Sudan releases 66 detainees, UN wants more people freed

Navi Pillay

Now that Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services has released 66 detainees, the UN Human Rights chief wants others let go as well.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she welcomes the move by Sudan and that "such action is encouraging and should be extended to others in illegal detention" in the country.

A staffer from the UN Mission in Sudan, Hawa Abdallah, was one of the 66 detainees released. But, UNMIS worker Idriss Abdel-Rahman still remains in detention in Nyala. Pillay also says she is concerned about journalists who remain in detention and face harsh penalties, including the death penalty.

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