Sudan: Patterns of repression
AI is concerned about continuing reports of gross human rights violations in Sudan. Mass killings have been reported in late 1992 and early 1993 in the Nuba Mountains, where there has been intense conflict between the SPLA and government forces. Reports of torture in secret detention centres ("ghost houses") continue; in northern Sudan there is a continuing pattern of detention without trial of government critics. Restrictions have been placed on the freedom of movement of suspected government critics; a journalist, Mohamed Abdulsid, from the newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, has been imprisoned and the newspaper office closed. Gross violations are reported from the war zones of southern and western Sudan. Abuses by the armed opposition SPLA are also described in this report.