News from Khartoum
National Intelligence and Security Services Arrest Activist Supporting Wad Galiba Protest
On Sunday 24th of June 2018, Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested political activists in addition to many citizens during a demonstration protest conducted by the family of Sudanese activist Hisham Mohamed Ali, also known as Wad Galiba, who has been arrested by the authorities. The protest took place in front of National Intelligence and Security Services’ Information Office. The protesters demanded the release of activist Wad Galiba who was arrested by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia authorities based upon a request made by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services; he was then extradited to Khartoum.
A large number of activists and politicians took part in the protest and demanded the release of the activist as well as allowing his family to visit him, yet security forces stopped the protest and arrested the following: Samira Abbas, Dr. Jalal Mustafa, Mohamed Mutasim Kabbashi, Muhanned Mutasim Kabbashi, Mouaed Mutasim Kabbashi (all of which are cousins of Wad Galiba), in addition to Abdelaziz Sharf-Aldeen Al-Araki (the uncle of Wad Galiba).
Despite the constant prohibition of protests and demonstrations by the authorities, the Interim Sudanese Constitution, 2005 states in Article 40-1: “The right to peaceful assembly shall be guaranteed; every person shall have the right to freedom of association with others, including the right to form or join political parties, associations and trade or professional unions for the protection of his interests.”