Political prisoners go on indefinite hunger strike in Sudan

Families of political detainees in Sudan said that 11 party leaders had gone on an open-ended hunger strike for the second day in a row in protest of their detentions being renewed.

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Ibrahim Ghandour, former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s party leader, was re-arrested by authorities just hours after his release on November 1. Ghandour demanded complete reconciliation and dialogue to end the Sudanese situation in statements after his release at the time.

“My father, Ibrahim Ghandour, went on an open hunger strike to protest his detention for more than two years without trial, and after the judiciary refused to renew his detention,” his daughter, Wafaa Ghandour, told.

According to a statement, detainees in Al-Huda jail decided to go on hunger strike “to protest the politicization of the justice system and the injustice inflicted on them, since they remained in prison for nearly two years, claiming to have completed the investigations.”

Following widespread protests about the country’s deteriorating economic circumstances, the army deposed al-Bashir on April 11, 2019, after three decades in office.

On charges of “attempting to subvert the government,” authorities have arrested scores of key leaders from the former regime, as well as officers and citizens.

In addition, it is reported that many ex-politicians who were tried in pre-trial detention are decided to continue their detention without trial. In this regard, it is stated that these people started an indefinite hunger strike.

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