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Four persons arrested for being supporters of the New Dawn Charter, Central Darfur


On March 31, 2013 four employees at the Garsila locality administration, Central Darfur, were arrested and accused of being supporters of the New Dawn charter. They are detained at Garsila branch of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), without access to their families and lawyers and they have not been released despite the general amnesty extended by the president Omar al-Bashir on Monday April 1, 2013.

The detainees are:

  1. Abdelrazig Ahmed Mohammed, an internal Auditor at Garsila locality Administration
  2. Abdelazim Omer Yousif
  3. Abdelshakoor- male (no given  last name)
  4. Abdelnabi- male (no given last name)

SUDO UK believes that the four detainees are prisoners of conscious and calls for their immediate and non-conditional release.


On January 5, 2013 in Kampala, Uganda Sudanese opposition forces including Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), the National Consensus Forces (NCF), civil society, youth, women and student organisations signed what become known as the Charter of the New Dawn. The charter included the decision to change the National Congress Party(NCP) regime using both peaceful and armed means and replacing it with a broad-based Transitional Government to accommodate the entire political spectrum, for a four-year term. The Charter also discussed ways to restore what has been destroyed by civil wars in Darfur, South Kordofan (Nuba Mountains), Blue Nile, Eastern Sudan and the establishment of democratic institutions and basic services of education, health, water etc and achieve justice for the victims of the war, who were  displaced and refugees and reform the economy and other major issues related to the current situation of Sudan.  

Following the singing of the New Dawn charter the NCP leaders in Khartoum heavily attacked the agreement and its signatories, with president Omar al-Bashir threatening to ban all the political parties that signed the charter, after that some of the parties retracted their signatures.  Shortly after, members of opposition parties were arrested and detained by the NISS in connection to their participation in the conference in Kampala which resulted in the signing of the New Dawn Charter.  The authorities continued its repression of political and civil society, where the NISS continued arresting people due to their political opinion or association.  

On April 1, 2013 Sudan president Omer al-Bashir said in a speech in parliament   that he has ordered the release of all political detainees in the country, although it remains unclear who are covered by this declaration and how the authorities will determine who to be released.

One day following the president's speech 7 political prisoners who participated in signing the New Dawn Charter were released. This included leader of the Islamic Wasat Party Yousif al-Koda, Brigadier Abdel-Aziz Khalid from the National Sudanese Alliance, Hisham al-Mufti from the United Democratic Unionist Party, Intisar al-Aqli from the Socialist Unionist Nasserite Party, Mohamed Zein al-Abdeen and Abdel-Rahim Abdullah from the Democratic Unionist Party and Hatem Ali.[1]

[1]Sudan Tribune: 

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