Sudan – Nine Darfuri human rights defenders arrested and being held in incommunicado detention in Khartoumposted on: 2010/11/11

On 29 October 2010 between 4pm and 4:30pm eight Darfuri human rights defenders were arrested in Khartoum, Sudan. In a similar incident on 3 November another human rights defender was arrested. As yet no charges have been brought against them. It is reported that the arrests targeted people working with HAND (Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy), a coalition of nine grass-roots Darfuri organisations, that publishes weekly human rights monitoring reports from Darfur, and people working for Radio Dabanga, a Sudanese radio station registered in the Netherlands that broadcasts news on the conflict in Darfur.

Both HAND and Radio Dabanga reportedly share the same building in Khartoum. Some of those arrested had just attended a youth forum on social development hosted by Girifna, a pro-democracy student movement.

The first disappearance occurred on 29 October, in Suq al Arabia in down-town Khartoum, when National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agents arrested Abdelrahman Mohamed Al-Gasim, a member of the executive committee of the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) from Tulus, South Darfur. Mr.