III. ARRESTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND JOURNALISTS IN SUDAN OVER THE PAST MONTH
Eric Reeves | December 18, 2016 | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1Zl
Lawyer, journo detained after peaceful protest in Sudan’s Sennar | Radio Dabanga | December 14, 2016 | SENNAR | On Tuesday morning, women activists in Sennar carried out a peaceful protest in front of Sennar hospital in eastern Sudan against the new economic policies, the increases in prices, and violence against women. Two of the participants were later detained.
One of the activists told Radio Dabanga that dozens of women carried out the protest during which they held banners with slogans denouncing the increase in medicine prices and lifting of subsidies on fuel and electricity. She said the protest lasted for half an hour and then they then left peacefully. Other activists told Radio Dabanga from Sennar that on Tuesday, the security services detained human rights activist and lawyer Islam Adam Omar, and journalist Awad Barty, without clarification of the reasons.
More Sudanese Congress Party members detained in West Darfur | Radio Dabanga | December 14, 2016 | EL GENEINA / KHARTOUM Two members of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party were detained by agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) at the police headquarters in the West Darfur capital of El Geneina on Monday. An activist from El Geneina told Radio Dabanga that both men were initially arrested and criminal charges were filed against them for writing slogans on walls demanding toppling of the regime, denouncing the economic hardship, and supporting civil disobedience. The NISS agents released them on bail, but have now taken them to an unknown location.
Trial against 10 TRACKS activists resumes in Sudan | Radio Dabanga | December 14, 2016 | EL GENEINA / KHARTOUM The trial of ten staff members and affiliates of the Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKS), an organisation which provides training on a range of issues from IT to human rights, resumed on Tuesday Khartoum Criminal Court. The charges against them include Crimes against the State, some of which carry the death sentence or life imprisonment.
The activists, who include TRACKS Director Khalafallah El Afif Mukhtar, trainer Midhat Afifeldin Hamdan, and the director of El Zargaa Organisation for Rural Development, Mustafa Adam, have now been detained for more than seven months, facing charges of criminal conspiracy, undermining the constitutional order, war against the State, espionage and terrorism.
Lawyer Nabil Adeeb, chairman of the defence team told Radio Dabanga that the security apparatus complainant continued his statement before the court in which he accused the TRACS activists of “inciting the people against the regime and reporting to the International Criminal Court about human rights in Sudan without displaying supporting documents”. He pointed out that the complainant’s reliance on sources, without bringing them to the court, is considered unreliable hearsay.
Over 40 NGOs, individuals send open letter to UN on Sudan’s TRACKS cases | Radio Dabanga | December 12, 2016 | KAMPALA More than 40 Sudanese, regional and international organisations and individuals today sent an open letter to the United Nations Special Procedures regarding the TRACKS cases in Sudan. In the letter, the civil society organisations urge the UN human rights groups and commissioners “to call on the Government of Sudan to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against ten staff members and affiliates of the Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKS), an organisation which provides training on a range of issues from IT to human rights, in two overlapping cases that include crimes against the state. Crimes against the state charges carry the death penalty.
‘At least 24 political activists held incommunicado in Sudan capital’ | Radio Dabanga | December 5, 2016 | KHARTOUM The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) is reportedly holding 24 politicians and activists incommunicado in Khartoum. On Sunday, a court in Khartoum acquitted 25 young people who protested against the price hikes in November. Fathi Fadul, the spokesman for the Communist Party of Sudan (CPoS) informed Radio Dabanga, that three of the detainees are senior CPoS leaders. “Two of them are members of the party’s Political Bureau. The third is member of the Central Committee.”
Following an attempt to hand a memorandum to the Presidential Palace, together with other members of the National Consensus Forces (a coalition of opposition parties) on Wednesday 30 November, security agents surrounded the head office of the CPoS and detained a number of party members.
Sudanese security arrests Sudanese Congress Party leader in severe crackdown on opposition party | Sudan Tribune | November 9, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has launched massive arrest campaign against members of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCoP), detaining its chairman and seven leading members on Tuesday.
Sudanese human rights champion detained | Radio Dabanga | December 8, 2016 | KHARTOUM Well-known Sudanese human rights defender, Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, was detained by agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) for unknown reasons and taken to an unknown location yesterday. Human rights organisations have released urgent appeals for his release.
A relative of Dr Mudawi confirmed to Radio Dabanga that Dr Mudawi and his driver, Adam El-Sheikh, were arrested from the campus of Khartoum University, where Dr Mudawi lectures in engineering. They were forcibly transferred to an unknown location. The family only became aware of Dr Mudawi’s arrest when NISS agents arrived to search the house.
Sudanese security service arrests human rights defender | Sudan Tribune | December 8, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Sudanese human rights defender, Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, in Khartoum and taken him to undisclosed location, said Amnesty International on (…)
’40 politicians, activists detained’: Sudan opposition | Radio Dabanga | December 6, 2016 | KHARTOUM Approximately 40 people have been detained since the Sudanese government announced the liberalisation of the fuel market and other austerity measures one month ago, according to the Sudan Appeal opposition alliance.
The detained politicians and activists included four members of the Reform Now Movement and four members of the Sudanese Congress Party, said Mohamed Farouq Suleiman, the spokesman for the Sudan Appeal. He does not have exact numbers and details, “but there are others subjected to daily summons by the security service to their offices, for the purpose of keeping the opposition exhausted”, he told Radio Dabanga.
Lawyers rally against Sudan’s campaign of arrests | Radio Dabanga | November 30, 2016 | KHARTOUM
Trial of Czech journalist and pastors continues in Khartoum | Sudan Tribune | November 28, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – The trial of a Czech journalist and two Christian pastors charged with espionage, waging war against the state and inciting hatred against religious congregations, has continued in Khartoum on Monday…. In the trial which resumed in the Sudanese capital Monday, the prosecutor told the court that Jasek has entered Sudan to carry intelligence activities.
The Persecutor told the court NISS had expelled several foreigners from Sudan for carrying hostile activities against the state, jeopardizing national security, waging tribalism, documenting for the claimed human rights violations and incite waging war against the state.
Man dies during interrogation at Sudan security office | Radio Dabanga | November 25, 2016 | KHARTOUM
Sudanese security arrests four internal opposition figures | Sudan Tribune | November 23, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Wednesday has arrested four leading figures from the opposition umbrella National Consensus Forces (NCF). Leading members of the opposition (…)
Sudanese security arrests another doctor as strike continues | Sudan Tribune | Saturday 19 November 2016 | November 18, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – The independent doctors union, Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD) on Friday said the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has arrested another doctor describing its renewed strike…
Sudan’s Reform Now Movement says seeking to release its detained members | Sudan Tribune | November 19, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – The opposition Reform Now Movement (RNM) on Saturday said its chairman Ghazi Salah al-Din Attabani has visited families of the movement’s detainees pointing to continued contacts to secure their release. (…)
Sudanese security arrests two journalists | Sudan Tribune | November 11, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has continued crackdown on press freedoms and detained two journalists on Thursday, said media watchdog groups. Members of Sudanese Journalists…