News from Khartoum
African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies concerned over arbitrary arrest, banning travel of activists
The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies in a statement published in Alrakoba website on 4 June 2018 expressed concern over arbitrary detentions during the months of February and March 2018 and the travel ban imposed on activists. The statement said the Centre had been monitoring arbitrary detentions and ill-treatment of detainees and their deprivation from necessary attention. In the same vein, the Centre documented travel ban imposed on three activists and two more were arbitrarily detained. Some students who had been released on bail were again detained. The Centre has also monitored and followed up the release of some detainees and impact caused due to their detention besides those who are still in arbitrary detention.
The statement which was published in Alrakoba also documented three cases of travel ban imposed on a political activist and another academician without giving reasons for preventing them from leaving the country. One activist Mr. Mohamed Abdallah Al Doma was traveling to see his doctor and another was leaving the country to take part in a meeting of Sudan Call Forces. Regarding arbitrary detentions during February and March, the report documented detention of about four Communist Party members from the party’s headquarters in Khartoum II on 13 March 2018 who were subsequently released at different times. On 25 March five members of the opposition alliance were detained while holding a meeting at the communist party’s headquarters in the town of Al Obeid in north Kordofan. On 23 March the Congress Party leading figure Mr. Khalid Omer was detained from his house and subsequently freed. The statement indicated the detention of eight university students on 23 February. According to the report, some detainees were released and others detained again. Two journalists were released late in February without charges; they were detained while covering protests of 16 June. It is to be noted that Article (9) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides:” No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”.