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East Darfur court jails activists for protests

January 22 - 2019 ED DAEIN
A policeman inspects a prison cell in Darfur (Albert Gonzalez Farran/Unamid)
A policeman inspects a prison cell in Darfur (Albert Gonzalez Farran/Unamid)

A court in Ed Daein, East Darfur, sentenced four activists to three months imprisonment under the state’s emergency measures that have been installed against the backdrop of the demonstrations throughout Sudan.

The defendants are Hasan Mahmoud, lawyer Abdallah Abdelmajid, Adam Tareibo and Waleed Eisa. They have been transferred from the cells of the joint police and security forces to the prison in Ed Daein.

The activists participated in protest in the state capital and also openly condemned the security forces’ raiding of homes. They considered it to be a violation of human rights and contrary to the law and the Sudanese constitution.

Relatives of the prisoners have called for their immediate release.

Earlier this month, El Fasher Criminal Court sentenced 20 young people to six months in prison. The protesters had participated in a rally southeast of El Fasher, El Wihda district, under the currently active emergency measures in the state.

The number of demonstrators detained to this day is unclear but several official sources stated that over a thousand people have been in detention or remain in detention by riot police and the security apparatus.

According to human rights watchdog Amnesty International earlier this month, more than 40 people had been killed, but that number has increased after the recent mass protest in Omdurman and the rallies in Burri in Khartoum on Thursday.

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