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Renewed Attacks on Civilians in Darfur

Activists Detained, Protester Killed

(Nairobi, March 21, 2014) – Sudan’s government has renewed ground and air attacks on civilians in villages in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has also cracked down on students in Khartoum peacefully protesting the violence in Darfur, resulting in the death of one and the detention of many protesters and activists.

The government should immediately end attacks on civilians in Darfur, and release protesters and activists arbitrarily arrested during the past week.

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Egypt/Sudan: A Call to End Torture of Refugees

At UN, 24 Countries Seek Investigation

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Sudan President in DR Congo

Bashir Faces ICC Warrant for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity

(Kinshasa, February 25, 2014) – President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo today for a conference of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Congolese media reported. Bashir faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur, in Sudan.

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"I Wanted to Lie Down and Die": Trafficking and Torture of Eritreans in Sudan and Egypt

Egypt Should Use Sinai Security Operations to Suppress Trafficking

(Berlin) - Traffickers have kidnapped, tortured, and killed refugees, most from Eritrea, in eastern Sudan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to dozens of interviewees said Human Rights Watch. Egypt and Sudan have failed to adequately identify and prosecute the traffickers and any security officials who may have colluded with them, breaching both countries’ obligation to prevent torture.

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Drop Detention Policy in Disguise

Officials Detain Sudanese, Eritreans in Defiance of High Court Order

(Tel Aviv, December 18, 2013) – Israeli authorities are effectively detaining hundreds of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers despite an Israeli High Court order for their release, Human Rights Watch said today. More than 150 of the migrants ignored the rules restricting their mobility and walked out of what they called an “open prison” in the Negev desert to march toward Jerusalem in protest. On December 17, 2013, they gathered outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, where police apprehended them.

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Dozens Held Without Charge

African Commission Should Investigate Alleged Torture and Ill-Treatment

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Urgent Fact-Finding Mission needed to investigate killings and detention by security forces in Sudan

The undersigned organisations are writing to you to express our deep concern at the lack of action or public comments made by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the African Union (AU) concerning recent events in Sudan, including the deaths of at least 170 protestors and the detention of over 800 others, and restrictions on the media. The gravity of the situation requires a swift and concerted response from the ACHPR.   

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Dozens Killed During Protests

(Nairobi, September 27, 2013) – Sudan’s security forces have been implicated in killing dozens of protesters following demonstrations over the past week, Human Rights Watch said today. The security forces have detained numerous protesters and opposition party members.

“Repression is not the answer to Sudan’s political and economic problems,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Sudan’s authorities need to rein in the security forces and make it clear that using excessive force is not allowed.”

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Renewal and strengthening of the special procedure mandate on the situation of human rights in Sudan, UN Human Rights Council 24th session (9-27 September 2013)

Excellency,

The undersigned organisations are writing to urge your delegation to ensure that serious and widespread violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Sudan are adequately addressed by the Human Rights Council during its 24th session.

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UN Human Rights Council: Strengthen Sudan Monitoring

(Geneva, September 9, 2013) – The UN Human Rights Council should extend and strengthen the mandate of the independent expert on the human rights situation in Sudan, a group of 20 international organizations urged in a letter to diplomats released today at the opening of the council’s 24th session.

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New Pressure on Asylum Seekers to Leave

For Eritreans, Sudanese, More Threats of Prolonged Detention

(Tel Aviv, July 15, 2013) – Israeli authorities are using new procedures to pressure at least 1,400 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers, some detained for over a year, to return to their countries, Human Rights Watch said today. Under international law, asylum seekers should be detained only in exceptional circumstances, their claims should be fairly examined and they should never be forced or pressured to return to a country where they face a serious risk of persecution.

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Wave of Arrests After Rebel Offensive

Release or Charge Detainees; Reveal Whereabouts

(Nairobi) – Sudan is illegally detaining at least seven Darfuri and Nuba civilians accused of supporting a coalition of Sudanese rebel groups, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Sudan: New Law Allows Military Trials of Civilians

Repeal Amendments to Armed Forces Law

(Nairobi July 9, 2013) – New amendments to Sudan’s Armed Forces Act that allow prosecution of civilians in military courts are contrary to international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) said today.

President Omar al-Bashir should not sign the amendments into law but instead should return the measure to parliament to revise consistent with Sudan’s international legal obligations.

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Press Conference to Launch Non-Governmental Organizations Reports on Sudan

Bolder action was needed on the part of the international community — and the Security Council in particular — to end political and ethnic violence that had been on the rise in Sudan since the South declared independence nearly two years ago, said representatives of several non-governmental organizations as they introduced their reports on the matter at a Headquarters press conference today.

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Satellite Images Confirm Villages Destroyed

ICC Suspect Involved In Attacks Remains At-Large

(Nairobi, June 19, 2013) – Satellite images confirm the wholesale destruction of villages in Central Darfur in an attack in April 2013 by a militia leader sought by the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Stepped-Up Assault on Media Freedom

Newspapers, Other Media Censored, Confiscated, Shut Down

(Nairobi) – Sudan should immediately stop censoring newspapers and end all forms of repression of media and journalists, on World Press Freedom Day.

In recent weeks, authorities have stepped up censorship of print media. Authorities at the National Telecommunications Corporation also block access to the websites of the opposition online newspaper Hurriyat and the popular forum Sudanese Online.

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Despite Pledge, Many Political Prisoners Remain

Charge or Release All Detainees, Reform Repressive Security Laws

(Nairobi, April 22, 2013) – Sudan has released 24 civilian political prisoners following president Omar al-Bashir’s recent pledge to “free all political detainees,” but at least 100 remain, Human Rights Watch, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, and the Human Rights and Development Organization (HUDO) said today. The remaining political prisoners, most from the country’s conflict-hit peripheries, should also be released, the groups said.

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Chad: Don’t Welcome Back Al-Bashir

Sudanese President Should be Arrested on Arrival

(New York) – The government of Chad should arrest President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan or bar him entry to the country.

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Tchad : Il ne faut pas accueillir Omar el-Béchir

Le président soudanais devrait être arrêté à son arrivée

(New York, le 9 avril 2013) - Le gouvernement tchadien devrait arrêter le Président du Soudan Omar el-Béchir ou lui interdire l’entrée au Tchad, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui.

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