SUDANESE GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES CLOSE WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTRE - 24th JUNE 2014
Today, 24 June 2014, SALMAHH Women's Resource Centre, a civil society organization registered as a non-for-profit company, received a letter from the registrar of companies at the Ministry of Justice informing them that the company registration was cancelled and that a team of five employees of the registrar would come to take all company documents and assets.
The team that brought this letter was composed of 15 persons, later identified as members of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). They arrived at the company premises and ordered all employees out of their offices. While employees waited in the courtyard of the building, they began to take an inventory of all the assets. At 5:00 pm they ordered everyone out of the premises, seized everything and closed the organization, leaving three of their members as guards.
Harassment of civil society organizations, independent media and independent expressions of opinion has been building up in the last five years and it is a part of a long history of the government attempts to stifle independent civil society activists and organizations who raise human rights concerns.
SUDO UK Strongly condemns the closure of Women’s Resource Centre SALMAHH and Calls on the Sudan Government to implement the proposals of the Confederation of Civil Society Memorandum to the President by reversing its decision to close the civil society organizations and ending restrictions and harassment of non-governmental organizations and media.