Longtime leader Omar al-Bashir was overthrown by the military after months of popular protest in April 2019.
Subsequently, a transitional government was put in place, comprising both military and civilian leaders, after a power-sharing agreement that was to lead to fully democratic elections in 2023.
According to news agencies, the Sudanese army dissolved the civilian regime, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency.
Protesters reportedly took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and gunshots were reported.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the secretary general said “there must be full respect for the constitutional charter to protect the hard-won political transition.
“The United Nations will continue to stand with the Sudanese people.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also condemned the attempted coup.
“These actions threaten the Juba Peace Agreement and undermine the important progress made towards democracy and respect for human rights,” Bachelet said.
She called on the military authorities to respect constitutional order and international law, to withdraw from the streets and to resolve any differences with the civilian leaders sitting on the Transitional Council through dialogue and negotiation.
“I totally deplore the reported arrest of the Prime Minister, several ministers, leaders of the Forces for Freedom and Change and other representatives of civil society, and call for their immediate release,” she said. .
Bachelet also highlighted reports that the internet was down in the country and other means of communication were suspended.
“Blackouts of the Internet are against international law, and Internet and mobile services must be restored, as they are essential for people to seek and receive information, especially in these troubling circumstances,” she said. declared.
It called on the military and security forces to refrain from any unnecessary and disproportionate use of force, to respect people’s freedom of expression, as well as the right to peaceful assembly.
“It would be disastrous if Sudan backed down after finally ending decades of repressive dictatorship.
“The country must move forward to consolidate democracy, a wish expressed repeatedly by the Sudanese people, including loud and clear in the streets last week and today,” she added.
The head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, also issued a statement, saying the arrests of the prime minister, government officials and other politicians are “unacceptable” .
“I call on the security forces to immediately release those who have been unlawfully detained or placed under house arrest.
“It is the responsibility of these forces to ensure the safety and well-being of those in their custody,” Perthes said.
The head of UNITAMS, who acts as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, also urged all concerned to exercise the utmost restraint.
“All parties must immediately resume dialogue and engage in good faith to restore constitutional order,” Perthes said.
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