Press Statement on Sudan


Kampala: EHAHRD is concerned over the increasing harassment of human rights defenders and general human rights situation in Sudan

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network [EHAHRD-Net] is deeply concerned by the unending reports of mistreatment of human rights defenders in Sudan. EHAHRD-Net strongly condemns this repression and calls on the Khartoum government to abide by its international and national responsibilities to protect the rights of human rights defenders.

The government of Sudan should release the protesters including journalists who continue to be detained by the National Intelligence and Security Services. While demonstrating against the government imposed price increase, the Youth for 30 January Change Alliance called on President Omar al-Bashir to revoke measures imposed to combat the economic effects of South Sudan’s secession. The upraising that was sparked by the protests that have recently taken place in Egypt and Tunisia comprised thousands of Sudanese students and their supporters gathered in Khartoum and other northern cities on January 30 and 31.
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The use of water pipes, sticks and teargas by the dispatched armed riot police in response to the demonstrations was uncalled for.
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With the demonstrations going into the second week, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) treatment of the detained protesters worsened through deprivation of sleep and use of electric shocks. Click here to read the full release.


Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.