Rights watchdog fights for detainees

KHARTOUM - Sudan is illegally holding 25 opposition figures without charge, the Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR) said, urging the UN to take action to secure their immediate release.

KHARTOUM - Sudan is illegally holding 25 opposition figures without charge, the Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR) said, urging the UN to take action to secure their immediate release.

Two months ago, national security forces took Mubarak al-Fadil and Abdel Jalil al-Basha, leaders of the opposition Umma Party for Reform and Renewal; Ali Mahmoud Hassanein from the opposition Democratic Unionist Party; and other retired army, police and security officers at gunpoint from their homes.

The men were accused of plotting to overthrow the government, but none of them have been charged.

"AOHR wishes to bring before the council the current situation concerning the arbitrary arrest and continued unlawful detention of about 25 persons," the group said in a statement to the UN council for human rights.

AOHR urged the UN council to work to secure the immediate release of the detainees. Rights group Amnesty International has claimed that some of those arrested had been tortured.

Khartoum has denied torturing any detainees. - Reuters

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