STATEMENT ON ARBITRARY ARRESTS AND DETENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN SUDAN

The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) condemn Sudanese Authorities aggressive reaction to the protests against dire economic and social conditions, social injustices and widespread corruption. ANND and AOHR call for the immediate release of all the political detainees and urges Sudan to respect the fundamental freedom and human Rights namely the freedom of peaceful assembly and expression and to conduct impartial and independent investigation of all violations that took place.

Today, both organizations learned the worrying news about the raid of National Civic Forum and the arrest of its Secretary General Dr Hassan Abdel Ati. Dr. Abdel Ati and his colleagues, as leaders of the civil movement were detained following the wave of arrests carried out by the Security Services since yesterday evening which reached more than 400 activists, human rights defenders and political opponents.

The uprising of the Sudanese people, which began almost two weeks ago, came in response to the harsh economic measures adopted by the regime following the requirements of the international financial institutions. There were other measures that Sudan could have opted for, including measures to end corruption and waste of human, natural and financial resources, rather than these austerity measures that came on the account of people. On the other hand, whereas the president's move to amend the constitution allowed him to extend a third term; protesters’ called for him to step down as well.

The excessive use of force by the security forces, arbitrary arrests and detention are flagrant violations of the Human Rights mainly the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly in addition to the other violations that the regime has practiced throughout its rule, such as the right to live in dignity, political and civic participation. These developments pose further threat to stability in Sudan; a country that has suffered internal armed conflicts, wars and secession. Urgent action to put an end to these practices is needed, and must be accompanied with conditions for the peaceful transfer of power that will restore security, stability and normal political life.

The Arab NGO Network for Development, along with its members in 12 Arab countries and partners all around the globe and the Arab Organization for Human Rights call on the international community to immediately intervene to put an end to the tragedy of the Sudanese people and demand the release of all arbitrarily detained and for immediate and impartial investigations for all cases of killings of protesters to end impunity for perpetrators.

Furthermore, ANND and AOHR call the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan to request permission from the Sudanese authorities and undertake an in loco visit for further fact-finding and to issue a report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and international public opinion conveying the truth as soon as possible.

 In solidarity with Sudanese human rights defenders and activists

Glory to the martyrs of Sudanese people uprising

Signatories

1.       Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)

2.       Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR)

3.       Arab Institute for human Rights

4.       Arab Network for Democratic Elections

5.       Political Women Forum in the Arab Region

6.       Right to Water Forum in the Arab Region

7.       Arab Forum for People with Disability

8.       Disabled People International (Arab Chapter)

9.       Arab world Democracy and Electoral Monitor

10.   Arab Woman Network (ROAA)

11.   Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC)

12.   Third World Network

13.   Social Watch

14.   Global Policy Forum

15.   Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)

16.   Society for International development (SID)

17.   Civicus

18.   Region Refocus (USA-NYC)

19.   GNDEM: Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors

20.   National Election Watch

21.   WAEON: West Africa Election Observers Network

22.   ENEMO: European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations

23.   ENAR: Election Network in the Arab World

24.   MOE: Misión de Observación Electoral, Colombia

25.   MESN: Malawi Electoral Support Network

26.   ELOG - Election Observation Group- Kenya

27.   ANFREL: Asian Network for Free Elections

28.   ZESN: Zimbabwe Election Support Network

29.   Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights

30.   Mourakiboun - Tunis

31.   Jordanian Woman Union

32.   Phoenix Center – Jordan

33.   Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights- Jordan

34.   Arab Renaissance for Democracy &Development-(ARDD) –Jordan

35.   Arab Women Organization of Jordan

36.   Human Forum for Women's Rights – Jordan

37.   Adalah Center for Human Rights Studies - Jordan

38.   Strategy Center for human Rights Training - Jordan

39.   Rasheed (Transparency International)- Jordan

40.   Bahrain Transparency Association

41.   Economist Association (Oman)

42.   Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE)

43.   KAFA (Lebanon)

44.   Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disability (LUPPD)

45.   NGOs Platform of Saida (Lebanon)

46.   The Lebanese Council to Resist Violence Against woman

47.   Coordination Forum of the NGO working with Palestinian Community in Lebanon

48.   Palestinian Human Rights Organisation (PHRO)

49.   Women's Studies Centre - Palestine

50.   Forum Maroccain des Alternatives – FMAS

51.   Collective Association for  Elections Observation – Marocco

52.   Yemeni Democracy Watch

53.   Iraqi Al Amal Association

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