Bookseller faces the Locality Orders in Khartoum
Muntasir Ibrahim Al-Zain, a husband and father to two children , graduated from Sudan University of Science and Technology. He has a higher diploma from the University of Khartoum in Afro-Asian studies and is currently working on his master’s thesis. Muntasir sells books; this is how he supports himself and his family. On 12 December, the sweep (kasha) of the Khartoum locality came and they arrested Muntasir along with his valuable books. He was put in jail and the police officers filed two complaints against him. This is his story
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In August 2013, soon after Eid Al Fitr, a young Ethiopian woman was lured to an empty property where she was pinned down and brutally gang raped by a group of seven men. The rape was filmed by one of the participants and then circulated through online social media months later. Since the film became publically available, six of the perpetrators have been arrested by police (on the 15th Jan) as well as the young woman in question (on the 17th Jan). One of the perpetrators, notably the individual that lured the victim, is still unaccounted for despite attempts by police to find him.
Tea ladies are a familiar site on Sudan’s city streets, but are often vulnerable to abuse
May 26, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Gisma Abdel el-Shafe dreams of one day owning a house of her own. But though she works six days a week, 12 hours per day, she is still no closer to fulfilling that goal. Shafe is one of thousands of Sudanese and migrant women who work in Khartoum’s informal labour market – as tea ladies, dressmakers, or as street vendors selling nuts, sweets and grilled meat. They work by the roadside, in parklands, along the banks of the Nile and inside the city’s sprawling souqs (markets).
November 10, 2013 (KHARTOUM)– UN independent experts have urged Sudan to end flogging punishments for women accused of so called moral crimes, stressing that the practice amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment that goes against international law.
Premarital sex, adultery, failure to prove rape, dressing ‘indecently’ or other behaviour deemed immoral, are all grounds for flogging in Sudan, as well as various other parts of the world”, the special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, said.
Last Monday, Amira Osman Hamed, a 35-year-old Sudanese civil engineer and women’s rights activist, was charged with dressing indecently for refusing to cover her hair with a headscarf. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to up to 40 lashes.