5 February 2013

Sudan: The Sudan - the Authority of the Sultan Scholars Disbelieves the New Dawn Charter Signatories

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), expresses its severe resentment in relation with the extremist statements delivered by the authority of the Sultan scholar as they said that the opposition figures who signed the charters are disbelievers.

The authority disbelieved the opposition figures who met in Kampala, capital of Uganda on January 6, 2013 to sign the charter of the new dawn which seek to overthrow the regime of the dictatorship peacefully. This Fatawa (disbelieving statement) was issued after "Yusuf El-Kodah" from Islamic background and the head of the Islamic Wast Party signed the charter on Thursday January 31, 2013. Malek Akar, the president of the revolutionary front and head of the popular movement- North Sector, signed the charter in addition to Mubarak El-Fadel, the leader of the Nation Party, as Mr. Mohamed Osman Saleh, the Secretary General of the Authority of Sudanese Scholar "every Muslim has to submit and acknowledge to the ruling of God according to the Holy Quran and Sunnah".

It is note worthy that the new dawn, in one of its articles indicated on the necessity to sepration of the state and religion which led to the issuance of this Fatwa.

ANHRI said that "the authorities urge to the religious institutions affiliated to it, by issuing Fatawa of disbelieving to the opposition figures is an intellectual intimidation to silence the voices of the opposition and violation to the right for expression".

ANHRI added that "the authority of the Sultan Scholars should have refused the dictatorships exercises by the regime against the citizens in particular as the brutal practices to repress the peaceful demonstrations in Darfur, as they should have left his legislation as long as it depend upon the blood shedding of the citizens".

ANHRI called the authority to rescind this Fatawa and press the regime which seek the continuation of controlling the political regime and all aspects of life in Sudan which resulted in serious violation to the rights and freedoms of the citizens.

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