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Sudan security forces release rights delegates to AU summit

[JURIST] Sudanese security forces released nearly 50 human rights delegates attending the African Union [official website, JURIST news archive] summit in Khartoum Monday. Members of the Sudanese Organization Against Torture [advocacy website], Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International and the International Bar Association were temporarily detained after forces raided their meeting and took the delegates into custody without explanation [JURIST news report] late Sunday. Many, including the European Union ambassador in Khartoum, have indicated that the action reflects serious doubts that Sudan can assume the rotating presidency of the AU in light of its own human rights violations. The Herald Sun has more.

1:27 PM ET - A Sudanese presidential adviser said Monday that Sudan is prepared to abandon efforts to lead the African Union, in order to avoid creating a rift within the organization. BBC News has more.

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