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Sudan used sexual violence against female activists, right group says

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February 22, 2011 (NAIROBI) – Sudanese security authorities have employed several forms of gender-based violence, including rape, against female activists who took part in recent anti-government campaigns, a local right group said on Sunday.

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A still image taken from a Youtube video showing Sudanese police beat women

Small anti-government protests erupted on 30 January in the capital Khartoum and other parts of the country in response to a campaign organized via the internet by youth groups inspired by the wave of revolts convulsing the Middle East.

Sudanese police supported by elements of the country’s security watchdog, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), used heavy force to break up demonstrators, arresting dozens in the process.

Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a Sudanese civil society organization, on Sunday issued a press release citing the cases of six politically active females it said were subjected to verbal and sexual abuse, including rape, at the hands of NISS agents.

According to the organization’s release, one female activist identified only by the letter S.E was snatched by NISS agents on 13 February and eventually raped following her interrogation which featured multiple physical and verbal abuses.

A video appearing on the video-sharing website Youtube and seen by Sudan Tribune showed the said girl with her face completely covered in scarf sobbing as she recounted her alleged ordeal.

The video has generated furious reactions online and Sudanese facebookers setup a page titled “we’re all the raped S.E” which is modeled on the “we’re all Khalid Saeed” page which galvanized support for the Egyptian revolution that toppled President Mubarak this month.

SDFG’s press release said that crimes of sexual violence were not a novelty in Sudan, recalling that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) had perpetrated them against women in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

“However, what is new with these crimes is their use of repression and oppression outside of war affected zones and transferring them to urban settings, and to the capital, Khartoum,” the organization added.

SDFG stressed that justice must be served for the victims of sexual abuse in Darfur through national and international mechanisms, including the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Hague-based ICC has charged three Sudanese officials, including President Omar Al-Bashir, of masterminding war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape, in the western region where conflict between the government and ethnic rebels killed 300, 000 people since it erupted in 2003, according to UN figures.

SDFG further said that the struggle for civil freedoms in Sudan must include “repelling the laws and practices of the public order regime and removing the powers granted in the National Security Act, in addition to ratifying the international and regional treaties for women’s rights.”

The status of women rights and freedoms in Sudan remains under constant attack by activists as local authorities continue to prosecute and flog women convicted under the loosely defined charge of “indecency” in the Public Order Law.

Last year, a Youtube video showing a Sudanese women being flogged by the police as she screamed for help had outraged activists who took to the streets in protest.

Separately, STED leveled mild criticism against the international community for focusing its attention on stability in Sudan, saying that such approach serves to maintain crimes of sexual violence.

The global human rights watchdog Amnesty International warned on 2 February that anti-government protestors held in the custody of the NISS are “at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.”

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  • 23 February 2011 07:49, by Sam.Eto

    Thats your proof - one women raped and now you accuse the government of Sudan of using rape as a weapon - and because a you-tube video !!!

    Its a tragedy that she went through this and the person responsible should be punished. But to accuse the government of using it systematically is pushing it too far.

    There is a rape occurring every 25 seconds in the USA according to statistics. Does that mean the US is using it as a weapon against women ?

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    • 23 February 2011 09:33, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      That is good news mr. Sam. The games will be interesting if it continue to be played by the Islamist groups against their people. So what was the meaning of President Bashir statement that "he would dclare sheria law in Sudan after the South Secceeded" The NISS are raping women, Sam will practice raping in every 25 seconds because he is part of NISS following the best practice from his Master Bashir.

      Let it be the game because there will be no alternatives for women in the North. But it is very discouraging for women in the North to suffered in the hands of Security men. It is the fault of Arabs women to disobey their Husbands when they are told in reference to their beliefs to remain at their homestead without seeing the outisde of their fences or cages.

      You women turn out your faces and do not look at what manslaughters are doing. You will be shocked and suffered from sexual assaults.

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  • 23 February 2011 10:08, by Sam.Eto

    Like most imbeciles in this site - your comment makes no sense. I suggest you people stop the haze smoking and drinking when you reply. Your comments might be more coherent.

    Because one individual perpetrated a hideous crime does not implicate the entire state. The SPLM raped and killed tens of Shulluk a few months ago. Does that mean the SPLM is ethnically cleansing the Shulluk ?

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    • 23 February 2011 12:56, by Sudani Logik

      Sam.Eto

      I think you meant the SPLA not SPLM, there’s a difference between the two. Its funny how you’re quick to pick up on other’s mistakes but you forget your own. HYPOCRITE! The answer is no, if a few soldiers from the SPLA commit a crime, it does not mean the entire SPLA is guilty.

      Your comments often consist of the phrase "you people", do you ever look at your own racist and supremacist views or do you just like bashing the oppressed in defense of the oppressor! Elements of the security organs in Khartoum are guilty of many crimes including rape, just because rape takes place often in the US does not justify the crimes committed by many members of the NISS.

      Your president Bashir once declared that a western (Darfuri) woman should be proud if she’s raped by a Ja’aly, is this the kind of sadistic leader you want to defend! you’re a pathetic. Its you who needs to stop the smoking and drinking.

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  • 23 February 2011 10:15, by Miamangawai

    Good news. The Sudanese government including its watchdogs are still raping people after the indictment that include the same crime.

    Southerners are eradicating gander based violance but the north are improving it. Bye-bye to you arabs. We are going towards a complete free State without the practice of such shameful offence.

    I can not blame the NISS beacause, they were trying to find women outside but fail to get. Meanwhile, women desire affects them for more than one year due to their ugly faces. Which woman that can accept and love them? They found it as a chance to release. All of them including their master are due to face the justice for the offence.

    May God curse northern Sudan!

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    • 23 February 2011 10:23, by Miamangawai

      Haaaaaa Sam,
      Are you mud or you have taken a strong beverage this morning?

      Have you heard this shameful habit occured within the SPLM control area?

      Which shilluk does the SPLM raped? You are saying this just because you their runner. You plus your foolish colleagues raped number of Darfurians and again turn to raped the women who are keeping Khartoum as a country. If you asked for sex or ask any other girl outside on the street what could happen instead of using force.

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  • 23 February 2011 16:59, by ebonyebony

    I think it is high time now that the North learn from SPLA how women should be (un) raped..because the SPLA’s record is sooooooooooo deomcratic and rape (free)!

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  • 24 February 2011 07:47, by Sam.Eto

    The SPLA army has burned scores of villages and raped hundreds of women and girls in Southern Sudan’s Shilluk Kingdom. This is in south Sudan, which may be on the eve of its independence, and the crimes were committed not by the Arab janjaweed but by the SPLA, the former south Sudan rebels who now constitute the region’s army.

    The CIA has called Southern Sudan the place in the world most likely to witness a genocide or mass killing in the coming five years.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/video/...

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  • 24 February 2011 07:48, by Sam.Eto

    HYPOCRITES !

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  • 24 February 2011 07:56, by Sam.Eto

    http://english.aljazeera.net/video/ ’Mayhem in Sudan’s Shilluk Kingdom’.

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