AFRICA/SUDAN - Students in Darfur call for major security in Sudanese universities

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 violence  


Khartoum (Agenzia Fides) - The Darfur Students Association in Sudanese universities has rejected the death penalty for a student who is accused of murdering a student. According to what was reported by Radio Dabanga local radio station, the Criminal Court handed-down the death sentence to the student after convicting him of murdering a senior member of the Islamist student wing at the Sharg El Nil College campus in Khartoum North.
The student association has called on the government of Sudan at a press conference to not politicise the courts. The students demanded the Sudanese judiciary to be committed to impartiality and justice. In addition, the student speakers at the press conference further demanded the government to disarm jihadist units in universities. The Minister of Higher Education has proposed to prohibit armed political activities on campuses, and to have a campus police apparatus that can control weapons and tools of violence. In a statement to Parliament the Minister said that her ministry aspires to see violence-free universities by promoting a culture of peace and acceptance of other students. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 06/07/2016)