Khartoum 23/04/2018 – The Independent Expert on the Human Rights situation in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, called on the Sudanese government to repeal the emergency laws in Darfur and to ensure the speedy prosecution of detainees there. He also called on the government to lift restrictions on the freedom of speech and to allow peaceful demonstration.
At the end of his visit to Sudan, he said there were 117 detainees, including women in Shala federal prison under emergency laws. He expressed his concern over 56 of those sentenced to death who needed protection and called on the international community to address their cause as a pressing issue, urging the government to stop executions.
Nononsi stressed the need to stop prolonged and illegal detention by the national security, to silence human rights defenders, journalists and political activists.
Urging the Government to comply with its International Human Rights obligations through effective measures, reforming its existing legal framework and addressing the serious institutional flaws in the system of security and justice in a coordinated manner to promote respect for the rule of law and the protection of human rights.