Concern over Sudan arrests

2014-12-12 18:32
Sudanese President Omar Bashir . (AFP)

Sudanese President Omar Bashir . (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Geneva - The UN human rights office expressed deep concern on Friday about the arrests of opposition figures and rights activists in Sudan.

"We're deeply concerned about a pattern of detentions and prosecutions in Sudan in recent months that appear aimed at silencing political opposition and criticism of the policies of the ruling party," spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.

She also condemned the "worrying trend" of muzzling critics of the regime by prosecuting journalists, bloggers and even printers.

Sudanese security forces arrested politician Farouk Abu Issa and civil activist Amin Makki Madani last week after they joined an alliance aimed at uniting opposition to President Omar al-Bashir's regime.

A third man, Fara Ibrahim Mohammad Alagar, was also believed to have been arrested after attending talks about the alliance in Addis Ababa.

The document called for a transitional government in Sudan, where Bashir has ruled since seizing power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989.

"We urge the government to release the three men in the absence of valid legal charges, or to promptly charge them with a recognisable offence and to bring them before a judge with guarantees of their fair trial rights," Shamdasani said.

The spokesperson highlighted the detentions of "scores" of political and youth activists and prominent human rights defenders in the past six months in Sudan.

And she said there was a "worrying trend emerging towards the prosecution of owners and employees of private printing firms, apparently aimed at restricting the printing and distribution of independent material deemed critical of the ruling party."

"We urge the government to cease the harassment and prosecution of political activists, human rights defenders and other public commentators such as journalists and bloggers for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and opinion," she said.

Read more on:    sudan  |  media  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.