June 30, 2010, 11:26 a.m.
While Sudan prepares for a crucial referendum next year, questions remain over the conduct of the recent presidential election. Human Rights Watch has released a report which details widespread abuses during the election cycle.
This 32-page report documents numerous rights violations across Sudan by both northern and southern authorities in the period leading up to, during, and following the April elections. These abuses include restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, particularly in northern Sudan, and widespread intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and physical violence against monitors and opponents of the incumbent parties by Sudanese security forces across the country. The report is based on research carried out between November 2009 and April 2010 in Khartoum and Southern Sudan.