Press release

Sudan Expands Arrests of Political Opposition

Sudanese authorities raided the home of political activist Khalid Omar Yusuf and detained him without charges.

Washington

In response to Sudan’s August 5 arrest of political activist Khalid Omar Yusuf, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The government of Sudan’s systematic intimidation and arrests of political and human rights activists demonstrates its contempt for fundamental freedoms,” said Robert Herman, vice president for international programs. “Undemocratic elections in April have emboldened the government to further silence political opposition. Lacking any valid reason for his detention, the government should immediately release Mr. Yusuf.”

Background:
On August 5, 2015, the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) raided the home of Khalid Omar Yusuf in the Gireif suburb of Khartoum and detained him without charges. Yusuf is the Deputy Chairman for External Affairs of the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP). The NISS forcefully took Mr. Yusuf to an unknown destination without explanation or a proper arrest warrant.

Sudan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015 and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015