On Thursday, February 10, 2022, the UN Secretary-General called for the immediate release of the former Sudanese minister Khaled Youssef and all political prisoners arbitrary held in Sudan.
Earlier Wednesday, Sudanese security agents arrested the ex-minister and leader of the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), the civilian group driving protests against last year’s military coup.
He, like others, other leaders, civil society political leaders, who remain in any form of detention of freedom is curtailed and need to be released, said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Khaled Youssef’s arrest is the latest in a long line of activists detained since the October 25 military takeover led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in which the civilian leadership and FFC figures were ousted.
Youssef was among the figures who were detained immediately after the coup before he was released weeks later.
Since the coup, the authorities have launched a deadly crackdown on regular mass anti-coup protests, leaving at least 79 people killed and hundreds wounded, according to independent medics.