News from Sudan
Overall civic space remained REPRESSED but also declined across all the four pillars of civic space. Rights of Association and Assembly continue to lead the decline in civic space followed by Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Citizen Participation and Non-Discrimination/Inclusion.
In the month of September 2022, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) documented several incidents during which Sudanese authorities tried to interfere with the exercise of media freedom and free expression. During the course of their work, journalists have been attacked and/or judicially harassed on several occasions. ACJPS also documents the election of members of the Sudanese Journalist Association in August 2022 in this brief.
African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) expresses deep concern over the continued targeting of Sudanese citizens by authorities for their online activities. ACJPS has documented another incident where a human rights defender was arrested, tortured, and later charged with defamation under article 159 of the Sudanese Penal code.
The security authorities confronted the (peaceful coexistence) processions called for by the resistance committees in Khartoum, with excessive violence and arrests.
Political activist Hiyam Yusef was arrested and taken to an unknown location.