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Amnesty condemns 'excessive' use of force by police in Sudan

Nairobi, Kenya - The Sudanese security forces must immediately stop the use of excessive and unlawful force against protesters, Amnesty International said after a student died of gunshot wounds sustained during a demonstration at the University of Khartoum Tuesday.

Ali Abaker Mussa Idris, a third-year economics student, died in hospital after security forces used tear gas and opened fire with live ammunition to disperse a protest he was taking part in at the university on Tuesday afternoon.

Another student has been severely injured, and a further 110 students were reportedly arrested at the protest, which was against a recent surge in violence in Darfur that has left an estimated 50,000 people displaced.

“Credible accounts by eyewitnesses at the University of Khartoum protest point to police and Sudanese intelligence (NISS) officers using tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the protesters.

'The authorities must rein in the security forces and prevent them from using such excessive force in violation of international law and standards,” Netsanet Belay, Africa Director of Research and Advocacy at Amnesty International, said in a statement by the global rights body.

“The authorities must launch a prompt and impartial investigation into the events at the University of Khartoum and must ensure that all those responsible for this and other unlawful use of force are held accountable in criminal and disciplinary proceedings,” said Belay.

According to Amnesty International, the Sudanese authorities have routinely used excessive force against mostly peaceful demonstrations over the last two years.

Pana 13/03/2014