Lawyer Ismail Kitir objected to the continuing detention of the Omda Hussein Sajo and his colleagues from Camp Abu Shouk. They have been held for over a year under provisions of the Emergency Law. Sajo is the highest tribal authority in Abu Shouk, which is located near the capital of North Darfur. The lawyer called the detentions a flagrant violation of human rights and noted that none of the pleadings and appeals made by the lawyers have not succeeded in winning the prisoners’ release. Kitir told Radio Dabanga that the ongoing detention of Omda Sajo and his colleagues pushed the prisoners to initiate a hunger strike in protest. Last week about 50 families in Abu Shouk and Assalam camps joined the hunger strike in solidarity with the detained men.