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May 27, 2016

Sudanese Government detains Human Rights Activists

May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

The Sudanese government's harassment of Sudanese civil society activists affiliated with the organisation TRACKs for Training and Human Development (TRACKs) has escalated over recent days, according to the African Centre for Justice. According to the Centre, the authorities reactivated dormant charges against two activists, and detained eight staff and affiliates of TRACKs without charges since 22 May. One detainee, TRACKs Director Khalafalla Alafif Mukhtar, suffers from a heart condition and was briefly transferred to the Police Hospital in Khartoum on 25 May before being returned to a cell at the Prosecutor’s office the same day.

Activist Arwa Al-Rabi'

TRACKs, a Khartoum-based organisation that provides training on a variety of topics from information technology to human rights, has been raided twice over the past fourteen months. On 26 March 2015 and again on 29 February 2016, plain-clothed officers from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) raided the TRACKs premises, confiscated electronic equipment and documents, and subjected staff to repeated summonses following the raids. A number of TRACKs’ staff passports were confiscated following the February 2016 raid and have not been returned.


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