Title: Sudanese Congress Party Leader banned from travel
Author: سيف اليزل سعد عمر
Date: 11-02-2014, 10:54 AM
Khartoum – In the early hours ofSunday, November 02, 2014 the Sudanese Security Organ blocked the Leader of the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), Mr. Ibrahim al-Sheikh, and banned him from travel.
Mr. al-Sheikh was in his way to the UAE. He was turned away at Khartoum International Airport and his passport confiscated by security operatives while waiting at the departure hall after passing the passport control.
Mr. al-Sheikh was recently released after being reminded in prison for 100 days, without trial or enforcement of any legal proceedings, after publicly criticizing the war crimes committed by government-backed militias in the regions of Darfur and Southern Kurdofan.
The SCP condemned the blatant human rights violations committed by the Security Organs against Mr. al-Sheikh.
The SCP also emphasized that the continuous violations against the party leader and other party members will not deter it from working to achieve its declared goal, which is the toppling of the Al-Inqaz regime through peaceful struggle means, and that it will continue to work among the masses of the Sudanese people and join hands with all national forces that seek to topple this authoritarian and despotic regime and lay solid foundations for democracy, justice, peace.
Title: Re: Sudanese Congress Party Leader banned from travel
Author: سيف اليزل سعد عمر
Date: 11-02-2014, 08:11 PM
|Quote: Top News|
Sudan's opposition Congress Party says to boycott elections
KHARTOUM | Sun Nov 2, 2014 11:55am EST
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's opposition Congress Party will boycott next year's elections because the restrictive political climate does not allow for fair polls, its leader Ibrahim al-Sheikh said on Sunday, further undermining the credibility of the vote.
The Congress Party is the latest in a series of groups to declare that they would not take part in the April elections.
Its decision comes after Sudan's ruling party chose Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide, as its candidate for the presidential vote, sealing his bid to extend his 25-year rule.
Speaking at a news conference after he was barred by airport authorities from leaving Khartoum earlier on Sunday, Sheikh said his party would also boycott a national dialogue called by Bashir in January. A meeting to prepare the ground for that dialogue is set to begin on Sunday with heavyweight opposition groups largely absent.
"The political climate in the country is not suitable for (elections and the national dialogue) given the full control of the security apparatus and intelligence over all aspects of the state and in the light of the continued restrictive laws," he told reporters.
Sheikh was freed from jail in September after spending three months in custody for criticizing the security and intelligence services and accusing them of involvement in abuses against civilians in the western Darfur region.
Authorities barred him from traveling to the United Arab Emirates from Khartoum early on Sunday, saying he was on a blacklist, Sheikh said. He called the ban a violation of his constitutional right to travel.
Bashir pledged in January to redraw the constitution, bring opposition parties into government, and launch a national dialogue, but no visible progress has been made.
The few active opposition movements in Sudan are already losing hope of any change while an economic crisis that has worsened since the secession of the oil-rich south in 2011 has angered struggling citizens.
But some Sudanese feel they cannot trust alternatives to Bashir, who has proven himself a political survivor, fighting off coup attempts, civil wars, and international isolation.
(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz,; Writing By Mahmoud Mourad,; Editing by Lin Noueihed and Stephen Powell)