ACJPS: Sudan: 9 Victims of Torture Forced to Announce Islam

(30 October 2018) Since 2011, Sudanese government has launched a heavy attack on freedom of religion in Sudan  through prosecution; refer to Article 126 of Sudanese Criminal Act of 1991 on Apostasy, cases married to long detention and torture before presenting a person to court has been a recurring factor from 1968 to 2018. Since 1968, a total of 155 male and female Sudanese have been accused of apostasy.

ACJPS: Sudan charges a female musician for indecent dressing based on a social media post

(25 October 2018) On 18 October 2018 at 3:00pm, 4 policemen from the public order police department raided a car that was carrying a singer, Ms. Muna Majdi Salim. The policemen raided the car while she was waiting for the driver who had stepped out to buy water from a nearby shop in the main street of Khartoum. The policemen arrived in a car with tinted windows and with no number plates. She was taken to a public order police station located in Al-mugran neighborhood of Khartoum. A case was filed against her under Article 152 of Sudanese Criminal Act of 1991 for indecent dressing. She was interrogated about her dressing on 11 October 2018, while she was performing at a Charity party at Sparks City Hall, located in Al-Sahfa neighborhood of Khartoum. She was then shown a photo of what she was allegedly wearing on the said date as published on social media. In the photo, Ms. Muna was wearing trouser and a white long-sleeved blouse. 

The Arab Media Network for Crisis deplores the statements made by the director of the security apparatus to extend freedoms and condemns the continued confiscation of newspapers and the threat of journalists

(10 October 2018) The Arab Media Network for Crisis is concerned about the restrictions on press freedom, freedom of opinion, expression and publication practiced by the Sudanese authorities, represented by the Security and Intelligence Service, the Sudanese Parliament and the Ministry of Culture in various forms, in violation of the Sudanese Constitution and the human rights instruments signed and ratified by the Government of Sudan. With misleading and false statements made by the Director of the Security and Intelligence on the extension of freedoms in the country.

ACJPS: Violations against Immigrants: ACJPS’ Report on Illegal Immigration and the Violations Related to the Rights of Asylum Seekers in Sudan

(October 2018) Before and after the secession of South Sudan in July 2011, Sudan was and still is one of the destinations for illegal immigrants and a crossing point for asylum seekers. Sudan’s common borders with Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya are used as crossing gates for citizens of numerous countries heading to their final destinations in Europe. 10% of those emigrants settle in Sudan, whereas 90% use it as a crossing point.

Amnesty International: Five years later and no justice for 185 protesters shot dead by security forces

(9 October 2018) The Sudanese authorities are yet to bring  to justice a single person for the killing of at least 185 people who were shot either in the head, chest or back by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and the police during the country’s infamous September 2013 protests on the high cost of living, Amnesty International said today in a statement to the UN Human Rights Committee.

Sudan Democracy First Group: Tales of the Tombstones: The Discrimination Against Sudanese Students from Darfur in Sudanese Universities

(1 October 2018) Sudan Democracy First Group releases its latest report that is titled (Tales of the Tombstones: The Discrimination Against Sudanese Students from Darfur in Sudanese Universities). The report researches and documents the extent and nature of the increasing violations against the Sudanese students descending from Darfur region in the Sudanese universities since the outbreak of the armed conflict in the Darfur in 2003.
 
The research report relied on a descriptive analytical approach and collected data through direct interviews with students from the region who had been subjected to abuses and violations, as well as interviews with lawyers and activists who are working in defending the rights of these students. The research team also reviewed the files of fifty-five legal cases before the courts relating to systematic violations against these students.

ACJPS: Sudan Restricts Freedom of Expression

(October 2018) The proposed amendments of the Media and publication law extends restrictions to online media.

On 21 June 2018, Sudanese Ministers Council passed the proposed amendments of the 2009 media and publication law indoors. This makes it easy for the national assembly to pass it since the ruling party (National Congress party) has the majority of members in the Sudanese Parliament.

The amendment focuses on the following areas;

According to article 4 of the law, the media and publication council is granted jurisdiction over newspapers. Under Article 9, the power of the council to approve the licence of online newspapers is extended to include the online media.