Home | News    Thursday 10 July 2014

EU expresses concern over Sudan’s political detainees

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

July 9, 2014 (KHARTOUM) –The European Union (EU) mission in Sudan along with the Norwegian embassy issued a joint statement on Wednesday expressing concern over the government crackdown on political figures, activists and journalists.

"The EU heads of mission and the ambassador of Norway in Khartoum are deeply concerned about the ongoing detention and condition of opposition party members, youth activists, human rights defenders and journalists in Sudan. We strongly urge the Government of Sudan to guarantee the peaceful exercise of the freedoms of expression, association and assembly,” the statement reads.

The press release specifically mentioned the cases of the Sudanese Congress Party chief Ibrahim al-Sheikh and his party members

Al-Sheikh was detained last month after criticising the Rapid Support Force (RSF) government militia and accusing it of committing abuses against civilians in war zones.

“Tajelsir Jaafar, Mohamed Saleh and Moamar Musa Mohamed arrested near the University of Khartoum on 12 May 2014 and currently held without charge in the NISS [National Intelligence and Security Services] premises in Khartoum, alongside other youth activists”.

The EU called on Khartoum “to either initiate legal procedures without delay or release the detained immediately”.

“We have further received reports that some of the political activists have been subjected to ill-treatment and torture and call on the Government to ensure their physical and mental integrity and to respect the human rights of detainees in Sudanese prisons and detention facilities. Violations should be investigated and the responsible institutions and persons held to account”.

The statement also noted continued obstacles to the activities of civil society and non-profit organisations such as Salmmah Women’s Resource Centre.

“We regret the increasingly shrinking space for rights-based organisations, in particular those promoting women’s rights and youth empowerment. We expect the authorities to ensure that civil society organisations can operate freely, contribute to the development of Sudan and participate actively in the national dialogue announced by president Bashir."

Despite the launch of the national dialogue process by the Sudanese president last January and his promise of allowing more freedoms, the government has intensified its censorship of newspapers by either suspension or shutting down the entire media houses.

It also arrested opposition leaders including the head of the National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi last May. He was released a month later after his party issued a subtle apology.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sixty years of the Sudanese Armed Forces went unheeded 2014-08-20 06:01:50 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman August 19, 2014 - This article comes against the backdrop of the Sudanese armed Forces (SAF) celebration on Thursday 14th August 2014, for its Sixtieth Anniversary. (...)

Freedom of Expression in South Sudan: does it exists? 2014-08-18 22:02:01 By Joseph Stewart Sr. “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a (...)

What is politics in South Sudan context? 2014-08-14 06:11:41 By Peter Gai Manyuon August 14, 2014 - Is politics preaching about tribalism? Is politics taking Country resources? Is politics killing people in ethnicity line? Is politics raping women and (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Friends and Diaspora of South Sudan urge leaders to choose peace 2014-08-19 20:29:59 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Esther Sprague, Founder & Director, Sudan Unlimited 415.713.2495, esprague11@yahoo.com FRIENDS AND DIASPORA OF SOUTH SUDAN URGE LEADERS TO CHOOSE PEACE UNSC (...)

Local group calls to investigate assassination attempt on civil society activist 2014-08-03 08:29:24 The South Sudan Human Rights Society For Advocacy (SSHURSA) PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release, 2 August 2014 SSHURSA condemns attempted assassination on the life of the Alliance’s leader Deng (...)

Memory, healing and transformation in South Sudan 2014-07-23 05:55:08 Memory, Healing and Transformation in South Sudan A Working Paper by David K. Deng July 2014 Contents Introduction 1 What is memorialization? 2 Timing 2 Risks 3 Principles 3 Integrity 3 (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.