Sudan students under state security siege

Sudan students under state security siegeFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News), UNIVERSITY students are bearing the brunt of Sudan’s violent crackdown against critics of the President Omar al-Bashir administration.

Since the beginning of the year, human rights groups have reported a rise in the number of incidents around the country where state security forces have used excessive force against students.

In the latest such incident, intelligence agents have shot dead a 18-year-old student at the University of Kordofan in Al-Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan State.

Another 27 students were injured, five of them seriously.

The students had been marching towards the office of students’ union to submit their list of pro-opposition candidates for union elections.

National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) agents argued they were quelling clashes between two rival students groups.

Last month, security officers beat up and fired tear gas at students at the same university, injuring 15, during a peaceful demonstration against poor service delivery. They arrested seven others.

Recently, state agents killed a student at El-Geneina University, and dozens of students were arrested.

These are the latest in a series of incidents in a brutal crackdown against students that began in 2012 and has seen scores killed, injured or detained, sometimes incommunicado.

“This violent attack is yet another shocking episode in of a string of human rights violations against university students across Sudan and underlines the government’s shameful determination to put out the last vestiges of dissent,” Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

– CAJ News

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