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URGENT ALERT: Sudan: Darfur sympathisers detained without charge

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Sudan: Demand the release of Darfur sympathisers, Buthayna Mohamed Ahmed and Nourain Mohamed Yousif

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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5 August 2004

URGENT ALERT: Sudan: Demand the release of Darfur sympathisers, Buthayna Mohamed Ahmed and Nourain Mohamed Yousif

The IHRC is calling on all campaigners to contact the Sudanese government and demand that they release Ms Buthayna Mohamed Ahmed and Mr. Nourain Mohamed Yousif, who have been detained without charge since the 29th and 31st July respectively.

Background

On the 29th July 2004, the National Security Agency (NSA) in Nyala arrested Ms. Buthayna Mohamed Ahmed, 36 yrs, from the Fur tribe, a teacher and an activist in the Sudan Women Union, an organisation associated with the Sudanese government and the Popular National Congress. Ms. Buthayna was arrested from her house in Nyala at 1 pm and taken to the security offices in Nyala where she was detained for one day. On 30 July she was transferred to Nyala General Prison.

It is alleged that she was arrested because she made calls for peace and disarmament of the militias in Darfur through the Sudan Women Union in Nyala. Ms. Buthayna has been denied visits and no official charges have been brought against her.

In a separate incident, on 31 July 2004, the NSA in Nyala arrested Mr. Nourain Mohamed Yousif, 31 yrs, lawyer from the Zaghawa tribe. He was arrested from his office in Nyala at 11 am and taken to the security offices, where he is being detained. He faces no official charge and has been denied visits. He was arrested on suspicion of joining the armed opposition.

There are serious concerns that Ms. Buthayna Mohamed Ahmed and Mr. Nourain Mohamed Yousif may be at risk of torture as there have been several reports of torture during detention in Nyala.

Suggested Action

IHRC is extremely concerned about the physical and psychological health of Ms Buthayna and Mr. Nourain and calls on all campaigners to demand that their human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected. IHRC urges the Sudanese government to either try the detainees in a fair and impartial court of law or release them.

Please write to the following to express your concerns for the treatment Ms Buthayna and Mr Nourain. Please also demand that the government cease its policy of ethnic cleansing in the Darfur region.

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.

Sudan Organisation Against Torture (SOAT) is international human rights organisation established in the UK in 1993. For more information, please contact SOAT at

Argo House
Kilburn Park Road
London NW6 5LF, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7625 8055
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7372 2656
E-mail: soatsudan@btclick.com
Website: www.soatsudan.org


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