Sudan: US urges Sudan to respect freedom of expression

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) – The United States has called on Sudanese authorities to refrain from confiscating newspapers, to allow freedom of expression and release politicians and activists opposing government stands in politics.

“United States is concerned about the Government of Sudan’s threatening rhetoric and the crackdown on Sudanese media in response to calls by Sudanese civil society for civil disobedience,” said the State Department in a press release received by PANA in Khartoum on Saturday.

The release has urged Khartoum government, if protests do occur, to respond to protesters with restraint, and encouraged Sudanese authorities to take all necessary steps to allow citizens to exercise their right to freedom of expression.

“At the same time, we encourage those exercising their fundamental rights to express their views to do so peacefully,” it stressed.

The U.S. administration also reiterated concerns expressed by its Embassy in Khartoum in a December 6 statement about the detention, apparently without charge, of a number of opposition political leaders and human rights advocates.

“We again urge Sudanese authorities to stop seizing newspapers and engaging in other forms of censorship of those who report on, or express, political views,” it said.

The statement followed the confiscation of Al Jareedah, an Arabic daily, for the sixth time in two weeks. The paper is known to have a leaning to the political opposition that has been calling for civil disobedience, to force the government into reconsidering its austerity measures that included partially lifting subsidies on medicine, fuel and other commodities.

-0- PANA MO/AR 17Dec2016

17 december 2016 13:52:31

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