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Date of Incident: February 17, 2012

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment | Other

Institution(s):University of Khartoum

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On February 17, Khartoum Police raided student dorms at the University of Khartoum and arrested over 300 students who were reportedly planning a protest against the university’s orders to evacuate the dormitories. All arrested students were subsequently released without charge. Upon the students’ return to the university, they found increased security presence on campus, including surveillance cameras and additional guards.

The University of Khartoum had been shut down since December, following student protests against the university administration and the Khartoum Police in solidarity with Al-Manasir, a community displaced by the construction of a government dam. According to reports, police had used violence to disperse the December demonstrations and had arrested several participants, including the president of the Darfur Association of Students who was allegedly tortured while in detention.

UPDATE March 18, 2012: University of Khartoum re-opened on March 18.