Title: Sudan’s security targets press and political opponents during the elections period:Amnesty Intern
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 04-24-2015, 05:13 PM
05:13 PM Apr, 24 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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Amnesty International has said that Sudanese election has been characterized by state sponsored human rights violations with dissent violently suppressed and political opposition figures subjected to arbitrary arrest.
Activists, the press and political opponents of the government have all been targeted, and the role of the state in this assault on freedom of expression cannot be underestimated. Rather than protecting and promoting the rights of its people, the Sudan government is targeting and silencing them. The Sudan authorities must live up to its human rights obligations and commitments, end continuing violations and act swiftly and decisively to hold those responsible for human rights violations to account.”
Amnesty International has documented arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, allegations of torture and ill-treatment and violent dispersal of public rallies since Sudan’s election period started on 24 February.
Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and police appear to have carried out many of these violations with total impunity. Opposition politicians and activists have been especially targeted during the election period
Two newspaper print runs were confiscated by NISS last week as suppression of freedom of expression persisted following the election.
According to reports received by Amnesty International, NISS warned all newspapers editors against publishing any articles that shed a negative image on the elections or the reported low voter turnout. They were told they should instead highlight the positive aspect of the election at all times.
Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service
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