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Sudanese social media activist harassed in Egypt

A Sudanese activist living in Cairo has been harassed by the Egyptian Security in an attempt to make him stop his writings on social media that are considered hostile to the government of President Omar Al Bashir. The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North faction that is led by Malik Agar (SPLM-N Agar) released a statement on Thursday about the situation of Dahia Sarir Tutu. “At the request of the Sudanese government, the Egyptian authorities summoned Dahia Sarir Tutu and asked him to stop from writing against the Sudanese regime, and warned him of the consequences if he does ensue. Tutu is from the Nuba Mountains in Kordofan, where armed conflict broke out in June 2011. He is known for regularly writing articles in which he denounces oppression and corruption that takes place in Sudan. Tutu does so, on various social media outlets and his personal Face book page.

On Thursday, he released a short text on his Face book page, saying that he was subjected to threats and was asked to stop writing negatively about the Sudanese government. Tutu did not identify who threatened him. “My humanitarian and political situation in Egypt is very dangerous. If any harm happens to me, my children, or anything else, then you should know that the Sudanese government is behind it,” he said. Last July, the Egyptian authorities banned Sarah Nugdallah, secretary-general of the National Umma Party from entering, against the backdrop of a meeting of the Sudan Call opposition alliance which she planned to attend.

Freedom of expression in any form, written in newspapers or electronic media, social media, strikes, demonstrations, talking to TV channels, or the dissemination of video on social sites is considered as one of the rights stipulated in the international conventions, as well as on the Interim Constitution of Sudan of 2005, which provides for freedom of expression, Publications and access to the press as well as freedom of the press and other media. The arrest of the activist Ahmad El Dei is a clear violation of human rights and non-compliance with international conventions and Sudan’s interim constitution of 2005.