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Darfuri Students Attacked by Riot Police and NISS in Peaceful Demonstrations in Khartoum

12.03.14

Brutal Attack by the Riot Police and the Security Services on Darfuri Students in Khartoum University

Ali Abakr Musa a Darfuri student at Bahri (Khartoum North) University was killed and Mohamed Ishaq was taken to hospital after being severely injured in his leg by the security services who used excessive force against Darfuri students holding a peaceful demonstration.

The Darfur University and Colleges Students Union in Khartoum organised a conference on 11 March in support of the victims of the latest Janjaweed attack on 25th February 2014, on civilians in Um Gonga in South Darfur. The aim of the meeting was to urge the government to stop the killing of civilians, disarm the militia and bring those responsible to justice.

The Government immediately responded by sending the riot police and the NISS (National Intelligence and Security Service), who entered the University of Khartoum where the conference was being held shooting tear gas and live ammunition at the students. They also surrounded the central women students' accommodation building and threw tear gas and Molotov cocktails inside the building. As a result a large number of students were badly beaten and many were arrested.

SUDO UK condemns the attack on the students' peaceful demonstration and calls on the Government to bring those groups or individuals responsible for shooting live ammunition on the students to justice.

SUDO UK calls on the Government to allow freedom of speech which is a fundamental human right guaranteed in the Sudan Constitution.

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