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Sandra Kodouda

Sandra Kodouda

HRD, Member
Youth Committee against the Building of Dal and Kajabar Dams

Sandra Kodouda is a prominent human rights defender in Sudan. She is active in campaigns fighting for women's rights, freedom of expression and association, and environmental rights. She is also a member of the Youth Committee against the Building of Dal and Kajabar Dams, and peacefully partook in country-wide anti-austerity demonstrations in September and October 2013.

Human rights defenders are vulnerable to arbitrary arrest and detention by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). The 2010 National Security Act grants the NISS extensive powers to arrest and detain people up to four and a half months without judicial review, and with complete impunity when the detention is arbitrary. Human rights defenders have been held incommunicado, without access to legal representation, and family visits have been refused without reasons. Detained HRDs have been often held in NISS cells that fall outside the jurisdiction of prisons laws and regulations, where they have also suffered ill-treatment and torture.