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Outcry from Sudan activists amid rising deaths, detentions

February 17 - 2022 KHARTOUM
KHARTOUM 'We will not forget our martyrs' (Social media)
KHARTOUM 'We will not forget our martyrs' (Social media)

Adama Dieng, who was appointed Expert on human rights in Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council in November 2021, has expressed deep concern over the killing of two protesters in Khartoum on Monday.

In a series of tweets, Dieng called on the Sudanese authorities to ensure prompt and impartial investigations into the killing, wounding, and arbitrary detention of demonstrators and members of resistance committees, to bring those responsible to justice. Since the military coup of October 25 last year, 81 demonstrators have been killed.

Khartoum vigil

Members of Sudan’s legal fraternity, resistance committees, and political parties held a vigil yesterday, outside the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Khartoum, denouncing the arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances of coup authority critics.

110 people are in their third day of detention in Soba prison, whilst many vocal opponents of the sitting military government are still missing. The vigil attendees issued a memorandum condemning the prolonged detention of those unlawfully detained and called on authorities to issue a statement on their conditions.

A number of lawyers addressed the vigil, praising the role of the lawyers. They also criticised the arrests without charges and preventing detainees’ families and lawyers from visiting them, as well as not allowing doctors to see them. The memorandum also described the current State of Emergency as illegal and called for it to be lifted immediately.

Sources have reported that the Director General of the Sudanese Standards Organisation, Sami Balla, was detained. Members of Balla’s family said, he was summoned by the committee reviewing the decisions of the suspended Empowerment Removal Committee before they presented an arrest warrant against him.

Radio Dabanga has also learned that lawyer, Seleimi Musaed, were among those who have been forcibly taken to an unknown destination. The sources indicated that her family is deeply concerned about her health.


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