“Tear gas, rubber bullets, live ammunition and other heavy-handed suppression will not resolve the frustrations and grievances of the people regarding shortcomings in their enjoyment of economic, social, civil and political rights,” Pillay said.
“Genuine dialogue with Government critics is far more effective than arbitrary detention and violence if the Government wishes to create a stable and successful society.”
Injured Protesters Removed from Hospitals
Some of those who were arrested were released reportedly after being made to sign an undertaking that they would not participate in any further “riots,” according to the news release. In addition, injured protestors have reportedly been removed from hospitals by the authorities and detained.
The High Commissioner stressed the Government’s obligation under international human rights law to respect the fundamental human rights of freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.
She urged restraint by the Government and also called on protestors to ensure, on their part, that no violence or damage to property takes place during the demonstrations.
*Sudan President Omar al-Bashir. Photo Credit: Prince jasim ali | Wikimedia Commons.