arrest and disappearance of Yassin Hassan Abdelkarim, president of the
Sudanese Teachers’ Committee on 28 June has drawn strong condemnation
from the University and College Union (UCU) and International Solidarity
Officers in the NEU teachers’ union. Paul Cottrell, acting General
Secretary of UCU wrote to the Sudanese ambassador
calling for Yassin’s immediate release after hearing that armed men
stormed his house in the early hours of 28 June and took him away to an
activists are extremely concerned that he could face torture or death
in detention at the hands of the brutal militias affiliated with the
Transitional Military Council who have already killed over 100
protesters during attacks on peaceful sit-ins after 3 June. The Teachers
Committee is an independent union which has played a key role organising teachers’ strikes in recent years.
UCU calls for immediate release of Yassin Hassan Abdelkarim, president of the Sudanese Teachers’ Committee #StandWithSudan https://t.co/DzJvmZVJaM
— UCU (@ucu) July 2, 2019
Solidarity Officers in NEU adopted a resolution on 1 July also calling
for Yassin’s release alongside other political prisoners. Huge protests
gripped on Sudan on Sunday, following a call by the Sudanese
Professionals Association and the opposition Forces of Freedom and
Change for further peaceful demonstrations and civil disobedience to
demand the transfer of power to a civilian government from the ruling
Statement by International Solidarity Officers, NEU
National Education Union International Solidarity Officers, condemn the
arrest of our brother and colleague Yassin Hassan Abdulkarim President
of the Teachers’ Committee in Sudan.
support the struggle for democratic rights and civilian government in
Sudan. We support the demonstrations called by the Sudanese Professional
Association and note protestors have exercised non-violent civil
disobedience in pursuit of their aims.
We condemn any use of force, including that used on June 3rd in Khartoum, against these peaceful protests.
In addition, the arbitrary arrest of civilians exercising their right to organise cannot be tolerated. We call on our government, trade unions and human rights organisations to demand the immediate release of Yassin Hassan Abdulkarim.