ACJPS: 51 detainees released, hundreds remain in custody as President Bashir declares a national state of emergency

(5 March 2019)ACJPS has received information indicating that National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has released 51 detainees arrested for their actual or suspected involvement in the popular protests in Sudan. Those released include 14 journalists, 16 human rights defenders, 14 political activists, 2 doctors and 5 students. They were detained in various prisons since protests broke out on 19 December 2018 across Sudan. 

ACJPS: Darfur, 10 years after Al-Bashir’s indictment: Will the international community continue failing victims?

(4 March 2019) Ten years ago today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a historic first arrest warrant against Omar Al-Bashir, sitting President of Sudan, for his alleged responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, a region that has been in conflict since 2003. At the time, the scale and gravity of the crimes had prompted the international community’s commitment to hold those responsible accountable by the Security Council referring, for the first time, the situation to the Prosecutor of the ICC. Over the past ten years, however, there has been nothing but lost opportunities for victims to obtain truth, justice and reparation, while the individuals suspected of bearing the most responsibility of the gravest crimes committed in Darfur are getting off scot-free.

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. 

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.