Activists, politicians arrested in RSF witch hunt by Burhan allies

Human rights activists in Sudan reported on Tuesday that SLM intelligence units in Darfur have conducted a widespread witch hunt targeting alleged RSF supporters in El Fasher.

The targets include political leaders and civilians suspected of collaborating with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

In a communication to Minni Arko Minnawi, leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), human rights lawyer Abdel Aziz Osman Sam disclosed the arrest of Siham Hassan Hasballah, a former parliamentarian and human rights activist, by SLM intelligence.

Hasballah was reportedly subjected to whipping, verbal abuse, and harassment during a nine-day detention, followed by a rearrest by SLM, with her current whereabouts unknown.

Hasballah, prominent in the Liberation and Justice Movement under Omer al-Bashir’s regime, served as a parliamentarian and is a signatory to the Doha Peace Agreement.

Al-Sadiq Ali Nur, spokesman for SLM-Minawi said that many detainees were released promptly without harm.

Nur confirmed the release of Mohamed Abdel Gadir Jalab, a leader in the SPLM-North faction.

Jalab, Secretary-General of the Graduate Employment Agency in North Darfur, was arrested on June 13 from his home and held at an undisclosed location.

According to a lawyer who preferred anonymity, Jalab’s arrest stemmed from a dispute over the proper administrative procedures for handing over a government vehicle to the army-aligned SLM forces.

The lawyer described Jalab’s arrest as humiliating, conducted by army-aligned elements despite his senior government position and compliance with legal procedures.

The situation remains tense as concerns over human rights violations persist amid the ongoing arrests and detentions in El Fasher.

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