Sudan Raids Human Rights Organization
Following a raid on the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) during a human rights monitoring workshop, the arrest of journalist Mohammed Al-Fateh, and confiscation of documents and computers, Freedom House released the following statement:
“The National Intelligence and Security Services’ raid on the Sudan Human Rights Monitor is part of the escalating crackdown on civil society organizations,” said Jenai Cox, program manager for Africa programs at Freedom House. “The raid follows the arrest two weeks ago of SHRM’s president, Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, and highlights the tightening restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly – restrictions used to silence dissent against the ruling party. The government of Sudan should guarantee the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the 2005 Interim National Constitution and adhere to its obligations under international human rights law.”
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