United Nations rights chief decries excessive force against Sudan protesters

Doctor, child killed in Sudan anti-government protests

"A repressive response can only worsen grievances", Ms. Bachelet said in a statement, before urging the Government of President Omar Al Bashir to investigate the allegations "in a prompt, thorough and transparent" way.

The casualty figures could not immediately be independently confirmed.

Friday's chaos came after a doctor and child were also shot dead by security forces the day before in the Burri neighborhood, according to the opposition-linked Sudan Doctors' Committee, during one of the most intense clashes to date.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday he was anxious about the situation in Sudan and encouraged the government to respect human rights and "restrain any form of handling the situation of demonstrations that can undermine those rights and can of course be risky to people". The clashes had calmed by the time protesters transported the body to Burri Mosque.

"The police had to leave the vehicle and flee", the witness said.

According to local reports, Khalil was killed inside his home for helping unarmed protesters hide from security forces.

Sudanese police fired live rounds after mourners attending the funeral of a 60-year-old protester in the Burri district of Khartoum began throwing rocks, the Reuters news agency reported.

At least 24 people have died in the protests that have swiftly turned into nationwide rallies in which demonstrators have called on Bashir to step down.

"These protests are set to continue".

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"They must also bring to an immediate end the continued onslaught against medical facilities and personnel, injured protesters and other people seeking treatment in hospitals".

"Police have [in the past] been able to stand in areas where protests were planned and prevent hundreds from congregating". Rights groups say the figure may be almost twice as high.

Sudan, which until 2017 was subject to longstanding global sanctions affecting the country, cooperates with several United Nations human rights mechanisms, most recently the Human Rights Committee, which last reviewed the country in December 2018, as a State party to the worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, since 1986. The number is most likely far greater since many people have also been detained for short periods and released. "They are not hot-headed, nor do they despair easily", he said.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) - a trade union representing doctors, teachers and engineers among others - has stepped into the vacuum created by the arrest of opposition leaders last December.

The SPA source said the association intends to hold protests at night in residential areas in order to tire out the Sudanese security services.

The tough government response has drawn global criticism, while Bashir has blamed the violence on unidentified "conspirators".

Al-Bashir has blamed the protests on foreign "agents" and said the unrest would not lead to a change in government, challenging his opponents to seek power through the ballot box.

That has triggered soaring inflation that has seen the cost of food and medicines more than double, and frequent shortages in major cities, including Khartoum.

The wave of protests in Sudan began on December 19 over price rises, but quickly turned into demonstrations against Bashir.

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