Sudan arrests 17 opposition activists amid dialogue call: HRW

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses top officials from his ruling National Congress Party during a meeting on August 21, 2015 in the capital KhartoumSudan’s security forces have arrested at least 17 opposition activists this month, Human Rights Watch said Friday, as President Omar al-Bashir urges opponents to join talks to solve Sudan’s myriad problems. The National Intelligence and Security Services have arrested at least 17 members of opposition parties since the beginning of August, most of whom are affiliated with the Sudanese Congress party, HRW said. The Sudanese Congress is a small party whose activists have been giving speeches criticising Bashir’s rule.

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