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Sudan asks to investigate rape allegations against female protesters
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The Xinhua reported that Sudan's Transitional Sovereign Council on Monday asked the concerned authorities to investigate rape allegations against female protesters in Khartoum on Dec. 19.

During a regular meeting for the Transitional Sovereign Council, held at the Republican Palace in Khartoum and chaired by the council's Chairman Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the council directed "the concerned authorities to investigate into what is being circulated in the media regarding the rape incident," according to a statement released by the council.

On Dec. 21, the United Nations (UN) human rights office called for a prompt, independent and thorough investigation into allegations of sexual violence including rape and gang rape during protests in Sudan on Dec. 19.

Flag of Sudan/Shutterstock
Flag of Sudan/Shutterstock

Liz Throssell, the spokesperson for the UN human rights office in Geneva, said they received reports alleging that 13 women and girls were raped or gang raped; and that women were reportedly sexually harassed while fleeing the area around the presidential palace in Khartoum.

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Sudan has been suffering a political crisis after General Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency on Oct. 25 and dissolved the sovereign council and government.

On Nov. 21, Al-Burhan and the then removed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok signed a political declaration, which included reinstating Hamdok as prime minister, but the deal has so far failed to calm the street.

Source: xinhua