News from Sudan
The Council of Ministers, headed by Acting-Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mr Othman Hussein Othman, issued a decision to dissolve the Steering Committee of the Sudanese Red Crescent Association, which was formed under Resolution No. (197) for the year 2020.
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.
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.
Since the army coup last October, lawyers have reported multiple violations against demonstrators in Khartoum, including rape, enforced disappearance, and arrests, in addition to physical attacks. During a press conference held at the Doctors House, the group (United Against Violations) stated that the number of rape cases had reached 30. Four cases were reported, while the remaining cases were not opened for fear of social stigma. Enforced disappearances amounted to 33 cases, with a total of 5 thousand detainees. Noting that violations occur prior to, during, and after demonstrations, the group announced the creation of a platform to broadcast information about the violations.
The security authorities confronted the (peaceful coexistence) processions called for by the resistance committees in Khartoum, with excessive violence and arrests.