Sudan: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the detention of lawyer Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki in Sudan

May 10, 2017

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the detention of lawyer Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki in Sudan.

Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki is a human rights lawyer known for providing legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses, youth and students in El Fasher in particular.

It has come to the Law Society’s attention that on December 27, 2016, the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (“NISS”) arrested Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki at her office in El Fasher, Darfur. Following her arrest, she was quickly relocated to Khartoum and deprived of all contact with her family. Authorities did not notify the Bar Association about her arrest as stipulated in the Sudanese Advocates Law. Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki continues to be held without charge and/or disclosure of the reasons for her detention, and with limited contact with her family.

The Law Society is deeply concerned about Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki’s situation and urges the Government of Sudan to comply with Sudan’s obligations under international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

Article 16 of the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers states:

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503798

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147503798&langtype=1036 (FRANCAIS)

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