19 June 2014

Sudan: En Nahud Detainees in Sudan's West Kordofan On Hunger Strike

En Nahud — Five students, along with journalist Hassan Ishag, detained by the security forces in En Nahud, West Kordofan, embarked on a hunger strike on Thursday.

The six are protesting against their detention without charges. The students are members of the Independent Students' Conference (ISC), Yasin Salah, ISC Secretary-General told Radio Dabanga.

On 10 June they were all taken into custody, "precautionary, under the emergency law", they had been told. Two of the students were detained when they were on their way to deliver a speech inside the University of West Kordofan condemning the arrest of Sudanese Congress Party (SCP) head Ibrahim El Sheikh earlier that day in En Nahud. El Jareeda newspaper correspondent Hassan Ishag was detained on the same day.

On 8 June, the SCP leader Ibrahim El Sheikh was taken by the security service from his home in En Nahud. He was charged with undermining the Constitution, after he had publicly denounced the widespread attacks by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces on civilians in Darfur and Kordofan.

Yasin said that the detainees will not stop their hunger strike until they are released, or charged and brought before a judge. He affirmed that all six were tortured. "Their health already has deteriorated by the beatings."

The five students are Marwan Ishag Arja and Fathi Mohamed, both studying at the University of Khartoum, Mohamed Abdin and Nasreldin Mohamed Hussein, students of the University of Sudan, and Abdel Rahim Osman, student at the University of West Kordofan.

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