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Detained Sudanese students’ families stage Khartoum sit-in

June 8 - 2016 KHARTOUM
Activist Zeinab Badreldin
Activist Zeinab Badreldin

Dozens of families of Khartoum University students detained by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) staged a sit-in at the NISS office in Khartoum yesterday to mark the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The demonstrators demanded the release of their sons and daughters, some of whom have been detained since last May.

Zeinab Badreldin, activist and the mother of one of the detained students, told Radio Dabanga that the students’ families held their fast yesterday inside the NISS premises. They created a note of protest demanding the release of their children to resume their studies immediately in addition to addressing the conditions that allow such abuses.

Badreldin said that the families also moved from the NISS premises to the nearby Airport Road, where they staged a protest, holding-up pictures of detainees and slogans denouncing their arrests and demanding their immediate release.

She told Radio Dabanga that the group intends to gather at the NISS office every evening to break the fast of Ramadan.

At Dongola University In Sudan’s Northern State, the administration issued decisions to dismiss 13 students on Sunday, against the backdrop of the peaceful sit-in for students of the Faculty of Medicine University last month.

The University of Khartoum administration earlier issued decision to expel six of the students finally, and suspend 11 others for two years.

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