ALERT UPDATE: Sudan: Hassan al-Turabi hospitalised after renewing Hunger Strike

ALERT UPDATE: Sudan: Hassan al-Turabi hospitalised after renewing Hunger Strike

Islamic Human Rights Commission

1st August 2004

ALERT UPDATE: Sudan: Hassan al-Turabi hospitalised after renewing Hunger Strike

Jailed Sudanese Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi has been admitted to hospital a week after renewing a hunger strike against his detention. Turabi was rushed to Khartoum hospital on the 25th July. He and dozens of other political prisoners ended their previous hunger strike on the 15th July but resumed it three days later after authorities failed to keep their promises to either try or release them.

Last week, 7 more members of the Popular Congress Party were released. This follows the release of 13 others in early July. Of the 78 members initially detained by the Sudanese government, 58 remain in prison. Officials said the releases were part of a periodic \\\”revision\\\” of individual cases, though Islamist sources said it was because of their deteriorating health as a result of the original hunger strike, begun on June 30.

Turabi and his party members were imprisoned last March on suspicion of conspiring to overthrow the regime and fuelling the war in the province of Darfur west of Sudan. No official charges have been filed.

Suggested action

IHRC calls on all campaigners to maintain pressure on the Sudanese government to release Hassan al-Turabi and the remaining political prisoners. Detainees are being kept in rat-infested cells and are being tortured. Turabi has been increasingly critical of the scorched earth policy adopted by the government in Darfur, where the United Nations says up to 50,000 have been killed and more than a million left homeless by clashes between the rebels and state-sponsored Arab militias.

Please write to the following people to demand the release of Hassan al-Turabi and other members of the PCP. Please also demand the Sudanese government cease its campaign of ethnic cleansing of the indigenous tribes in Darfur.

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
King Charles Street

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 (; 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

The UN

UN Security Council Resolution 1547:

UN Commission on Human Rights Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights E/CN.4/2005/3:

Sudan Human Rights Organization- Cairo Branch

Report 2003:

Human Rights Watch Reports

DARFUR DESTROYED Ethnic cleansing by Government and Militia forces in Western Sudan:

DARFUR IN FLAMES Atrocities in Western Sudan:

Amnesty International Reports

Sudan At the mercy of killers – destruction of villages in Darfur:
SUDAN1.2 million internally displaced people at risk in Darfur:
Sudan Darfur: Incommunicado detention, torture and special courts:

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