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New report exposes discrimination against Darfuri students at Sudan universities

October 1 - 2018 SUDAN
Students at the University of Sennar express solidarity with Darfur students of Bakht El Rida in July 2017 (RD)
Students at the University of Sennar express solidarity with Darfur students of Bakht El Rida in July 2017 (RD)

Students from the Darfur region frequently experience discrimination at universities across Sudan. A new report by the Sudan Democracy First Group researches and documents the extent and nature of the increasing violations against students from the Darfur region at Sudanese universities since the outbreak of the armed conflict in Darfur in 2003.

Entitled Tales of the Tombstones: The Discrimination Against Sudanese Students from Darfur in Sudanese Universities, the report details the violations against Darfuri students, focusing on violations of student rights and the violation of their right to complete their education, which includes the issues of tuition fees, the denial of university housing, and the administrative obstacles related to university administrations.

The report also analyses security violations and prosecutions of students from the Darfur, including the prolonged detention, physical, and psychological torture in detention centres, and the political assassinations of student activists. In particular, the report referred to the role of  the jihadist units in the universities (the student militias of the ruling party that are active in universities) in carrying out these violations, in addition to the role of the security apparatus and the police in these violations.

Read the complete report here


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