Women's Day event denied permission in Sudan: Activist
Published on Mar 9, 2014 9:29 PM
KHARTOUM (AFP) - Sudanese authorities refused permission for an International Women's Day event in Khartoum, an activist said on Sunday, despite President Omar al-Bashir's vow that freedoms should be respected.
The March 8 event - marked around the world - had been held without incident for the past eight years at Khartoum's Nubian Club, women's activist Fahima Hashim told AFP. "We didn't get the permission" from state security agents for Saturday's planned event, she said.
The women were told they needed additional authorisation from a government commission handling voluntary activities but that was just a delaying tactic, said Ms Hashim, director of the Salam Centre for women's rights.
Ms Hashim said it was unclear why approval was denied but it might be connected with the larger size of this year's event. "We had more than 30 groups joining us," she said.
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