Home | News    Friday 25 June 2021

Darfur group arrests Sudanese journalist in ex-UNAMID site

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 24, 2021 (NYALA) - A Sudanese journalist was arrested and beaten by the Sudan Liberation Forces Alliance (SLFA) of Tahir Hajar at the former UNAMID headquarters in Nyala, South Darfur.

Abdel Moneim MadiboAbdel Moneim Madio told Sudan Tribune Thursday that forces of the signatory group detained him for more than 12 hours at a former team site of the United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur "UNAMID" as he was there preparing in a press mission on Tuesday 22 June.

The journalist, who works as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse from Darfur, said that upon his arrival at the former UNAMID Sector Headquarters in Nyala he was surprised by the presence of the SLFA’s combatants who prevented him from taking pictures, and asked him to wait inside a "cage" until the arrival of an officer who would decide on his request.

Following his refusal to enter the detention room, Madibo was handcuffed and forced to stay in it, after stripping him of all his belongings including cards and cell phone.

He confirmed to the Sudan Tribune he was detained inside the former UNAMID team site in clear violation of the agreement signed with the United Nations.

The journalist added he could not confirm whether the SLFA fighters were residing in the site, but that a military force of 95 military vehicles was there during his arrest.

"I was arrested from 7.30 am until midnight, and they were inside the site during this time," he added.

It is noteworthy that the agreement between the Sudanese government and the UN prohibits the use of its former sites for any military purposes. The equipped building should be dedicated to civilian purposes and community activities.

Before the handover of the former UNAMID site in Nyala on 19 November 2019, the Sudanese government pledged that the facilities be used as Police Training Academy and premises for the University of Nyala.

Madibo said that an SLFA combatant took him outside the arrest room and beat him with a whip until he was wounded in the back and right hand.

Late during the night, he was transferred to the State Government Guest House where the group officials apologized for the bad treatment and asked him to write down an acknowledgement that he went there on his own.

SLFA Spokesman Fatehi Osman issued a statement confirming the arrest of the journalist

"He went to the base of the Sudan Liberation Forces Alliance in Nyala and photographed the site without permission," reads the statement.

Osman further said that his interrogation by the Movement’s police was a "routine procedure" before stressing that "It is well known that it is banned to approach and photograph armies barracks without permission."

(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.


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



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


What Makes an Uprising? 2021-09-03 17:29:45 By: Dr Lam Akol* In an undated article, Hon. Atem Garang de Kuek discussed what was required for an uprising in South Sudan to succeed as did three uprisings in the recent history of Sudan (...)

Is IGAD partly responsible for current confusion in South Sudan? 2021-08-21 09:41:17 By Bol Khan In April 2016, Radio Tamazuj posted and answered questions about the fainting Security arrangements or demilitarization of the capital, Juba as stipulated in 2015's signed ARCSS and (...)

South Sudan People Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) is to create warlords 2021-08-19 11:06:28 By Steve Paterno In South Sudan, where just about everyone has access to guns (tons of them), and almost every ambitious politician is a potential warlord, any slight destabilization of the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Statemeny bu Hala al-Karib to UN Security Council on women conditions in Sudan 2021-09-15 11:59:16 Statement by Ms Hala Al-Karib to the UN Security Council 14 September 2021 Madam President, Excellencies, My name is Hala Al-Karib and I am the Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative (...)

Joint Communiqué on the visit of H.E. the Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan to Juba 2021-08-23 11:23:26 19 – 21 August 2021 His Excellency Dr Abdallah Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan and Chairperson of IGAD, accompanied by Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Trade, (...)

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.