URGENT ALERT: Purge of Popular Congress party by the Sudanese Government

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Demand the release of members of the Popular Congress party who have been detained without trail.
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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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16th September 2004

URGENT ALERT: Purge of Popular Congress party by the Sudanese Government Demand the release of members of the Popular Congress party who have been detained without trail.

The IHRC is calling on all campaigners to contact the Sudanese government and demand that they stop the current clampdown and purge on the Popular Congress party, and also call the Sudanese government to release all those members of Popular Congress party and all other unjustly detained. A list of recent detainees from PCP follows.

IHRC is also highlighting the case of Suhaib Elamin. Please see below press statement from the family of Dr Elamin Mohammed Osman.

Background

This current clampdown has been the most violent ever since the establishment of the Popular Congress party in June 2000. Indeed while 2 detainees have been confirmed to have been tortured to death while in detention, unconfirmed reports are being received that another two detainees have also been murdered and another three detainees have been hospitalized. The range of arrests is widening day by day, whole neighborhoods in the capital have been cordoned off and house to house searches conducted. In at least two incidents where two wanted students were not found in their homes other innocent individuals were taken hostage so that their relatives or friends hand themselves in.

Suhaib Elamin:

Suhaib Elamin 27 years old and a student at the Sudan University of Sciences and Technology.

An armed group from the Sudanese security organs entered without permission the family home of Suhaib Elaim in the late hours of Tuesday 14th September 2004. They proceeded without presenting any permit and brandishing their weapons in the face of Dr Elamin's wife to search the house looking for the her son Suhaib Elamin, who was not at home during the incident. Two members of the group chased his brother Hamza who is 14yrs old to the first floor of the house and questioned him regarding the location of his brother.

When they failed to find any trace of Suhaib in the house they arrested his friend, Abdul Latif Abdul Raziq Satti, (who was visiting the family) they then ordered the astonished family members that he would only be released if Suhaib gave himself up to the security guard. Abdul Raziq was then released at 2 am Wednesday 15th September, he alleged that "he was slapped around the face a number of time”.

This is only one example of the number, the many harassment which Suhaib family have been subjected to in the past.

For example in June 2002 Suhaib's father Dr Elamin Mohammad Osman was arrested and was detained without trail, this was followed by his forcible removal from his post in a voluntary non governmental organization. Dr Elamin Mohammed Osman was forced to leave his country in the wake of those events.

List of those detained without a trial

The Popular Congress
List of Detainees Arrested as of 8th September 2004 onwards
Name Position Date of detention Place of detention
1. Ibrahim El Sanousi PC Leadership Council Member 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
2. Mohammed Elamin Khalifa PC External Relations Secretary 10/9/2004 Cooper Prison
3. Badruddin Taha Ahmed PC Economic Secretary 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
4. Adam El Tahir Hamdoun PC Khartoum State Secretary 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
5. Ibrahim Abdul Hafeez PC Financial Secretary 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
6. Omar Abdul Ma'arof PC Consultative Council Member 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
7. Siddig Al Ahmer PC Leadership Council Member 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
8. El Safi Nuruldin PC Consultative Council Member 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
9. Ahmed El Shein Al Wali PC Consultative Council Member 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
10. Abu Bakr Abdul Raziq PC Consultative Council Member 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
11. Al Khair Ali Khalaf Allah PC Activist 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
12. Mustafa Mohammed Madani PC Activist 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
13. Hafiz Ahmed Abdalla PC Activist 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
14. El Naji Abdalla PC Consultative Council Member 8/9/2004 Unknown
Reported to be injured due to torture
15. Awad Siddig PC Activist 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
16. Mahmoud Adaroub PC Activist 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
17. Khalid Osman PC Activist 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
18. Ibrahim Zayid PC Activist 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
19. Abdul Moniem Ali Bashir PC Khartoum Secretariat 8/9/2004 Security HQs
20. Ismail Al Azhari PC Khartoum Organization Secretary 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
21. Tilal Ismail PC Activist 8/9/2004 Security HQs
22. Salah Abdalla Ali PC Consultative Council Member 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
23. Daud Salih PC Khartoum Secretariat 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
24. Abdul Rahman Ibrahim PC Activist 8/9/2004 Cooper Prison
25. Shamsuldin Idris Students Secretariat 10/9/2004 Died in custody on night of detention due to fracture of skull, chest wall and left arm


Suggested Action

IHRC is extremely concerned about the current clampdown and calls on campaigners to write to the following to express their concern for the treatment Suhaib Elamin, his family and please also demand that the government cease its policy of purging the members of Popular Congress party, and other political opposition (for further information please see the Sudanese Organisation Against Torture report at:
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=1058)

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 Osman Mohamed Taha
First Vice-President
People\'s Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegram: First Vice-President, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax : + 249 11 771651 / 779977
Salutation: Your Excellency

Mr Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministry of Justice
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 11 771479
Salutation: Dear Minister

Mr Mustafa Osman Ismail
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Foreign Minister, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax : + 249 11 779383
Salutation: Dear Minister

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,
E-mail: mission.sudan@ties.itu.int.

Please also send letters to Jack Straw MP reminding him that he has a duty to raise this issue with the Sudanese government.

British Foreign Secretary,
Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP
FCO
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AA

or write to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in your country.

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