News from Sudan
A human rights body announced the emergence of an extremist group in the Blue Nile region, which prevents women from working, holds trials for them, imposes flogging on them, and then sends them back to their homes.
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.