Authorities in Sudan violently repress any kind of opposition and dissent. Activists frequently face intimidation, arrest, detention, torture and government surveillance. The government also restricts freedom of expression and peaceful assembly by censoring or confiscating newspapers and using lethal force to prevent and disperse protests and demonstrations. Women human rights defenders are often the targets of sexual violence, attacks on their reputation and intimidation by security forces. While Sudan’s interim constitution guarantees the rights to expression, association and peaceful assembly, subsidiary laws actually restrict freedoms and allow the authorities to harshly repress people in Sudan.