On Wednesday, the United Nations Mission to Support the Transition in Sudan condemned accusations made by the Sudanese Communist Party regarding the military council’s evasion of justice for violations committed following 25th October coup.
The mission’s head, Volker Perthes, said in a letter addressed to the Communist Party that they “understand” what was highlighted in its refusal for indirect dialogue regarding the UNITAMS’ latest dialogue efforts.
“But the claim that we support impunity in Sudan surprised us,” Perthes stated.
The Communist Party accused the UN mission with supporting impunity for crimes that have affected peaceful protesters, and announced its refusal to participate in the political consultations sponsored by the tripartite mechanism.
Perthes made it clear that their alleged support for “evading punishment” after the October 25th coup represented a sharp contrast to their efforts to help Sudan ensure accountability in line with Security Council Resolution 2579 of 2021.
He stressed that the accusations did not take into account their statements, documentation, and discussions, and the ongoing monitoring carried out by the country office of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sudan and the UNITAMS’ Human Rights Department regarding human rights violations, and the calls for investigations to hold perpetrators accountable.
“We can confirm that we are ready and interested to provide information, have discussions and exchange ideas with you [Communist Part],” Volker added.
Since the protests’ outbreak, the coup authorities have killed about 95 anti-coup protesters.