4 August 2014

Sudan: Security Forces Arrest Two Female Members of Sudanese Congress Party

Photo: Radio Dabanga
Confrontation between police and protesters in Khartoum

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the Sudanese authorities' security prosecutions against the members of Sudanese Congress Party. Yesterday, August 3, the authorities arrested Ms. Salma Hassan, a member of the party, while Ms. Ina'am Mousa Al-Toum, a member of the party, was arrested on Saturday, August 2.

The security services arrested Ms. Salma Hassan during her return after her visit to Head of Sudanese Congress Party, Ibrahim Al-Shiekh, who has been detained since 10 June 2014. The security authorities stopped her at a market in En Nahud town on Sunday night, August 3.

In the context of violations, the security authorities arrested Ms. Ina'am Mousa Al-Toum on Saturday night, August 2, while she was distributing a statement released by Sudanese Congress Party in a street in En Nahud town.

Noteworthy, Sudanese security authorities are launching a fierce arrests campaign against the members of Sudanese Congress party, following the arrest of Ibrahim Al-Shiekh, Head of Sudanese Congress Party, on June 10, on account of his criticism to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), affiliated with the regime. Since June 10 and to date, the Sudanese authorities detained a number of Sudanese Congress Party's members, including Ms. Samia Abdullah Kair, student Mohamed Abdeen, journalist Hassan Issac, student Marawn Issac Arga along with other members.

ANHRI believes that the fierce attack is being spearheaded, by the Sudanese authorities, against the party's members contradict all the international conventions and treaties that Sudan has signed. These conventions include the right to political and partisan action. Additionally, the authorities are leading an arbitrary arrests campaign against the opposition, activists, politicians and journalists. This campaign constitutes a flagrant and egregious violation of the human rights and freedom.

ANHRI calls on Sudanese authorities to promptly release all those who are being randomly detained and without any legal ground and to ensure their freedom and safety. They should practice their legitimate political activities freely and without any pursuits by the security bodies, ANHRI says.

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