Prisoner of Faith Update: Dr Hassan al-Turabi Released

Islamic Human Rights Commission

Prisoner of Faith Update: Dr Hassan al-Turabi Released

1 July 2005

IHRC welcomes the news that Prisoner of Faith Dr Hassan al-Turabi has been freed from prison by the Sudanese government. Dr al-Turabi was released on 30 June 2005 having being imprisoned without charge since March 2004. Dr al-Turabi’s opposition party, the Popular National Congress has also had the ban on it lifted and will re-open its Khartoum headquarters.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has also announced that he will lift the state of emergency across most of the country and release all political prisoners.

IHRC congratulates all campaigners for their tireless efforts in securing the release of Dr al-Turabi and calls upon them to maintain the pressure on the Sudanese government to keep good its promise to release all political prisoners.

As Dr al-Turabi told his supporters upon his release, his joy would be complete only if all \”the people for whom we sacrifice and get arrested were also free.\”

Please write to the following people to request the release of the remaining political prisoners.

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 and the ongoing crisis in Darfur with the Sudanese government.

British Foreign Secretary,
Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP
King Charles Street

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

For more information please contact,

Islamic Human Rights Commission
PO Box 598
United Kingdom

Telephone (+44) 20 8904 4222
Fax (+44) 20 8904 5183