On Thursday, May 5, 2022, one Sudanese protester was killed as security forces confronted anti-coup demonstrations in Khartoum, said medics.
The protester, identified as 23-year-old Mujtaba Abdel Salam Othman, was run over by a vehicle belonging to the security forces, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said.
The death brings the total number of protesters that have died since an Oct. 25 military takeover to 95, it said.
Several Sudanese cities have witnessed anti-coup protests demanding a democratic transition to civilian rule.
The UN Human Rights Expert for Sudan Adama Dieng at the press conference had recently called on the Sudanese army to “put an end to the excessive use of force and lift the state of emergency in the country.”
Diang expressed concern at the negative effects of the State of Emergency on human rights, attacks on medical facilities and medical personnel, harassment of media and journalists, arbitrary arrests and detention of protesters and human rights activists, and use of torture and other ill-treatment.
Since 25 October, Sudan has been suffering a profound crisis, after the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the Sovereign Council and declared a state of emergency.
Numerous ministers and governors were dismissed, and a number of party leaders and officials were arrested. Protests began immediately, in response to what many viewed as a “military coup”.