Eight students from Darfur have been held by the security service for more than four months, without charge. They were arrested in September 2017 during a demonstration in Khartoum against the killing of students Abdelbari Jifara and Abdelhadi Kardinal.
On September 13 last year, the United Popular Front held mass speeches against the continued detentions of UPF members in Khartoum Bahri market. Several Darfuri students were detained. In the days that followed more students held protests against the detentions.
The UPF is the student faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) led by Abdelwahid El Nur. El Nur’s office has condemned the continued arrest and claimed that the detainees are being subjected to torture and beatings in rooms with extremely low temperatures.
The spokesman for the SLM-AW civil office told Radio Dabanga that the students have not been allowed visit by their families so far. He appealed to all human rights organisations to intervene immediately.
The students arrested by the security services are Zakariya Mousa, El Hadi Abdelmunim, Salim Mohamed Mousa, Yasir Abdallah Mohamed, Abdelmalik Mousa, Bashir Yagoub, Adam Zakariya, and Mohamed Abakar.
In Saraf Omra in North Darfur, Hussein Adam Jad, Abdelrahman Adam Jadallah, and Adam Jarrar Nahar have been held in custody by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) for more than a week.
A witness told this station that said detainees were beaten and tortured by the RSF and that the force, led by Abdelrahman Ahmed Jaleida, denied the detainees any visits by familie members or health services. Last week, the RSF arrested six people and beat them, including the three men currently held in detention.