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US Slams Sudan on Repression

Wednesday, 09 Jun 2010 09:37 AM

WASHINGTON – The United States voiced new criticism Tuesday against Sudan for an increase in repression and a "deteriorating environment" for civil and political rights in the African nation.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said a number of incidents in recent weeks have increased US concern, including the arrest of opposition leaders, the censoring of opposition newspapers and violence against its employees.

Also worrisome has been a government ban on human rights workers leaving the country to participate in a Kampala conference on the International Criminal Court, and violence against demonstrators.

"The United States government expresses its concern over a pattern of increasing political repression and the deteriorating environment for civil and political rights in Khartoum, including the arrest of opposition leaders, journalists and peaceful demonstrators," Crowley said.

Crowley also expressed Washington's concern over "the continued harassment of journalists, human rights advocates and nongovernmental organizations in Sudan and reminds the government of Sudan of its international obligations to respect human rights, including freedoms of assembly and of the press."

"We call on the government of Sudan to ensure that those in custody are afforded due process and receive access to medical care. We also call for the Sudanese security agencies to cease any censorship of media," he said.

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WASHINGTON – The United States voiced new criticism Tuesday against Sudan for an increase in repression and a "deteriorating environment" for civil and political rights in the African nation.
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