The Africa Liberal Network (ALN), the largest political network on the continent consisting of 35 political parties in 24 states, would like to express dire concern about the arrest and detention in Sudan of Mr. Ibrahim Al Shaikh, leader of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), and calls for his immediate release from prison.
Mr. Al Shaikh has been in detention since 6 June 2014 along with 15 members of his party after publicly questioning the government’s formation of the Rapid Support Forces (RSFs), a janjawid pro-government militia accused of numerous human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Darfur, South and North Kordufan.
Mr. Al Shaikh joins many other citizens that have been arrested or detained for daring to publicly question government actions.
This type of clampdown on free speech is not consistent with the values of democracy upheld by the Africa Liberal Network, and as such the ALN condemns the Sudanese government for this action, which appears to be designed to silence any opposition to its regime.
The ALN will continue to monitor the situation and should it not improve, will call on our extensive international partners to join us in fighting for Mr. Al Shaikh’s release.
Olivier Kamitatu Etsu
Africa Liberal Network President
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