Geneva — The UN rights chief on Thursday slammed Sudan’s “repressive response” to antigovernment demonstrations that have turned into daily rallies against President Omar al-Bashir, including the use of live ammunition against protesters. Authorities say at least 24 people have died since the protests first broke out on December 19 after a government decision to triple the price of bread. Rights group Human Rights Watch has put the death toll at 40, including children and medical staff. “I am very concerned about reports of excessive use of force, including live ammunition, by Sudanese state security forces during large-scale demonstrations in various parts of the country since 19 December,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement. “A repressive response can only worsen grievances,” she warned, calling on Sudan’s government to protect the protesters’ right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, regardless of their political affiliations. ...

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