국제앰네스티는 수단에서 반대세력 신문사 직원 4명이 늦은 밤 보안군에 의해 기습, 체포된 것과 관련해 표현의 자유에 대한 단속을 중단할 것을 수단 당국에 요청했다.아부자 알 아민(Abuzar Al Amin), 나기 다합(Nagi Dahab), 아슈라프 아부델라지(Ashraf Abdelaziz), 아부 바커 알 사마니(Abu Baker Al Sammani )는 지난 15일 카르툼에서 국가정보보안국(NISS)에 의해 체포됐다. 같은 날 반대세력 지도자 하산 알 투라비(Hassan Al Turabi)도 체포됐다.
이들 4명은 알 투라비의 인민당과 밀접한 관계를 맺고 있는 라이 알 샤압(Rai Al Shaab) 수단 반대세력 신문사에서 일하고 있었다. 국가정보보안국은 이 신문사의 사무소도 폐쇄했다.
국제앰네스티 어윈 반 데 보르트(Erwin van der Borght) 아프리카 국장은 “수단 당국은 보안군을 이용해 의사의 자유를 탄압하고 반대세력을 억누르는 것을 중단해야한다”며 “이들 4명은 의사표현의 자유를 평화적으로 행사했다는 이유만으로 체포됐기 때문에 즉시 무조건적으로 석방해야 한다”고 전했다.
체포된 4명의 직원들은 기소되지는 않았으나 현재 행방이 불분명한 상태이다. 국제앰네스티는 구금상태에 있는 이들이 고문 혹은 학대 당했을 가능성에 대해 우려를 전했다.
Sudanese authorities shut newspaper in crackdown
18 May 2010
Amnesty International has urged the Sudanese authorities to end their crackdown on freedom of expression following the arrest of four employees of an opposition newspaper in a late night raid by security forces.
Abuzar Al Amin, Nagi Dahab, Ashraf Abdelaziz, and Abu Baker Al Sammani were arrested on Saturday in Khartoum – the same day as opposition leader Hassan Al Turabi – by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).
The four men all work for Rai Al Shaab, a Sudanese opposition newspaper closely affiliated with Al Turabi’s Popular Congress Party. The newspaper offices were also shut down by the NISS and remain closed.
“The Sudanese authorities must stop trying to silence opposition by using the security forces to crack down on freedom of expression,” said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International’s Africa Director.
“These four men were arrested solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and opinion. We are calling for their immediate and unconditional release.”
No charges have yet been brought against any of the employees whose whereabouts remain unknown. Amnesty International said it is concerned that they may be tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in custody.
NISS agents retain sweeping powers under the 2010 National Security Act, passed by the Sudanese National Assembly in December 2009.
“These arrests are another example of the arbitrary use of the extensive powers granted to members of the security forces in Sudan. NISS agents have constantly harassed students, journalists and human rights defenders who have exercised their peaceful right to freedom of expression,” said Erwin van der Borght.
“Freedom of expression will continue to suffer in Sudan until repressive laws such as the 2010 National Security Act are reformed.”
Amnesty International has called on the government of Sudan to curb the NISS’s extensive powers such as arrest and detention without judicial oversight, and search and seizure.
It is unclear exactly what prompted the arrest of Al Turabi and the four staff members of Rai Al Shaab. However, some reports said it was linked to an interview Al Turabi gave shortly before his arrest to another Sudanese newspaper in which he claimed that the April 2010 general elections were rigged.
The legal grounds on which Rai Al Shaab was closed down and its staff members arrested remain unknown.