On Monday evening, the security authorities at Khartoum International Airport prevented human rights lawyer Saleh Mahmoud from boarding an aircraft to Geneva.
Mahmoud told Radio Dabanga the following day that he had completed all the travelling procedures at the airport when members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) stopped him and confiscated his passport.
The lawyer intended to take part in meetings of the UN Human Rights Council, in preparation for the Council’s periodic report. He described the move as a violation of the Sudanese Interim Constitution, and international human rights charters.
Siddig Yousef, activist and prominent member of the Communist Party of Sudan, and human rights activists Sawsan El Shueya and Muawiya Shaddad were barred from travelling to Geneva as well.
Last week, journalist Faisal Mohamed Saleh was prevented from boarding an aircraft to London.