- On 2 March, Zouhir Latif, a Tunisian journalist who was also working for the UN World Food Programme, was expelled after he had been detained by the NISS for three days. Zouhir Latif had covered stories on Darfur, including a battle in Muhajeria in February.
Cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments
Cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments, including flogging, continued to be passed and implemented.
- In July, 13 women, including journalist Lubna Ahmed Hussein, were arrested in a restaurant in Khartoum for wearing trousers, which was deemed "indecent or immoral dress" by the public order police officers who arrested the women. Ten of the women were sentenced to 10 lashes each under Article 152 of the Criminal Act. The flogging was carried out. Lubna Hussein took her case to an ordinary court, which in September convicted and fined her. She led a public campaign against Article 152 and announced she would be appealing against her conviction.
Amnesty International reports
Empty promises on Darfur: International community fails to deliver (10 February 2009)
Sudan: Death penalty - 82 Darfuri men (29 April 2009)
Sudan: Amnesty International calls for arrest of President Al Bashir, (4 March 2009)
Sudan: Execution of nine potentially innocent men shows flaws of death penalty, (14 April 2009 )
Sudanese authorities must abolish the punishment of flogging and repeal discriminatory laws, (24 August 2009)