Target: President of Sudan HE Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir
Goal: To ensure that peaceful protesters in Sudan are not harassed, arrested, or ill-treated by Sudanese authorities.
Recent political actions in Sudan have seen the arrest and detention of a number of activists, students, and journalists in an attempt to quell dissent and silence the protest movement. Sparked in part by the Arab Spring and other demonstrations throughout the world, Sudan has seen an increase in peaceful protests since last January, lead in part by student activist groups such as Girifna (We’re fed up) and Sharara (Youth for Change).
With the recent arrest of Magdi Aqasha, leader of the Sharara movement, it is clear to see the Sudanese authorities are becoming more aggressive about suppressing these movements. It is the legitimate fear of those involved in these activities that Aqasha will be detained and is at risk of torture or ill treatment by Sudanese authorities. Such detentions serve as a deterrent for future protesters and activists, and are in direct violation of the people’s right to free speech and assembly.
By signing this petition, you are urging Sudanese authorities to release Magdi Aqasha and others who have been arbitrarily arrested for peaceful protest. You are also demanding the end to harassment and detainment of peaceful activists, students, and journalists, and you are reminding Sudan of their commitment to free speech as per the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which they willingly signed.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
To His Excellency Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir:
The international community is seeing the arbitrary arrest of Magdi Aqasha, leader of the Sharara movement, as an attempt to silence students, activists, and journalists in their dissent of the current workings of the Sudanese government. As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Sudan is committed to the free expression of opinions and ideas, and must allow these protesters the opportunity to do so.
The international community is calling on Sudanese authorities to release Magdi Aqasha and to ensure that he is not subject to torture of ill treatment while he is in your custody. We also demand an end to the harassment and detention of peaceful protesters, who possess the basic human right of free expression and assembly.
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