Sudan: Abduction, Torture of Activists Call for Investigation

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Activists and volunteers helping out in shelter centres in Sudan are being unjustly detained and tortured by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and this needs to be addressed urgently.

Development Diaries reports that a lawyer, Salah El Tayeb, has been tortured to death after being abducted by armed men from his house.

We understand that El Tayeb and one of the Sudanese Congress Party’s (SCP) cadres in El Gezira fell victims last week.

El Tayeb was detained last month by ‘the Islamists who have the armed forces in their grip’, the SCP said in a statement.

In its recount of the incident, the Darfur Bar Association (DBA) and partners reported that El Tayeb was held from his house ‘after blindfolding him and thrown into a vehicle loaded with men equipped with weapons and pointed sticks’.

‘A number of El Azazi youth were detained together with him. Some of them were later released and said that Salah was beaten up until his clothes were soaked in blood and he lost’.

The DBA stated that SAF and security officers conveyed to his family that he died as a result of being exposed to insect bites and was buried outside El Azazi.

Civilian torture cannot continue as the RSF and SAF take turns violating critical international laws that ensure the protection and safety of civilians.

Earlier, we reported that journalists were being targeted by both the SAF and RSF. It is clear that they have both now included those providing support to those affected by the ongoing war as their target.

Development Diaries reiterate its call to all parties to the war in Sudan to respect the rights of all citizens of the country and ensure they remain unharmed as the war rages on.

We also urge the authorities in the country to ensure proper investigations are carried out and those responsible for the demise of El Tayeb face the law.

Source: Dabanga

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