Sudan Six in death row over false charges

gavelFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – SUDAN is under pressure to drop charges against six human rights activists facing the death penalty based on alleged trumped-up charges.

Their persecution is a move critics have condemned as a ploy to silence dissenting voices against government repression.

The activists linked to a prominent Khartoum-based organisation, Training and Human Development (TRACKS), were detained some three months ago but are yet to face trial.

They have been charged with criminal conspiracy, undermining the constitutional system, waging war against the state, espionage, and
terrorism by the Sudanese State Security Prosecution Office.

All charges carry the death penalty.

The six individuals have faced constant targeting by agents from the National Intelligence and Security Service over the past two years while their premises have been raided twice with their documents, equipment and passports confiscated.

The harassment and subsequent death penalty are linked to the increasing targeting and prosecution of human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders, in Sudan for undertaking peaceful and human rights activities in the face of repression by the government of President Omar Al-Bashir.

UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, said the death penalty was an extreme form of punishment.

lf used at all, it should only be imposed after a fair trial that respects the most stringent due process guarantees as stipulated in international human rights law.”

The six facing charges are Khalafalla Mukhtar, Arwa Elrabie, Midhat Hamadan, and Alhassan Kheiri, employed by TRACKS.

Mustafa Adam and Raye Imany Leyla are affiliated to the organisation.
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