19 April 2014

Sudan: Five Citizens Detained On the Backdrop of Al-Jarif Protest's Dispersal

press release

Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) deprecated Sudanese authorities' detention of five Al-Jarif city's residents, during the dispersal of their protest that took place on Friday 18th of April. The residents protested against the government's attempt to take away their land for the establishment of security ambushes.

Sudanese authorities used teargas, rubber bullets and cartridge to disperse Al-Jarif residents' protest. They also apprehended five citizens and took them to unknown place. The citizens are: Mutassim Alqam, Mohammed Abul Qasim, Ali Abdullah Zein, Abdu Mukhtar, and human rights activist "Badr al-Din Al-Hajj".

The Arabic Network believes that Sudanese authorities' random detention along with their dispersal of protests using excessive force, appear to be a perilous indicator of the poor humanitarian conditions in Sudan. Moreover, Sudanese authority's continuation of its fierce campaign to suppress and gag its citizens portends a human rights catastrophe.

ANHRI demands to urgently release the five detainee, and to discontinue the fierce campaigns launched by Sudanese authorities against citizens, opinion makers and activists. Furthermore, it calls for halting the policy of muzzling the mouths of Sudanese people, who suffer from authoritarian repression and security violence.

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