Human Rights Update: December 2014 – January 2015

During the months of December 2014 and January 2015, Southern Kordofan (SK) saw a significant increase in the number of bombings and shellings, indicating that the dry season offensive continues to escalate. The number of bombings in December was almost double the number recorded in November, and in January the number increased further. Although the number of attacks was less than the number in the same months a year ago, the number of casualties was higher. The number of deaths more than tripled between November 2014 and January 2015, and in January 2015 alone the number of injuries reached the highest level since the monitoring began.

Not only have the attacks been severe in the number of casualties that they have produced, they have also caused significant property damage, with 49 animals reported killed and dozens of houses destroyed.

Sudan Human Rights Monitor Issue 27: December 2014 – January 2015

The Monitoring Report provides a detailed account of human rights violations documented by the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) including a rise in freedom of expression, association, and assembly violations in January 2015. Press censorship continued and restrictions on independent civil society surged. The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) raided the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor in late December and the Registrar of Cultural Groups ordered the closures of the Mahmoud Mohamed Taha Centre and the Sudanese Writers’ Union in January. The monitoring report also covers incidents of arbitrary arrest and excessive use of force against students at Red Sea University in Port Sudan, Kassala University in Kassala, and at the University of Bahri in Khartoum.