Endangered Scholars Worldwide is gravely concerned about the ongoing violence in Khartoum

May 18, 2016


Endangered Scholars Worldwide is gravely concerns for the safety of 12 Sudanese student activists detained without charges after protests in Khartoum university.


The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested 10 activists on May 5th, on the office of a prominent human rights lawyer while they were in a meeting, The Middle East Online reported. Two other student also were detained on May 7th in a village outside Khartoum.


Students from the University of Khartoum have held near daily protests in the past few weeks demanding the release of fellow pupils detained at previous demonstrations.


"There are serious concerns for the safety of the students who have been denied access to their families and lawyers," said a joint statement by the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS).


Urging the Sudanese authorities to release them, the organizations said the 12 activists were being "detained incommunicado and without charges by NISS".


Those detained had been recently dismissed or suspended from studies at the University of Khartoum following protests on the campus, the statement said.


Prior to the arrests of the 12 activists, three other students had also been detained and accused of attacking a police officer during a protest at the university, the rights groups said.


In April 2016, two students were killed while they were holding protests.

Endangered Scholars Worldwide respectfully urges the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation and immediately arrested students. 


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