News from Sudan
Since the October 2021 coup, violations of civic freedoms have been rampant, with 117 protesters killed. Others have been subjected to detention, sexual violence, and torture. Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the October 25th coup, CIVICUS has released a new research brief on violations of civic freedoms that occurred during and after the coup.
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.
The police arrested three leaders of the Teachers Syndicate in the White Nile State, and they were imprisoned before being released on the normal guarantee after a report was filed against them. The union confirmed that the measures taken against them were due to their refusal to hand them over the union's assets to an unknown party that is not recognized by the teachers.
The security authorities prevented the establishment of a festive event for one of the civil administrations in Khartoum. According to the rationale of the decision, it came as a precaution against the occurrence of security chaos against the backdrop of tribal conflicts that the region witnessed in the past few days.
The Secretary General of the Tax Bureau issued a decision banning the practice of any union activity within the Bureau. In a statement which was circulated to all branches of the states, the bureau states that the decision came after observing the movement of individuals and entities in offices, departments, and centers to collect signatures to demand the rights of workers. The Secretary-General of the Court had issued a decision last May, in which he considered union work to be political activity.