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Coup leaders report freedom of detainees after protests in Sudan

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Coup leaders report freedom of detainees after protests in Sudan

Khartoum, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) With some reluctance the media in Sudan today picked up the news that all those detained in the protests against October 25 coup d'état last year were released.

The information was given yesterday at a press conference by the vice president of the Sovereign Transitional Council and commander of the Rapid Support Forces, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

I am not aware of the presence of detained protesters, said Dagalo during the signing of a tripartite agreement between the National Human Rights Commission, the Human Rights and Child Protection Unit of the Rapid Support Forces and the Arab Organization for Human Rights.

Following the statements of the high-ranking military officer, the news reports recall the denunciation this week by a group of lawyers of the presence of a hundred opposition politicians detained without charge or trial in the prison of Soba, in Khartoum, the capital.

Most of these detainees belong to the Resistance Committees, the spearhead of the anti-coup protests taking place in Khartoum and other nearby cities against General Abdel Fattah al Burhan’s coup, which resulted in the death of at least 81 civilians.

The signing of Thursday’s agreement is in the interest of cooperating in human rights capacity building for employees of the security and justice sectors, as well as civil society, based on international standards. For the past three months, demonstrators in the streets have been demanding week after week the return of the military to the barracks and the establishment of a civilian government.

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