ACJPS: Darfur Region: NISS targets peaceful protesters with arbitrary arrests and prolonged detention

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(5 April 2019) Since the last week of March 2019, the National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) of Darfur region has launched a campaign of arrest, targeting political and civil activists for actual or suspected participation in the ongoing anti-government protests. The campaign followed the protests of 28 March 2019 announced by Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) across Sudan, where several peaceful protesters were detained by NISS. Reliable information indicates that more than 41 protests broke out across Sudan following the announcement by SPA.

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ACJPS: Sudan Protests: NISS introduces a new tactic targeting chief-editors after lifting censorship against four newspapers

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(4 April 2019) On 17 March 2019, the National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) lifted a pre-publication censorship imposed on Algareeda, Albaath, Al Maidan and Akhbar Al-Watan newspapers between 20 December 2018 and 11 March 2019. The censorship was lifted after NISS introduced new measures to restrict the media including, a pledge by the chief editors to remain fully responsible for actions of the newspaper under the jurisdiction of the emergency decree announced by President Omar al-Bashir on 25 February 2019. The decree imposes restrictions on the media by prohibiting publication of news that “harms the state or citizens, or calls for undermining the constitutional system”.

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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.

13 Civil Society Organisations Call For Strong IGAD Response to Uprising in Sudan

(1 March 2019) We, the undersigned African civil society organisations, write to express our concern about the deteriorating situation in Sudan. Nationwide peaceful protests against 30 years of oppression and the present day economic crisis have been met with government-sponsored violence and a failure to engage substantively with any of the protests and demands of the protesters. In a worrying escalation this week, President Bashir declared a year-long state of emergency, dissolved both the federal and regional governments, and appointed members of the military and security forces to regional governorships. These actions suggest that the authorities are preparing the groundwork for greater repression and impunity: as protests continued this week, new arrests of political figures and journalists who criticised the emergency declaration only underline this concern. Yet despite all this, Sudanese civilians and activists continue to call for democracy, good governance and human rights, values which IGAD has committed to promote.

Sudan Doctor’s Syndicate: Violations Associated with the Announcement of the State of Emergency in Sudan

(27 February 2019) On the evening of Friday 22 February 2019, the Sudanese President Omer Al Bashir announced a year long state of emergency in the whole of the country, with immediate effect. In addition, Al Bashir dissolved the cabinet and appointed a new government, mostly comprised of military personnel. As expected, a swift new wave of violations ensued. 

HUDO: Hafiz Osman Summoned by NISS in Roseires – Sudan

(18 February 2019) On 11 February 2019, NISS in Roseires summoned Mr. Hafiz Osman, interrogated him about the phrase/slogan written on walls and released him after. 

On 11 February 2019, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Roseires Town of Blue Nile State summoned Mr. Hafiz Osman Siid-Ahmed to their office. Mr. Hafiz was questioned for five hours about the fact that the phrase “just topple the regime” was written on many houses in his neighborhood.