21 Darfur displaced now detained for four months without trial

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21 residents of Sortony camp for the displaced in Kabkabiya, North Darfur, who were detained four months ago, are still being held.

El Shafee Abdallah, the coordinator of Central Darfur camps, told Radio Dabanga that on August 12, a joint force of Rapid Support Force (RSF) militiamen and a breakaway rebel group led by El Sadig Fakka detained 21 displaced people and moved them to the notorious Shala prison in El Fasher. The detainees include three teachers and five secondary school students, who have not been charged or brought to trial so far.

The detainees are accused of being affiliated with the Sudan Liberation Movement under the leadership of Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW).

El Sadig Fakka group consists of a number of rebel combatants who recently split from the SLM-AW, the camp sheikh explained. “We think they wanted to prove their loyalty to the authorities by accusing the displaced in Sortony of supporting the rebels.”

He called on the authorities to release them or bring them to a fair trial.