Title: Amnesty International appeals Sudan’s Security to free all detainees
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 06-06-2015, 03:40 PM
03:40 PM Jun, 06 2015
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Amnesty International has appealed Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to free all detainees, disclosing that it has been receiving several reports that the NISS intensified its crackdown on the activities of political opposition groups and civil society since the general elections 2015.
In a press release issued on Friday, Amnesty said more than 221 students from Darfur were arrested by NISS in recent weeks after violent clashes between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) student supporters and students from Darfur in five universities in Khartoum, pointing out that 157 students were released on bail after having been charged with various crimes while 37 students were injured.
It added that currently there are 12 members of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCP) in detention, saying that four of them are facing criminal charges punishable by death including complicity to execute a criminal agreement, undermining the constitutional system and calling for opposition of the public authority by violence or criminal force.
It also pointed out to the arrest of the secretary general of the Sudanese Consumer Protection Society (SCPS), Yasir Mirghani, and the activist, Nasreen Ali Mustafa, who have been detained since 25 May.
It noted that Mirghani has always been known for his strong presence on issues pertaining to consumers and corruption in the importation of goods, saying that Mustafa has raised concerns about the alarmingly high number of unreported incidents of sexual harassment and abuse in some schools buses in Khartoum state.
The organization stressed that NISS maintains broad powers of arrest and detention under the National Security Act 2010, which allows suspects to be detained for up to four-and-a-half months without judicial review.
“NSS officials often use these powers to arbitrarily arrest and detain individuals and to subject them to torture and other forms of ill-treatment”, it said
The rights group further said the recent constitutional amendments passed by the Sudanese parliament on 5 January 2015, have exacerbated the situation, stressing they accorded sweeping powers to the NISS allowing it unlimited discretion to interfere in political, economic and social issues.
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