In another hypocritical move, not strange to the practices of the NCP*, the government in Kordufan is keeping 32 women and 5 children in detention, with no fair trial, due process, and under horrible inhumane conditions. Despite the April 1st 2013 presidential order to release all of the political detainees who were detained on account of their support of the New Dawn Charter, the government in Khartoum is once again not keeping its word on releasing all of the political detainees. “All” is the operative word here given the critical contradictions between the presidential order and the policies of the practices being followed against the women of the Nuba Mountains and Kordufan. There are at least 100 detainees reported to be in detention. The 32 women, from Kordufan and the Nuba Mountains, along with 5 children, have been kept in imprisonment since last November of 2012 at a military base in Kadogli, on accusations of spying for the SPLM. This is clearly an assault on women’s freedom and rights, and also an exhibition of the segregatory and racist practices that the NCP had implemented and maintained throughout their rule. Women once again bear the costs of the ongoing conflicts instigated by the NCP. The NCP have been known to practice all sorts of oppressive tactics to curb dissent among female activists in Khartoum, and have continued to maintain the same policies by using rape as a weapon in Darfur. It has become obvious that they are targeting the women of the Nuba Mountains as well. They are currently under severe circumstances, and there are reports that some of them have been tortured. Recently one of the women was found to have suffered severe physical trauma, manifested in broken chest bones, and dislocated vertebrae. The facts presented offer more insight in the disturbing continuum of the violations of human rights in Sudan.
A digital campaign was launched by youth-led, peaceful social activism group Girifna to demand the release of these women. The campaign uses the twitter hashtag #FreeKordofanWomen to bring attention to the plight of the Kordofan women who were detained since last November 2012. Their detention is unconstitutional, and the conditions they are kept in are terribly inhumane. Even the 14 women who were recently reported to have been released, were released under very restrictive conditions, and are being held accountable for anything that happens in the state. This is outrageous. To read more about this and contribute to the digital campaign, please go to http://www.girifna.com/8243, and bring the attention of the world to this matter.
- National Congress Party, the current authoritarian regime. Sources: Human Rights Watch : http://www.hrw.org/node/115071