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Three Darfurian students killed in central Sudan over university tuition

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December 7, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Three students of Al-Jazeera University in central Sudan were murdered after their arrest by security agent after a protest by Darfurians on the ground of exemption from tuition fees.

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A Sudanese student protests outside the University of Zalingei in Darfur (file photo/AFP)

The victims were among six students of the first and second year arrested by the security service on Tuesday 4 December after a peaceful protest inside the university to protest the administration’s refusal to exempt Darfurian from university tuition fees in line with the peace agreements.

Their bodies were found on Friday morning in a waterway near the buildings of Al-Jazeera University in Wad Madani, Al-Jazeera state. The three other student are still missing .

The exemption from tuition fees was first included in Abuja peace agreement signed with the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) in May 2006 but the agreement did not define who is the Darfurian student benefiting from the measure.

Since, the exemption is implemented differently from a university to another, according to the administrative discretion of the university. It also cause regular disputes with Darfur students who apply to benefit from this positive action.

Some universities say it is only applicable to those who benefit from a government scholarship but not the others who are the majority of Darfurian students.

According to Girifna, a Sudanese youth group, all the six student were from the first year except one from the second year. They were arrested following clashes with the students members of the ruling National Congress Party on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses say signs of torture were visible on the three bodies.

Two rebel groups from Darfur region condemned the murder of the three students and stressed that they were protesting peacefully demanding to benefit from this special regime dedicated to Darfurians.

Abdallah Mursdal, SLM- MM spokesperson, wondered what crime they committed to be killed and to throw their bodies in a canal. He stressed that "they demand their rights acquired through the signed agreement", and "they expressed their demand in democratic and peaceful ways within the campus".

Gibreel Adam Bilal, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) spokesperson, said perpetrators of these crimes will not be forgiven and they remain accountable of the murder of innocent students. He added that the "director of Al-Jazeera University and the director security service" in the state should be held responsible of their death.

Al-Jazeera state authorities did not comment on the incident.

The bodies of the three students will be buried on Sunday after the arrival of their families.

(ST)

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  • 8 December 2012 07:46, by ForAll

    Darfurians must unite before they look for equal rights.
    Darfurians must unite before they look for equal rights.
    Darfurians must unite before they look for equal rights.

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  • 8 December 2012 08:34, by Civilrights

    Believe me that every Darfurian belongs to many tribes of his/her roots (we are mixed and we are one big family).

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    • 8 December 2012 10:40, by South South

      Darfurain,
      Unite and fight for your rights. Penguins are going to kill you one by one. Dayrians hold up guns and fight, no one will fight for your rights, Darfurains fight and fight and fight for your rights.

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  • 8 December 2012 10:58, by Civilrights

    Civil Rights = The right of every person to equal protection under the law and equal access to society’s opportunities and public facilities.

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  • 8 December 2012 15:08, by Civilrights

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • 8 December 2012 17:58, by Nyakuzuny

    believe me i know the background of Darfurian those people they don’t have any unity forever they will dies one by one , they are very primitively Enough.

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  • 8 December 2012 18:29, by ForAll

    The Darfur Students Association of Gezira University announced on Saturday that Al Sadiq Yakoub Abdullah and Al Noman Ahmed Gorshi had been found dead along with Mohammed Yunis Neil and Adel Mohammed Ahmed Hammad.

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  • 8 December 2012 18:30, by ForAll

    The Darfur Students Association of Gezira University announced on Saturday that Al Sadiq Yakoub Abdullah and Al Noman Ahmed Gorshi had been found dead along with Mohammed Yunis Neil and Adel Mohammed Ahmed Hammad.

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  • 8 December 2012 21:18, by Kikiji longiro

    For those who don,t know the really feelings of Darfurians,have rights to complain.These are the most sick people in Sudan because of Islam.In 1985, in old wad Halfa,darfurians group going for businesses between Egypt & Sudan refused to see any South Sudan which was not praying with them the word of ALLAH.And they condem any South Sudanese to death in Dr.Garang,s name.

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  • 8 December 2012 21:30, by Kikiji longiro

    DON,T SEE DARFURIANS THEY WILL END UP THE ONLY SUDANESE VICTIMS BECAUSE THEY DON,T HAVE A CLEARN ROAD TO WALK IN.IF THEIR PROBLEM IN SUDAN IS ALLAH,WHY DON,T THEY ACCEPT TO LEAVE AS ALLAH,S SLAVE IN EVERY SUDANESE LEADER COMING IN OR GO OUT.THEY TOOK ISLAM IN THEIR HANDS MORE THAN THE KINGS IN THE MIDDLE EAST SURVIVING UNDER ISLAM.IN THIS WORLD THE PERSON WHO DON,T IT,S BUSINESS AND IS FORCING HIM

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  • 8 December 2012 21:48, by Kikiji longiro

    IN THIS WORLD THE PERSON WHO DON,T know IT,S BUSINESS AND IS FORCING HIMSELF FOR IT, WILL END NOTHING IN IT.HOW MANY YEARS THEY HAVE BEING PRAYING FOR AL MAHDI AND WHAT DID AL MAHDI DID FOR THEM IN THEIR DESERT BETTER THAN TO BE CALLED GOOD MUSLIMS.
    ANYTHING THAT DECIEVES PEOPLE,S LIVES,COMES FROM WHAT THEY WERE THOUGHT TO LOVE SO MUCH.COWS IN THE SOUTH & RELIGION IN THE NORTH.
    KIKIJI

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  • 9 December 2012 02:59, by Observer

    Now we will wait for the usual announcement by our President about ordering an inquiry and the usual thing will happen... absolutely nothing.
    There will be the usual cover up, blaming the students for some wrong doing, conflicting story, and maybe some junios security agent will be held up as being responsible.
    As if this is going to help peace in Darfur.. just shakes my head in disbeleif

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