UN appeals for dialogue in Sudan amid increasing violence

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Tuesday called for a dialogue between the Sudanese government and protesters amid rising violence.

Bachelet said she is worried about the latest anti-government clashes which have claimed the lives of 70 people. Mass protests began last December over rising food and fuel prices and deteriorating living standards. Protestors are calling for an end to President Omar al-Bashir's three-decade rule. Sudan's security forces have used tear gas and live ammunition against demonstrators.

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he has been following the demonstrations in Sudan closely. Guterres appealed to everyone to exercise restraint and avoid violence.

He said the UN stands ready to support any efforts agreed by the Sudanese to peacefully resolve the current crisis, and called on Sudan's government to create a favorable environment for a solution to the current situation and promote an inclusive dialogue.

Source: VOV5