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Monitoring Report No: 13 1 November -10 December 2016

Sudanese Rights Group (Huqooq)
Human Rights Monitoring Report-Sudan No: 13
1 November -10 December 2016

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Brief Summary:

This is Huqooq issue No: 13 on monitoring and documentation on the human rights situation in Sudan,
although Huqooq team was unable to reach out all Sudan regions, however, through its extensive work
inside Sudan the team has documented violations in Khartoum, Kassala, Port Sudan, Al Gadarif, River
Nile States and Dongola in North State, following the government new economic policies and during the
national civil disobedience, the team was able to document NISS severe attacks on the media and on
peaceful assembly and on association.

Throughout November and first week of December the NISS has confiscated seven newspapers in 27
times in total, some of the newspapers were confiscated more than three times in a week such as AlJareeda
newspaper, as usual the NISS has continued to seized the newspapers from the printing house
without stating any reasons. In addition Huqooq has documented and verified more than 160 arbitrary
and incommunicado arrest cases of political opposition activists, trade unionists, students and activists
who perceived to hold dissenting opinion against new economic measures. Around 45 people are still in
NISS detention and more than 30 people are facing charges under article 77 public nuisances and 69
disturbing of public peace of the criminal law of 1991. (Huqooq will provide and share the list of arrested
persons upon request).

Throughout the reporting period, National Intelligence and Security Service agents resorted to torture
and ill-treatment during arrests and whilst interrogating detainees. Therefore Huqooq will highlight
torture and ill-treatment in an extensive separate report in the future. Finally the report includes
violation cases in Darfur region such as attacks and killing of tens of civilians as a direct result of tribal
clashes and or attacks by unidentified armed men, abduction and three cases of rape. In addition, the
dismissal of 12 students of Al Fashir University faculty of medicine following their sit-in in protest against
the university administration decision of increasing the tuition fees. This report does not include
economic, social and cultural rights violations.

New Developments:

On the 7th of December 2016, the president of Sudan Omar Albashir addressed the opening ceremony of
the Teacher Medical City in Khartoum, in his speech he criticized the decision of abolishing the whipping
punishment in schools and recommended to be considered, saying that “the decision is a blind imitation
of the West, and the abolition of whipping will develop excessive freedom amongst the pupils and will
lead to disrespect of the teachers”, stressing that “the education is a discipline before educating
students to read and write, and in order to ensure success in any business there should be punishment”.
Noting that in 2010 the Ministry of Education has abolished whipping punishment in schools in response
to the concluding observations of the committee on the child rights1
. He further added that the free
education is false slogans whilst in fact half of the country’s students are studying in private schools2
.
Such statement from the head of the state is contradicting the state National Interim Constitution of
2005 article 13/1 and the state international obligations to ensure free and compulsory education.
On the 30th of November 2016, the ministry of Education has revoked the license of number of private
schools and kindergartens following the absence of number of students and children from the classes
during the national civil disobedience. It is worth mentioning that On the 226/11/ 2016, a reliable
sources from within the Ministry of Education in Khartoum stated that the ministry of education has
held an urgent meeting attended by representatives from NISS, Khartoum State police, secondary
education department from different localities in Khartoum State and the general students union,
alerting them to report any absence from the schools to the security authorities.
On the 16th of November 2016, the Chairperson in charge of the legislation, justice and human rights
parliamentary committee Mohamed Hassan Alameen, stated in a press statement at the parliament that
the arrest of opposition leaders was based on criminal reasons related to arrangements and plans to
disrupt the public security, and not based on political reason, he further exonerated the National
Intelligence and Security Service NISS from committing any violations against the detainees, adding that
the detainees are entitled to sue the NISS if subjected to any violations, he further pointed out that, the
intervention of his parliamentary committee will follows if received complaints and grievance from the
detainee’s families. (Source: various daily newspapers)
On the 13th of November 2016, the State Minister of Justice Mrs. Tahani Toor Aldaba denied in a press
statement at the parliament any knowledge of political detainees, despite the fact that the National
Intelligence and Security Service NISS has launched a mass arrest campaign against political leaders and

activists following the government’s declaration of new economic policies that resulted in increase of
the fuel, electricity and medicine prices. (Source: various daily newspapers)
On the 9th of November 2016, the Minister of Information Ahmed Bilal Osman has stated during the
Ministry of Information regular media forum that members of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party
(SCP) were arrested for inciting people to topple the regime following government decision to raise fuel
and electricity price. He further pointed out that the authorities will refer those who are involved in the
incitement against the regime to the court and will release the rest.

 

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