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Sudanese human rights activist detained in Darfur

December 30 - 2016 EL FASHER
Lawyer and human rights activist Tasneem Ahmed Taha
Lawyer and human rights activist Tasneem Ahmed Taha

Agents of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on Tuesday detained lawyer and human rights activist, Tasneem Ahmed Taha, from her office in the market of El Fasher, capital of North Darfur.

Taha was then transferred to NISS detention in Khartoum “in an enforcement of high directives issued from Khartoum”, according to a statement issued by the Darfur Bar Association on Thursday.

Abdelrahman El Gasim, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Darfur Bar Association told Radio Dabanga that the circumstances of the arrest and transfer of lawyer Taha are indicative of the targeting of activists and human rights defenders by the security apparatus.

El Gasim said that Taha is being kept incommunicado, and her family are unsure of her whereabouts. He said that her brother informed the Bar Association that he was told by the NISS reception in Khartoum that it will be possible to bring her clothes, which indicates an intention to prolong her detention.

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