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University of Khartoum sacks Dean over participation in vigil

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum last week issued a decision dismissing Dr. Mohamed Abdalla the Dean of the Faculty of Sport Sciences, without giving any reasons for his decision. The Dean said the decision of his removal was brief, with no reasons mentioned.

Dr. Mohamed Abdallah was one of those who have taken part in the vigil called by the University of Khartoum’s Professors to protest government’s use of excessive violence and killing of demonstrators, and he was detained with a number of other Professors of the University. Dr. Mohamed was also a member of the initiative launched by the Professors which called for dissolving of the current government and forming a transitional government to prepare the country for elections.

Dr. Mohamed has denied that he was dismissed because of unsatisfactory professional performance because the University was closed due to the eruption of demonstrations since a month. “I have no differences with any of the University staff members, not even with the Vice Chancellor,” he said in statement. A source said it was likely that other Deans who have participated in the University initiative would also be dismissed.

The above measures contravene Article 40 of the Interim Constitution of the Sudan 2005 which states: 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/her interests. These provisions are clear and unequivocal in guaranteeing, safeguarding and protecting the right to peaceful assembly and other rights associated with it, and the right to expression, sit-in and demonstration.

Source; Altaghyeer, Sudantimes