan is "sliding into a human rights ," a group of five United Nations experts said in a joint statement. The experts called for an "independent investigation" to be set up by the , which opens a new session on June 24.

are concerned that is sliding into a "human rights " in the aftermath of the ' deadly break-up of the main in the capital, .

The experts, appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council, called on Wednesday for an independent investigation into violations against peaceful protesters in Sudan.

A statement from the experts says they're alarmed at reports of numerous deaths since June 3, when security forces violently dispersed the protesters outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.

The protesters were demanding the military speedily hand over power to civilian rule but the generals refused.

Following the bloody break-up, the protesters called off their general strike and civil disobedience campaign.

Since then, shops and businesses have reopened and there's more traffic on Khartoum streets.

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