ALERT UPDATE: Sudan: 13 Popular Congress Party members released - Keep up the Pressure

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Following the release of 13 members of the Popular Congress Party this week, pressure must be maintained on the Sudanese government to release remaining the 66 PCP political prisoners and all unjustly held detainees.

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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21 July 2004

ALERT UPDATE: Release of Prisoners in Sudan

1. Release of 13 political prisoners
2. Hunger strike stopped
3. Suggested action
4. Further resources


1. Release of 13 political prisoners

News has emerged that 13 of the 78 members of the Popular Congress Party being detained by the Sudanese government have been released. They are as follows: Omar Abdul Maarof, Osama Ilyas, Hassan Khalifa, Hassan Satti, Siddig Abdul Wahid, AlTayeb Abdul Gadir, Zuhair Hamid Sulieman, Yasir Saad Waness, Dr Seiffuddin Mohammed Ahmed, Hamid Hamza, Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Ahmed, Al Toum Hassaballah, Tariq Mahjoub.

2. Hunger strike stopped

Dr Al Turabi and the remaining detainees have all ended their hunger strike as of 15 July 2004.

3.Suggested action

Thank you all for your efforts - clearly, they have not been wasted. We urge you to keep up the pressure on the Sudanese government since there remains a lot more which must be done. Most notably, the leader of the opposition party, Dr Hasan Al-Turabi, is still being detained, as are 64 other members of the PCP, in rat-infested cells. Dr Turabi is 73, his health is in critical condition and authorities have refused to move him into hospital care. Other detainees include professionals and students, many of whom have been tortured or are suffering from infection or disease. They have been in jail since April 2004 for their political dissent.

Dr. Turabi and the members of his party have been imprisoned for inter alia, speaking out against the atrocities being committed by the Sudanese government against the indigenous people in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Please write to the following addresses expressing your concern for the treatment of the people of Darfur as well as of all Sudanese prisoners of faith and conscience.

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

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

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

Dr Nafie Ali Nafie
Minister of Federal Government
Office of the Presidents People\'s Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Federal Government Minister, Khartoum, Sudan
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

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.

4. Further resources

For further information on Darfur, please see the earlier alerts on the IHRC website (www.ihrc.org); the report by the Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC) (in the articles section of this website); the report of the Sudanese Organisation Against Torture (SOAT) (which can be accessed by clicking on the following link http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=1058).

The UN

UN Security Council Resolution 1547:http://ods-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N04/386/26/PDF/N0438626.pdf?OpenElement

UN Commission on Human Rights Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights E/CN.4/2005/3: http://ods-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G04/142/21/PDF/G0414221.pdf?OpenElement


Sudan Human Rights Organization- Cairo Branch

Report 2003: http://www.shro-cairo.org/reports/04/hr03.doc


Human Rights Watch Reports

DARFUR DESTROYED Ethnic cleansing by Government and Militia forces in Western Sudan: www.hrw.org/reports/2004/sudan0504/

DARFUR IN FLAMES Atrocities in Western Sudan: www.hrw.org/reports/2004/sudan0404/


Amnesty International Reports

Sudan At the mercy of killers - destruction of villages in Darfur: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAFR540722004?open&of=ENG-SDN
SUDAN1.2 million internally displaced people at risk in Darfur: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAFR540782004?open&of=ENG-SDN
Sudan Darfur: Incommunicado detention, torture and special courts: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAFR540582004?open&of=ENG-SDN


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