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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 18, 2004
Question Taken from the August 18, 2004 Daily Press Briefing

Reported Arrests of Darfurians Who Spoke to the Secretary of State

Question:   Has the Department followed up on reports that individuals who spoke with Secretary Powell on his trip to Sudan were arrested?

Answer:   The U.S. Government is concerned by the allegations, and we strongly promote protections for the freedom of speech around the world.  We continue to look into these allegations.  We have received a copy of the Amnesty International report, which alleges that Darfurians who discussed the situation in Darfur with foreigners were subsequently imprisoned and subject to harassment.  The Embassy in Khartoum is actively engaged on this issue.

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Released on August 18, 2004

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