Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

13 December 2012

Sudan: Professor Blames University for Crimes

Khartoum — A high committee member for the implementation of the Doha Document in higher education blames the head of the Gezira University responsible for crimes committed against students from Darfur, he told Radio Dabanga during an interview on Thursday, 13 December.

Professor Salahuddin, who is also a political science professor at Sudanese universities, said the head of the university is personally responsible for the assassinations, beatings, torture and insults against Darfur students.

In addition, the professor suggested that the recent events at Gezira are not related to the payment of tuition fees, but rather to "hatred and revenge against the people of Darfur".

Salahuddin mentioned that the head of the Khartoum University had issued a decree affirming that students from Darfur should be enrolled in their studies until it was determined which ones are displaced, refugees or affected by the war.

He stated that the presidency, the ministry of finance and the Darfur Regional Authority had agreed on paper to afford 1.000 Sudanese pounds for each university student from Darfur.

The professor held an officer from the Darfur Peace Office responsible for not implementing the decision that Darfur students from all universities are to be exempted from paying fees.

"Violations" will not stop

Salahuddin stressed to Radio Dabanga that assassinations, beatings and insults against Darfur students, in addition to them not being exempted from paying fees, will not stop.

According to him, the only way to put an end to these violations and abuses is by raising political awareness, making sure rights are respected, stripping the current Khartoum regime from power and disclosing all evidences to the people of Sudan and abroad.

The professor suggested that reproducing the Darfur crisis through igniting wars is a survival interest for the regime in Khartoum. He added that solving the conflict in Darfur means solving the problems in Sudan.

Related: Arrests, injuries and torture reported at Gezira University (12 December 2012)

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