ACJPS/FIDH joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council

(26 September 2018) FIDH and its member organisation, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) thank the Independent Expert for his report and share his concerns that serious human rights challenges are yet to be addressed by the Sudanese government.

Dissenting voices such as those who peacefully protested against high inflation and austerity measures in early 2018 were met with unlawful use of excessive force by government security forces. At least 200 individuals were arrested on January 16th and 17th by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) – including human rights defenders and journalists arrested from their home or office and held incommunicado for more than 3 months; while media coverage were seized and journalists targeted for reporting on the protest.