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December 31, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese authorities closed down on Monday another civil society group, Al Khatim Adlan Center, which performs research and advocacy in issues of democracy and multiculturalism in the country.

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A picture shows participants in a workshop KACE organised in March 2012 about Youth in Governance and Conflict Mitigation (Photo KACE)

Last Monday 24 December, Sudan’s ministry of information banned the activities of the Sudanese Studies Center for one year, citing activities aiming to overthrow the regime and financial support from outside the country.

The Registrar General of the national and foreign organizations has issued a decision ordering to close the Center, said Albaqir Alafif the director of Al Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development (KACE), on Monday.

Albaqir further added that the inventory of the center’s assets was performed by the government employees and KACE responsible before they were forced to hand over the keys of the cultural and intellectual group which was established in 2007.

Aiming to promote peace, democracy and diversity, the KACE organized workshops on Darfur and South Kordofan crises, elections, and South Sudan and Abyei referendums. In 2012 the Center worked on different projects, such as violence against women and youth.

Many of its different activities are funded by foreign embassies in Khartoum, and international foundations. KACE is also working on a project about the reform of school curriculum funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and another one related to the civil society participation in public affairs supported by the Open Society Institute.

Sudanese authorities did not explain why they decided to close the Center. However, the move was expected as government officials had accused these civil society groups of being linked to the opposition and working to topple the regime.

The security services believes that civil society groups can represent a danger for the regime after the participation of independent youth groups in a series of protests that took place in the country following the government’s decision to remove subsidies on essential commodities in June 2012.

On the other hand, Sudanese security on Monday arrested the executive director of Sudanese Studies Center Abdallah Abu Al-Reesh, following a gathering of Sudanese activists outside the National Human Rights Commission in Khartoum to deliver a memo against its closure.

Abdallah’s family said security agents came in the early morning of Monday and conducted him to unknown destination. His family members said they are concerned for his health as they refused to allow him to bring his medications.

(ST)

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  • 1 January 2013 13:51, by Ayom Ayom

    Yes the deserve for the closer, Human right activist are always obstacle, criticizing government and creating a lot of chaos.

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  • 1 January 2013 14:13, by Northern Sudanese
    • 1 January 2013 15:23, by zulu

      You ztupid monkey North Sudanese. ..,,Just shut the hell up

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      • 1 January 2013 19:42, by Northern Sudanese

        zulu
        hahahahaha jealous monkey, go back to your trees monkey. what have you done in south sudan other than cattle raiding??? looool
        Long Live Bashir :)

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    • 1 January 2013 16:38, by Thel Mangardit

      That is the disadvantages of driving a car in public Road, don’t go to a public road be4 you learn more about road signs.
      Take action as you know the following:-
      1. You do know your right.
      2. you do know traffic rules.

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  • 1 January 2013 21:37, by telfajbago

    This Communist -affiliated centre while it takes donors money and claim that,it promote policies to enable those affected by conflicts in Sudan,but;in reality it serve narrow ethnic groups interests who are the main causes of Sudan’s problems and sometimes the regime use these media houses to market their agenda,but now they over stepped their ponds,let us see if the communists will join SRF.

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    • 2 January 2013 15:42, by Joseph Canada

      what a bench of lies!!!
      this guy was killed in Afghanistan and Hillary Clinton was in Egypt!!!.. man, Arabs should not deceive its citizens!!!
      how long is the lie going to be told to the Muslims and when will the true Islam going to tell the truth?

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