Sudan: New Arrests, Raids against Students, Human Rights Lawyer

Washington

In response to Sudanese security forces raiding the office of human rights lawyer Nabil Adib and forcibly arresting eight students, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The attacks on Nabil Adib and the students are part of the government’s long-running assault on human rights defenders,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs. “The government seems determined to harass and arrest anyone who dares to criticize it. The government of Sudan should immediately disclose the whereabouts of the eight students and either release them or charge them with a recognizable criminal offense.”

Background:

On May 5, 2016, a group of heavily armed National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) officers raided the office of human rights lawyer Nabil Adib in Khartoum without a warrant. They also arrested eight students recently expelled from the University of Khartoum following anti-government protests there. The students were at the office seeking legal assistance from Nabil Adib to challenge their expulsion. NISS agents confiscated files from Adib’s office, including those on the students' case. The whereabouts of the eight students remain unknown.

Sudan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2015

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