Sudan
02.06.05
Urgent Interventions

Sudan: relatives of torture victim who lodged complaint arrested and tortured

Case SDN 020605
Arbitrary Detention / Torture


The International Secretariat of OMCT has received new information concerning the following situation in Sudan.


Brief description of the situation

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by the Sudan Organisation Against Torture (SOAT), a member of the OMCT network, that 6 of Ibrahim Soulieman Adam’s relatives were arrested on 23 May 2005 and taken to a hole in the ground at the military camp 1km West of Sanza Afondu.

According to the information received, Mr. Ibrahim’s mother was later released but the following five people detained and tortured:

1. Hawa Soulieman Adam, (35 yrs), W
2. Makka Soulieman Adam, (37 yrs), W
3. Salih haroun Ahmed, (17 yrs), M
4. Najmel dean Abdel Majead, (35 yrs) M
5. Yousif Ali Omer, (36 yrs), M

According to witness accounts, the soldiers beat them with their guns, hands and also kicked them.

The arrest of members of Mr. Ibrahim’s family is believed to be related to the lodging of a complaint, on Mr. Ibrahim’s behalf, by the SOAT network of lawyers against the armed forces in Sanya Afondu with the Attorney General. The complaint was related to Mr. Ibrahim’s arbitrary arrest, detention and torture in a hole over an 8 day period from 19 to 27 January 2005. Upon release, Mr. Ibrahim received medical treatment for his injuries at Amel Medical Centre for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims in Nyala, a SOAT partner organisation.

OMCT is gravely concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of the above mentioned persons.


Requested Action:
Please write to the authorities in Sudan urging them to:
i. Guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of all detainees;

ii. Order the immediate release of all detainees in the absence of valid legal charges, or if legitimate charges exist, bring them before an impartial tribunal and guarantee procedural rights at all times;

iii. Immediately order a thorough and impartial investigation into the circumstances of their arrest and alleged torture, in order to identify all those responsible, bring them to trial and apply the penal and/or administrative sanctions as provided by law;

iv. Guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international humanitarian law and human rights standards.

Addresses:
  • His Excellency Lieutenant General Omar Hassan al-Bashir, President of the Republic of Sudan, President' s Palace, PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan. Fax: + 249 183 783223

  • Mr. Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Ministry of Justice, Khartoum, Sudan. Fax: + 249 183 788941

  • Mr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affair, PO Box 873, Khartoum, Sudan. Fax: + 249 183 779383

  • Dr. Abdelmuneim Osman Mohamed Taha, Advisory Council for Human Rights, PO Box 302, Khartoum, Sudan. Fax: + 249 183 770883

  • His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Mohamed Al- Hassan Ahmed Al-Haj, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sudan to the United Nations in Geneva, PO Box 335, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland, Fax: +4122 731 26 56, +41 22 716 19 70, E-mail: mission.sudan@ties.itu.int.

Please also write to the embassies of Sudan in your respective country.

Geneva, 2 June 2005

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.
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