News from Khartoum
Doctors Syndicate announces arrests and prosecutions of a number of members
The Sudanese Doctors Syndicate has announced the arrests, prosecutions and security harassment of a number of Sudanese doctors in addition to the arrest of a number of human rights activists, trade unionists and politicians in Sudan. Meanwhile, the Syndicate has sent letters to all International Medical Associations, human rights organizations and the United Nations bodies bringing to their attention the detention of doctors and other demonstrators in the country.
The Syndicate denounced the campaign of arrests, prosecutions, and harassment of doctors since the eruption of recent demonstrations in Sudan. The Syndicate stressed in a statement published on the website of Al Tahreer newspaper that it is not afraid of the policy of arrests which will not dissuade them from solidarity with the demonstrations based on their firm principled positions.
The Syndicate demanded the release of all the detainees and held the security authorities fully responsible for the health of the detainees. It affirmed that the arrest of the doctors was an incentive to work continuously with all sections of the people to get rid of the regime in power for three decades.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights recognizes in Article 21 the right to peaceful assembly: the right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order, the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.