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Over forty women arrested after anti flogging protest

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December 14, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Over forty protesters mostly women were arrested Tuesday by the Sudanese authorities following a peaceful demonstration staged to protest against brutal flogging of a young woman by the police.

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The protest took place after the widespread circulation of a video showing a laughing police officer whipping the woman. The video is posted on YouTube but also several Arab channels broadcasted some extracts where blue-uniformed policemen take turns to whip her across her head, legs and feet.

The state security officers arrested 46 women and six men today at about 11.30 am in central Khartoum near the ministry of justice while they were taking part in a demonstration organized by the "No to Women’s Oppression Coalition".

The angered women wanted to deliver a protest letter to the minister of justice calling for the abolition of the "Public Order Regime". A number of laws and legal dispositions prohibit mixing of unmarried couples also ban women wearing of pants or any other indecent dress in public places. The criminalized acts are punishable by fines or lashes.

The organizers said Police permission had been granted for the demonstration. However the police charged them with "civil disobedience" and undermining the work of police officers before releasing them later.

Plain clothes security officers kicked a BBC correspondent to the floor who was trying to report about the protest and seized his equipment.

Sudanese officials defended the whipping of women saying it is provided for in the Sharia, Islamic law, but said they were probing the way the flogging was implemented.

Commenting on the protest, Khartoum governor Abdel-Rahman Al-Khidir warned in a statement to the Blue Nile TV that his government "will not allow anyone to exploit this for political ends."


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  • 15 December 2010 09:25, by Peter Mading

    Aresting and whipping Southern Sudanese Women in Khartoum is a police exercise of their muscles. They do not beat their wives at homes but only South Sudanese women. South Sudanese in the North are they one holding their men in the North. They are aliented to the North. If they were like the Southern Sudanese women in the South Sudan they would have not suffered that way. Brutality of the police by whipping the Women is an indication of telling them that to go to South Sudan. So What will you do? Are you protesting to who? How many times were you arrested and whipped? Your lives were very difficult. It is clear that they don’t want local breweries openly when they steal it and take snip at night. Make decision now and advice your husbands to repatriate like the rest who are coming back home.

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    • 16 December 2010 05:42, by Young Nation

      Dear Northerners,

      Northern Sudan is tpically a primitive State. The Laws currently being practiced such as arresting women because of how they dress is not uniform with modern and contemporary 21st Century. You really need to revist, review and adjust your laws for the betterment of your reputation in our global village. I’m a shame of being part of Sudan since the dawn of independence in 1956. I can’t wait for SO=outh Sudan to seceed from the North.

      Young Nation is a Student of BA at The UNiversity of Queensland, Australia

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    • 17 December 2010 06:11, by doctor nuong

      By Aguacnuong
      iam happy that we will soon be out of dining hall from the tireless dog who have no sympathy and faith,forgiveness and enjoy our land of faith where each of every one has right to say and request apardon which should be granted as a citizen of the country.sharia law was written by human and should be amended by human,how should human flesh eaters justice sentence awoman to bitterable death? sharia law could you remain in the border,you offensive with jealou president who force justice to act out of law.bye,bye sharia law Janub Sudan Oyeeeeeeeee.

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    • 17 December 2010 06:15, by doctor nuong

      By Aguacnuong
      iam happy that we will soon be out of dining hall from the tireless dog who have no sympathy and faith,forgiveness and enjoy our land of faith where each of every one has right to say and request apardon which should be granted as a citizen of the country.sharia law was written by human and should be amended by human,how should human flesh eaters justice sentence awoman to bitterable death? sharia law could you remain in the border,you are offensive with jealou president who force justice to act out of law.bye,bye sharia law Janub Sudan Oyeeeeeeeee.

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  • 15 December 2010 11:24, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    This type of behiavour what does it shown now to the arabs countries who are supporting the unity among the south and the north Sudanese,the country like Libya,Egypt,Qatar,we want to hear their answer on this issues otherwise GoSS has the right to open court to the ICC on the mistreatment on his citizen in the north Sudan.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 15 December 2010 13:27, by 1988

    And the world watches closer with more intent and focus. Khartoum is the mentally disabled child of the world

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  • 15 December 2010 14:04, by Padiet Deng Alony

    sheria law the one applied in the capital of the whole sudanese where others are not muslim, not that even other muslim do not agree with that sheria, Nation for all and religion for God. Creator never punish Adam and Eve by flogging them when they commit since in the Garden of Eden.
    North sudan the 2nd taliban of Afganistan in Africa and it will be very soon change like Afganistan.
    That is the unity needed by the north with South Sudan haaaahaaaaaaaa.

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  • 15 December 2010 17:39, by Omoni Atari

    OH NO,
    lord have mercy on earth. what a mistreatment and suffering of sudanese in hand of rogue and ruthless administration of Arabs regime.
    ALL SOUTHERNERS women and men need to watch that vedio and think 100 times in order to download up more information so that you can use it in referendum events.
    Vote wisely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    OMONI SAYS, Natinga, New cush, south sudan

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  • 16 December 2010 10:27, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    As I watched it on youtube, it is useless for the government of Khartoum to jeopardize the life of the their citizens like that. What is the point of inhumanizing the woman like this?

    Shame on Beshir and his Associates who are misleading the people to a wrong direction.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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