HRW calls on Sudan to end crackdown on political groups Max Slater at 1:50 PM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged Sudan [press release] to end its crackdown against political and cultural groups. In December Sudanese authorities shut down four organizations in Khartoum that promoted cultural diversity, democracy and human rights. The government shut down these groups based on alleged national security concerns. In the press release, HRW's Africa director Daniel Bekele [official profile] declared that the crackdown is detrimental to human rights and does not advance any legitimate governmental purpose:
Sudan should reverse its draconian steps against civil society groups, and international actors should publicly condemn such measures. The government-led campaign against Sudanese civil society organizations seems designed to stifle diversity, human rights, and dialogue on issues of critical importance, rather than to serve any legitimate purpose.
HRW also accused Sudan's government of intimidating protesters and stifling freedom of the press.
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