Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

15 August 2014

Sudan Rebels Demand Release of NUP's Dr El Sadig

Khartoum — Minni Arko Minawi, head of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM), has condemned the arrest of Dr Maryam El Sadig, Deputy-President of the National Umma Party (NUP), on Monday evening. He further demanded her immediate release from the federal Women's Prison in Omdurman.

Minawi's statement joins the large-scale condemnation which followed after Dr El Sadig, the daughter of Umma party leader El Sadig El Mahdi, was detained by the security service upon her arrival in Khartoum, after attending the conference in Paris where the Paris Declaration was signed on 8 August.

The Deputy-President of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) further said that her arrest is part of a government crackdown against freedoms, press and political forces. Minawi called upon the United Nations and the international community to exert pressure on the government, "which does not respect the rules of human rights and freedom of opinion and expression".

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) condemned Dr El Sadig's arrest in two separate statements, both demanding her immediate release.

The JEM confirmed on Thursday that it is seeking to expand the framework to include all political forces and civil society organisations in Sudan and abroad. It further demanded the release of all political detainees "who have been suffering in the prisons, including Ibrahim El Sheikh, head of the SCP".

The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and Abdel Wahid El Nur, leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-AW), condemned the detention earlier this week, also calling for the release of other political detainees in Sudan.

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