6 July 2014

Sudan: Security Men Ban Congress Party's Political Seminar and Arrest Two Members

press release

Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) today decried Sudanese authorities' raid on the Sudanese Congress opposition Party's headquarters at En-Nahud city, North Kordofan state on the 4th of July, 2014. The authorities also banned holding a political seminar inside the headquarters, and arrested two of the party members in the city.

Sudanese Congress Party had submitted a request to the Sudanese authorities for convening a political seminar at Al-Huriya square in the city, but the authorities refused the request. Consequently, the party leaders were put under an obligation to hold the seminar inside the Sudanese Congress Party's headquarters in the city.

In the same context, Sudanese authorities precluded a delegation of the national opposition power along with some members of the National Committee for the advocacy of "the detained" Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, Sudanese Congress Party's head, from visiting "Al-Sheikh" without stating any reasons.

Noteworthy, Ibrahim Al-Sheikh was arrested on June 8 on account of his criticism of the alleged crimes committed by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the Sudanese villages.

ANHRI said that "the continuation of the Sudanese authorities in violating political freedoms is a clear infringement of the Sudanese Constitution, which provides for the freedom to practice the political life. Additionally, such a matter is regarded as a form of intransigence against opposition parties, and is incompatible with what is being promoted by the Sudanese authorities with regard to their intention to build a democratic life in Sudan"

ANHRI demands from the Sudanese authorities to promptly release the Sudanese Congress Party's detainees, to abide by the Constitution's provisions, and to halt constraining the political party life in Sudan. ANHRI also demands to urgently set Sudanese Congress Party's head "Ibrahim Al-Sheikh" free, and to ensure his safety and security.

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