There continues to be large scale arbitrary arrests of civilians from South Kordofan in the context of the conflict between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N).
In addition to the indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides involved in the conflict, and the severe lack of humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the fighting, scores of civilians from South Kordofan have been arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in October and November. It is believed that they were targeted because they are suspected of involvement with or support for the SPLM-N. Their detention incommunicado without access to their families and lawyers is putting them at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Names of the detainees from Alabasia, Tagali:
Names of the detainees from Kadugli, all the arrests took place in November 2012, all the detainees are women:
SUDO UK condemns the arbitrary arrests of civilians by the NISS and is demanding the immediate and unconditional release of the detainees.
SUDO calls on both the SPLM-N and the Sudan Armed Forces to end attacks on civilians and to ensure that they have access to humanitarian assistance including medical treatment.
SUDO calls for a reconciliation process to be initiated immediately which should bring peace to the border areas and allow IDPs and refugees from South Kordofan to return home.