News from Sudan
Overall civic space in Sudan remains REPRESSED, however unlike the slow and steady decline witnessed over previous quarters the decline during the first quarter of 2022 was significant. Rights of association and assembly were hardest hit with continued enforcement of the state of emergency and the violent response of authorities to peaceful protests calling for a return to civilian rule following the military coup of 25 October 2021. Rights of freedom of expression and access to information has also deteriorated significantly with journalists being targeted and harassed by authorities and official news agencies such as Al-Jazeera Mubashir having their licenses revoked for their active coverage of the protests.
This comes as the second report produced by the Rights for Peace organization on the situation on Sudan and draws draws upon common links between the violence against the pro-democracy movement and the atrocities in regions like Darfur, including racism, and discrimination,
The designated Wali of Khartoum, Professor Ahmed Othman Hamza, was presented to the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Professor Khaled Abdel Rahim Ahmed Othman, at the outset of his assignment with priorities consistent with the state government's approach for the coming period.
The director of the Combating Violence against Women's Unit (a unit in the Ministry of Social Development) was interrogated by the the Prosecutor General of Crimes Against the State, on issues related to sexual violence against women during protests.
Overall civic space remained Repressed and unchanged in Q3 2021 compared to Q2 of 2021.