Sudanese Crackdown on Civil Society Stifles Dissent ahead of Elections

Washington

In response to the Sudanese government’s continued crackdown on civil society organizations, including the recent forced closure of the Mahmoud Mohamed Taha Cultural Centre, Freedom House issued the following statement: 

“The harassment and closures of civil society organizations in Sudan is clearly part of President Bashir’s strategy to stifle dissenting voices ahead of national elections in April,” said Vukasin Petrovic, regional director for Africa. “The government’s actions highlight its unwillingness to allow for free and fair elections and permit citizens to engage in genuine political dialogue.”  

Sudan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2014

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