Sudan frees opposition leader

Two weeks after being detained, Ghazi Suleiman, a key Sudanese opposition leader was released Tuesday.

    Suleiman, head of the Democratic Forces Front and the Sudanese Human Rights Group, was arrested on 2 July, shortly before he was to hold a press conference.

    "This time the treatment switched 180 degrees ... with the room air-conditioned, television, good food and reading facilities," he said, comparing his arrest to previous detentions.

    The press conference was called to unveil the "Khartoum Declaration", a document supporting the peace process between Khartoum and southern rebels. It also supported an end to one-party rule in Sudan.

    Suleiman has said the text "supports and explains" a statement known as the "Cairo Declaration" issued after talks held in Egypt's capital in May by leaders of the northern and southern opposition.

    Since President Omar al-Bashir came to power in 1989, political opposition, freedom of expression, assembly and association in Sudan have been severely curtailed.

    The Political Act, which came into force in January 1999, supposedly relaxed the ban on opposition parties.

    However, opposition parties not supporting the government are either banned or denied genuine political freedom.

    The Democratic Forces Front is a non-registered political party advocating democracy in Sudan.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Kamala Harris makes history as US vice presidential candidate, but barriers remain for women in power around the world.

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    A new master's house: The architect decolonising Nigerian design

    Demas Nwoko's structures are a model of culturally relevant and sustainable African design.

    Senegal's village of women

    Senegal's village of women

    Women in northeast Senegal are using solar-powered irrigation to farm food and halt the encroaching desert.