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Leading rights groups urge Sudanese military to free those detained in coup

People burn tires in Khartoum, Sudan, November 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)
People burn tires in Khartoum, Sudan, November 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Two leading international rights groups urge Sudan’s military in a joint statement to release government officials, activists and others detained during the army’s coup last month.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also appeal for an end to “further arbitrary arrests” and the crackdown that has been taking place on anti-coup protests.

It’s the first time the two prominent groups issued a joint statement on Sudan. They had separately appealed to Sudan’s military to free those arrested during and after the coup.

On October 25, the Sudanese military seized power, dissolving the country’s transitional government and detaining more than 100 government officials and political leaders, along with a large number of protesters and activists. The army also placed the country’s prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, under house arrest in his residence in the capital of Khartoum.

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