Sudanese Parliament Approves Constitutional Amendments
On Monday, the Sudanese Parliament voted in favor of a draft of the constitutional amendments under the Freedoms section, and it is currently undergoing its third stage of review. The new law draft entails new clauses that are expected to establish courts to prosecute members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) who have violated the security laws.
However, 140 parliament members were absent during the session.
Meanwhile, other members overlooked a proposal that suggests reducing NISS’ immunities and powers, and have in turn, voted in favor of the service to remain as a national security force, both externally and internally – with its main duties being collection of information and handover to authorities accordingly, as well as fighting terrorism and money laundering.
The new changes also emphasized that security services must be provided to all Sudanese nationals and citizens equally, with the NISS working directly under the president’s supervision. The intelligence services will be expected to provide reports of hearings before parliamentary committees.
Moreover, courts for the NISS will be established, which will specify the service’s structures, specializations, authorities, procedures, and the legal services provided to those who violate the law.
Furthermore, the amendments granted citizens freedom of expression in different media outlets and protesting in rallies, yet further limited freedom of press and media platforms.
As the amendments grant the right to peaceful protests, they prohibit any organization to function as a political party unless on a national level, and according to the regulations that include granting any Sudanese citizen the right to join the party regardless of religion, ethnicity or race, or birthplace, as well as a program that is aligned with the constitution. It is stated that all political parties are expected to have an honest and democratic electoral process, and transparent sources of funds.
Finally, the new law will regulate the formation and registration of these entities, in accordance with the requirements of civil society, while complying with the law in their administration and overall review.
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