When representatives of the Sudanese Communist Party addressed a seminar last weekend for communist parties domiciled in Britain, they were unaware of the dramatic events unfolding in their home country reports CP general secretary Robert Griffiths.

Representatives at the seminar will be speaking at 21st Century Festival on 21-22nd July.

They were outlining the progress made by Sudan's communists and their daily paper Almidan, edited by one of that predominantly Muslim country's most prominent women political leaders, Madeha Abdalla.
The Sudanese Communist Party endures a semi-legal status under the Khartoum regime of President Omar al-Bashir, but has organised mass rallies and demonstrations in recent years.
Thousands turned out in the country's capital three months ago for the funeral of SCP general secretary Mohamed Nugud who died in a London hospital.
But on Monday this week, the news came through that new general secretary Salah Samareab had been kidnapped by the Sudanese security service after leaving the party's headquarters.
Attempts by Salah's family, lawyers and human rights organisations to locate his place of detention have been rebuffed by the authorities. Even more worryingly, he is a diabetic and needs daily medicine.
The leadership of the Sudanese Communist Party fears the worst.
According to human rights sources inside the country, more than 1,000 political dissidents are jailed in different parts of Khartoum and in other towns such as Atbara, Port Sudan, Kasala, Madni, Kosti and Alobied.
Detainees are subjected to inhumane treatment, including beatings, electrical shocks and threats of rape.
The regime is determined to crack down on the growing movement demanding an end to dictatorial rule.
The Communist Party of Britain, which hosted last weekend's seminar on behalf of the Co-ordinating Committee of Communist Parties in Britain, has protested to the Sudanese embassy in London, demanding the release of Salah Samareab and other political activists being held without trial.
The co-ordinating committee comprises communist and workers' parties from Cyprus, Iran, India, Bangladesh, Iraq, Sudan, Palestine and Chile which have organisations in Britain.
Also addressing the seminar, Communist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Mujahidul Selim highlighted the role played by women in the political life of his country.
Both main parties, the Awami League and the Bangladesh National Party, currently have women leaders, while communists play a leading role in mass women's organisations and trade unions for women textile workers.
But he warned that neither of the two "bourgeois parties" represented the interests of women workers.
"The Awami League fights on behalf of one section of factory owners and landlords, cloaking itself in the garb of secularism, while the BNP allies with Islamist forces that threaten women's hard-won political and social rights," Selim said.
The London seminar also received a report of the Iraqi Communist Party's ninth congress, recently concluded in Baghdad. Its opening session had been convened in the town of Shaklawa, in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The congress reaffirmed the party's determination to strive for social progress in a "modern federal democratic state" which respects human rights and freedoms of all citizens.
At its next seminar, the Co-ordinating Committee of Communist Parties in Britain will hear speakers from the Communist Party of Greece on that party's strategic outlook.
The committee will also be organising a session at this year's Marxism in the 21st Century festival at the Bishopsgate Institute, central London, on July 21-22.