EU embassies urge Sudan to free all political detainees

Family members shout slogans as they wait outside the Kobar prison in north Khartoum to welcome their loved ones after Sudan released dozens of opposition activists who were arrested last month when authorities cracked down on protests against rising food prices. / AFP PHOTO / Ebrahim Hamid
KHARTOUM – European embassies in Sudan on Monday jointly urged Khartoum to release all remaining political detainees held since protests against rising food prices erupted last month. Head of mission also appealed to Khartoum to lift the state of emergency declared in two states in December.
The authorities, on Sunday, released dozens of opposition activists and protesters that were held in a crackdown by security agents to prevent widespread anti-government protests after prices of food items, notably bread, surged in early January.
The embassies said, in a joint statement, Khartoum should also “guarantee press freedom and freedom of assembly for peaceful demonstrations”.
Hundreds of opposition activists, leaders and protesters were arrested after sporadic protests erupted in the capital and some other towns of Sudan following a surge in bread prices. Many of these detainees were held in “inhumane conditions”, and rights groups say dozens of people were killed when security forces crushed 2013 demonstrations, drawing international condemnation.
The European embassies, on Monday, also urged Khartoum to lift the state of emergency declared on December 30 in the central state of North Kordofan ad in the eastern state of Kassala that borders Eritrea.
A state of emergency is already in force in seven other conflict-ridden states, including the five states of war-ravaged Darfur in western Sudan.
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