Coup authorities put de-empowerment committee detainees in “solitary confinement” and hundreds hold vigil for their release

Al-Yurae- Hundreds of Sudanese staged a vigil demanding the release of political prisoners in the country.

The vigil was held in front of the public prosecutor’s office in the capital Khartoum, at the invitation of the families of the detainees,
The protesters carried pictures of a number of political detainees and banners reading: “Release the detainees”.

On the other hand, a member of the Committee of Doctors of Sudan Central and the gathering of Sudanese professionals detained for (21) days in Soba prison, Dr. Muhannad Mohammed Hamed, said the status of the Minister of Cabinet Affairs in the government of Dr. Abdullah Hamdok Khaled Yusuf, former Member of the Sovereign Council Mohammed Al-Faki Suleiman, the rapporteur of the Committee for the Removal of the former regime affilate during its Empowerment and Wajdi Saleh, and the Secretary General of the Committee Tayeb Osman, Lt. Col. Abdullah and lawyer Awad Karndis are in “solitary confinement” since the date of their arrest amid strict measures that prevented the rest of the detainees to talk to them.

Dr. Muhannad Hamed pointed out in an interview with (Al-Jareeda) newspaper that the prison authorities allocated to the group of (6) people a whole section known as the section (8).

He revealed that he sat with the Disempowerment Committee group with UN Human Rights Envoy Adama Diang during his visit to the prison and explained all violations that had occurred from the method of detention and the prohibition of visits or the use of telephones.
He pointed out that the prison authorities arrested them now for more than 30 days with (30)with activist aged 17 years and a number of non-Sudanese nationalities some released after the visit of the UN envoy

Among the most prominent detainees are members of the “De-Empowerment Committee”, whose photographs were raised in the protest: former member of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, alternate chairman Mohammed al-Fakki Suleiman, its rapporteur Wajdi Saleh, its Secretary General Tayeb Osman, and The Minister of Prime Minister Khaled Omar Yusuf.

On December 10, 2019, army commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan with the civilian part in government issued a decision to set up a de-empowerment committee to “end the control of the symbols of the regime of deposed President Omar al-Bashir (1989 2019) on the joints of the state, fight corruption, and recover looted funds.”
Al-Burhan, who is also chairman of the Sovereignty Council, decided on November 10 to set up a committee to review and receive the funds recovered by the De-Empowerment Committee.

But after the coup Al-Burhan froze the work of the De-Empowerment Committee “until its work law is reviewed and a position is taken”, among decisions it adopted on October 25, which also included declaring a state of emergency in the country, dissolving the sovereignty councils and transitional ministers, exempting governors and arresting party leaders, ministers and officials.

Opposition forces and human rights organizations accuse the authorities of arresting political leaders and dozens of activists in the “resistance committees”, which are involved in organizing ongoing protests calling for “full democratic civil rule.”

On February 17, Al-Burhan said that “the reports against some people (intended to arrest them) were made by the justice authorities,” stressing the “independence” of these authorities.

Un human rights expert in Sudan Adama Deng said february 24th that available information indicated that “135 (people) have been arrested and 115 released, and 20 detainees have not been released.”

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