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Security forces in Sudan torture high school demonstrators

(ANHRI/IFEX) - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns Sudanese security forces for arresting demonstrators on 8 November, 2012.

Security bodies arrested a number of students in the Emtedad neighborhood in Nyala city. They tortured, threw acid, and beat some detainees, leaving serious traces on their bodies.

The security bodies threatened to kill the detainees' relatives if they filed charges against them. One security officer said that only God could hold them accountable.

The security forces blamed the leaking of private security documents on the students to justify their arrests and torture. The main reason for their arrest, however, was that the students sparked the Darfur protests on 31 July. Many people joined them, making it one of the biggest protests that Darfur had witnessed. They demonstrated against the increase in prices, worsening economic conditions, and demanding the overthrow of the regime.

Some of the detainees and tortured individuals include:

1. Abu Kassim Mohamed Ismail
2. Mohamed El-Fath Mohamed Adam
3. Ayed Abdullah Ahmad
4. Nizar Alfrea
5. Mohammad Billeh Mohamed
6. Ahmed Awad
7. Ammar Abdullah Teeyrab

ANHRI said that the security bodies can't continue to use this approach when dealing with protesters, as it is not acceptable after the Arab spring. ANHRI added that the regime can't be isolated from the demands of its people, the right to expression and demonstrations.

ANHRI rejects the repression and assassination of demonstrators, in addition to threats against the protestors' relatives if they file reports.

ANHRI calls for the opening of an immediate investigation, to hold those responsible accountable and ensure justice.

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