The armed conflict in Sudan, particularly the protracted conflict in Darfur that began in 2003, has long been associated with human rights violations. Students from Darfur also experience violations oftheir human rights throughout Sudan. Over the last few years, Amnesty International has been documenting the targeting by Sudanese security agents of student political activists from Darfur, perceived to be armed group supporters. Thus,the armed conflict has become both an excuse and a mask for human rights violations not only in Darfur,
but also in the rest of the country.