Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he was “gravely concerned” by reports that 14 people have been killed and over 100 injured in Sudan, as pro-democracy activists continue to protest a recent military coup.
Attacks by Sudanese security forces in response to anti-coup protesters included “credible reports of attacks on medical personnel and facilities, and on those seeking treatment for the injured,” Mr. Coveney.
At least 14 men and women were killed by security forces during protests on Wednesday, the highest death toll in a day since the military seized power in the country on October 25.
In a statement on Friday, Mr Coveney said the recent deaths “add to the violence and attacks over the weekend”, with Coveney calling the attacks “unacceptable acts”.
The violence of recent days is the latest flashpoint of an increasingly volatile situation in the country, after General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan derailed Sudan’s transition to civilian rule.
Mr Coveney said the breaches of respect for the provision of medical care were “particularly heinous”.
Since the military coup in late October, Mr. Coveney has said that “the Sudanese people have consistently and peacefully declared that legitimacy cannot come from the barrel of a gun”.
Mr Coveney called on the perpetrators of the coup to “end the violence” and release civilian leaders and political detainees.
“Credible discussions can then begin on a way forward that honors the demands of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace and justice and sets the country on a new path to democracy,” he said.
“The reckless and illegal actions of the coup plotters cannot be allowed to hold the aspirations and security of the Sudanese people hostage,” Coveney said.
Ireland would consider “what other measures could be taken” at the level of the European Union or the UN Security Council to “redefine the path of democratic transition and maintain peace and security” in the country, he said. he declared.