Amnesty: Sudan security services upping repression

July 19, 2010 23:36

CAIRO — Sudanese government critics are being subjected to a "brutal campaign" at the hands of Sudan's security services, particularly since nationwide elections in April, the London-based human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.

The repression comes against a backdrop of increasing isolation for the Khartoum government as the International Criminal Court in The Hague moves to charge Sudan's president with genocide and next year's crucial referendum over the future of the secession-minded south looms.

"The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) is carrying out a brutal campaign of arbitrary detentions, torture, and mental and physical intimidation against opponents," Amnesty said in a statement accompanying the report.

"NISS agents have systematically used intimidation and various forms of ill-treatment, including torture, against supporters of the political opposition," Amnesty said in a statement, citing the use of beatings, electric shocks and sleep deprivation against detainees.

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