Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

Sudan: Wave of Arrests of Darfur Students in Sudan Capital and Atbara

Khartoum — The National Security of Sudan has started arresting scores of students from Darfur attending various universities in Khartoum and Atbara. On Sunday 23 December at least seven students in Khartoum and on Tuesday 25 December five students in the northern town Atbara were detained, the Darfur Bar Association stated in a press release published by Radio Dabanga.

The National Security of Sudan has started arresting scores of students from Darfur attending various universities in Khartoum and Atbara. On Sunday 23 December at least seven students in Khartoum and on Tuesday 25 December five students in the northern town Atbara were detained, the Darfur Bar Association stated in a press release published by Radio Dabanga.

After being taken to the security offices several students have been interrogated. During the questioning they were beaten and some of them were severely tortured, the Darfur lawyers explained. One student, Abdelsalaam Nurein, sustained severe physical and psychological traumas after hours of continuous torture. The Darfur Bar Association says the nation wide hunt for Darfur students is undermining the unity of Sudan since it is focused on a certain ethnicity. According to the lawyers, the national security and police forces did not follow the required legal procedures, including allowing counsel, providing a proper charge while pretending all students arrested were 'undermining the state peace'.

The Darfur Bar Association released the names of all the known students being arrested. Besides Abdelsalam Nurein of Nilein University (Law College), amongst the other students detained and tortured were: Azubeir Hussein Zakaria (Holy Q'uran University), Musamil Hassan Bukhari Nasr (Bahri University, Engineering Faculty), Mukhtar Ali Osman Abbas (Bahri University, Engineering Faculty), Abdallah Eshaq (Omdurman University) and Abdelhafif Hassan Adam (Bahri University, Education faculty).

Atbara riots

In the northern city of Atbara the government security agents arrested today (Tuesday) five students of the Nile Valley University studying at the Faculty of Agriculture. The students were participating in a demonstration against the university administration that should allow Darfurian students to take part in the exams without paying high fees. They faced violent opposition from the students related to the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

The students were refused to be registered failing to pay their fees. In the Abuja peace agreement of 2008 the central government agreed that the Darfur students would be exempted from paying tuition fees due to the economic marginalization of Darfur. The names of the five students are Ali Abdel Hussein, Abdu Samia Mohamed Ahmed, Armani Mohamed Ahmed and two female students known by their first name Sara and Armani. They were arrested at the junction of Atabara/Berbera Street, the lawyers explained.

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