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Commissioner for Human Rights decries detention of 3 opposition leaders in Sudan


United Nations- The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has decried the pattern of detentions and prosecutions of political opposition in recent months in Sudan.
A statement issued by the OHCHR in New York on Friday said that the detentions and prosecutions were aimed at silencing opposition from criticising the policies of the ruling party.
It stated that the most recent high-profile case involved the arrest and detention on Dec. 6 of two prominent public figures in Khartoum.
They were Dr Amin Medani, a human rights defender and former UN Human Rights Office Regional Representative for the Arab Region, and Dr Farouk Issa, leader of the National Consensus Forum.
It added that Dr Farah Alagar, was also believed to have been arrested on Dec. 7.
It called for their immediate release in the absence of valid legal charges against them or bring them before a judge to a trial.
The statement stated that Sudan government was required by its international human rights obligations to inform them why they were arrested through an arrest warrant.
According to the statement, this is to guarantee their safety and whereabouts, so that family members and legal counsel can have access to them.
It urged the government to desist from harassing and prosecuting political activists, human rights defenders and other public commentators for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and opinion.(NAN)

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