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Amal Habani

HRD & Journalist
No Oppression Against Women Initiative

Human rights defender Amal Habani is a coordinator in the No Oppression Against Women Initiative in Sudan, recipient of the 2014 Amnesty International Ginetta Sagan Award and journalist.

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The ongoing violence by government forces, pro-government militia groups and anti-government armed group forms the backdrop to continued harassment, arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detentions and alleged torture of human rights defenders (HRDs) by Sudanese military and security forces. Freedom of expression and freedom of association and assembly have been increasingly curtailed. In particular, NGO members, journalists and student activists have been targeted. Women human rights defenders face sexual violence, prosecution and harsh punishments imposed by the government security forces. Women organisations are under intense scrutiny and struggle with laws that generally discriminate against women.