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Geneva (April 11, 2018) – On April 10, 2018, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir issued a decree “setting free all political detainees in the country,” state media organisation Sudan News Agency reported.

On January 16, 2018, political activist Abdul Latif Abdul Latif Ali was arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) during a demonstration near the Presidential Palace in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. He remains in secret detention to date.

The demonstration was organised by the Sudanese Communist Party with the support of the National Umma Party (NUP), the Baath Party and the Sudanese Congress Party against the rising prices of basic commodities and the recent austerity measures taken by the government.

Update: Yousif El Koda was released on March 27, 2018. Omar Ushari Ahmed Mahmoud and Amjed El Tayeb are still secretly detained.

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