Sudanese authorities urged to release journalists and human rights activists
The government of Sudan has been urged to release eleven human rights activists and journalists who were arrested by the country's National Security Service between 30 October and 3 November.
The call has come from Mohammed Chande Othman, the United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan.
The eleven human rights activists and journalists have reportedly been held incommunicado since they were arrested.
The government has not specified the charges brought against them, provided them with access to legal counsel, or brought them before a judge to review the lawfulness of their detentions.
The United Nations expert is concerned that the arrests and detentions of the eleven activists and journalists may be linked to their legitimate activities in defense of human rights.