Today marked the 61st day of detention for some Darfuri journalists and human rights activists arrested in Khartoum. A number of people of Darfuri origin were arrested in Khartoum between October 30 and November 3. They included, among others: Jaafar Sabki, an editor of Al Sahafa newspaper, Abdelrahman Adam Abdelrahman, an editor of Radio Dabanga, Dirar Adam Dirar, a Darfuri activist, and Abdelrahman Al Gasim, a member of the Darfur Bar Association.Two women activists, Fatima Mohamed Al Hassan and Fatima Mohamed Abdelrahman, were arrested in Nyala on 5 December and 7 December. They were strong voices for women’s rights, human rights, and for Darfur itself
Critics of the arrests have called them extra-judicial and descriminatory. Opposition figure Farouk Abu Eissa, who spoke at an event on behalf of the detainees earlier this month, called the detentions ‘immoral’ and said that the government refuses to allow the detainees access to lawyers or disclose their whereabouts.