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Sudan Community Police beats up two women and lawyer in Khartoum

30/09/21

Lawyer and human rights defender El Fateh Hussein (FB page of Hussein)

Two women and a lawyer have been subjected to excessive violence by members of the Community Police in Khartoum on Monday afternoon. The No to Women’s Oppression Initiative and the Sudanese Women Union strongly condemned the incident.

The National Human Rights Commission reported in a press statement yesterday that members of the commission visited the women victims at the Community Police station in El Deim neighbourhood in Khartoum. One of the women sustained injuries on the face, the other complained about a back injury.

They did not see lawyer and member of No to Women’s Oppression Initiative El Fateh Hussein, as he was released later on Monday.

The Commission stated they will contact all concerned parties “to prevent impunity and to confirm Sudan’s commitment to fulfilling the requirements of the Convention against Torture”, which was recently ratified by the government. They welcomed the prosecutor’s promise to enable the two women to file a complaint, urging the speeding up of the procedures.

They further stressed the need “to amend the contents of 1991 Criminal Law, to bring them in line with international human rights conventions, in a manner that preserves dignity”.

Public Order police

El Fateh Hussein related on his Facebook account following his release on Monday evening that he was “severely beaten on the head, face, and ears by members of the Community Police (the Public Order Police)”.

He said that he saw men wearing civilian clothes beating up a woman “in her forties” in El Mashtal street at about 12 pm on Monday.

He reproached the men, yet they took her and threw her “like a bag” in a van. Another woman was treated in the same way. The policemen then continued to beat the women with a hose and kick them. They then threw the lawyer in the van as well, and punched him in the face and ears.

“They then took us to the office of the Public Order Police in El Deim, where they pushed the women towards the counter and entered me inside an office. I was severely beaten again and denied a phone call. They also refused to give me a Form 8*.   

After he was released, Hussein visited a doctor and went home. He said he hoped other human rights defenders would help them the following morning.

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https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-community-police-beats-up-two-women-and-lawyer-in-khartoum

https://allafrica.com/stories/202109300629.html

Sudan: Killing of Human Rights Defender Faisal Yousef Mohamed

29/01/21

Faisal Yousef Mohamed

On 17 January 2021, human rights defender Faisal Yousef Mohamed was killed in his house in El Genena city, West Darfur by unknown individuals from armed militant groups. Two of the human rights defenders brothers were murdered in the same incident.

Faisal Yousef Mohamed was human rights defender and paralegal training to become a lawyer. The human rights defender was a member of Hay El Ameerya resistance committee, a committee that frequently organises peaceful demonstrations to promote civil and economic rights in Sudan. Faisal Yousef Mohamed was a member of El Geneana Para Legal Network, a network of paralegals who offered legal assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) in refugee camps in West Darfur. One of his main areas of human rights work was helping IDPs who had been victims of human rights violation seek justice by connecting them with lawyers.

On 16 and 17 January 2021, Faisal Yousef Mohamed witnessed the outbreak of violent clashes between armed men from the Masalit and Arab communities which occurred near the Krinding Camp for Internally Displaced People in West Darfur. The human rights defender was working with IDPs at the time of the incident. These clashes reportedly resulted in the killing of approximately 160 people and at least 215 people were injured.

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https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/killing-human-rights-defender-faisal-yousef-mohamed

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1799541/middle-east

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sudan-darfur-government-promised-protect-scores-dead

South Sudan/UN: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

September 27, 2019

Organizations: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
Item: Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
Date: 16 September 2019
Speaker: Paul Scambler

Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), NGO in special consultative status

Mr. President,

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada thanks the Commission for its oral report. We share the Commission’s concern about the securitization of the state and the absence of accountability mechanisms in South Sudan.[1]

LRWC deplores the enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of lawyer and human rights activist Dong Samuel Luak and political opposition member Aggrey Idri, who were abducted from the streets of Nairobi in January 2017.[2] Both men were vocal critics of the South Sudanese government. In April 2019, the UN Panel of Experts on South Sudan reported that it has corroborated evidence strongly suggesting that these men were kidnapped by the National Security Service (NSS), transported from Kenya to Juba, and executed at an NSS detention facility in Luri on January 30, 2017.[3]

We are alarmed by the apparent cooperation of Kenya in the enforced disappearances of Mr. Dong and Mr. Aggrey, and by the failure of Kenya and South Sudan to impartially and thoroughly investigate these cases. Those responsible have not been held accountable and the families of the victims continue to be denied access to adequate remedies for the losses they suffered.

We call upon the Council to urge the Governments of Kenya and South Sudan to:

Sudan: Call to End the Repression and Persecution of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/human-rights-council-42-interactive-dialogue-on-south-sudan

https://www.miragenews.com/human-rights-council-42-interactive-dialogue-on-south-sudan/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southsudan-united-nations-rights/south-sudan-denies-kidnapping-executing-prominent-critics-idUSKCN1S742C

https://www.voanews.com/africa/un-panel-south-sudan-killed-activists

https://www.voanews.com/africa/demands-sanctions-global-links-south-sudan-war-exposed

https://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66958

Sudan: Must Read: ABA ROLI Partner, Abdelrahman Al Gasim, Delivers Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan to the African Commission

June 3, 2019

Lawyers, journalists, and human rights defenders in Sudan have faced arbitrary detention, torture, and death by Sudanese military and security forces for decades. These military and security forces are often shielded from prosecution. On April 11, 2019, after almost 5 months of civilian-led protests against the regime, the Bashir government was overthrown. 

Following this, ABA ROLI supported two members of the Darfur Bar Association to attend the 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) where they delivered a statement on the current human rights situation in Sudan. In short, the statement calls upon the ACHPR to support the demands of the Sudanese people of the government, to investigate the widespread human rights violations (particularly in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile States), and to support the release of persons detained by the former regime. 

The statement was delivered by Abdelrahman Al Gasim, who received the ABA International Human Rights Award in 2018. 

Joint Oral Intervention Presented by Mr. Abdelrahman Al Gasim on behalf of Al-Khatim Adlan Centre for Enlightenment, Darfur Bar Association, and Darfur Relief and Documentation Center

ACHPR 64th Ordinary Session April 24 – May 14, 2019, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

https://abaruleoflaw.blogspot.com/2019/06/must-read-aba-roli-partner-abdelrahman.html

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/demonstrations-all-over-sudan-during-the-weekend-protestors-hurt-in-el-obeid

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-protests-continue-leading-up-to-march-of-millions

https://allafrica.com/stories/201906240446.html

https://www.trtworld.com/africa/un-rights-chief-calls-for-halt-to-repression-sudan-unrest-27277

https://www.france24.com/fr/20190619-soudan-omar-el-bechir-procureure-cpi-remis-transfert-haye-onu-crime-humanite (FRANCAIS)

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Sudan: Lawyers and judges to protest in Khartoum May 14 /update 71

May 10, 2019

Democratic Alliance of Lawyers calls for lawyers and judges to protest in Khartoum on May 14; further opposition demonstrations likely

Sudan Country Report

The Democratic Alliance of Lawyers is calling on lawyers and judges throughout the country to protest in Khartoumon Tuesday, May 14, to demand the rule of law be reinstated. Demonstrators are being asked to gather on Abdel Moneim Mohamed Street, west of the Supreme Court buildings, starting at 13:00 (local time). Opposition organizations, including the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), are supporting the protest. The lawyers are also calling for judiciary reforms and for the right to fair trials to continue to be upheld by the courts. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected in the area.

Continuing demonstrations and associated clashes between protesters and security forces are to be expected in Sudan, particularly in Khartoum, over the coming days and weeks. Localized transportation and business disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites.

Context

President Omar al-Bashir was removed from office on April 11 following a military coup led by Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf. Following the formation of the Supreme Security Committee, Ibn Auf announced that the military had dissolved the government, suspended the constitution, and would rule the country for two years in a transitional government – known as the Transitional Military Council (TMC) – after which time fresh presidential elections would be held. However, Ibn Auf and his deputy resigned on April 12; Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan was later named the head of the TMC. Opposition leaders and the TMC have held negotiations over the composition of the council, although both sides have disagreed on the scope of the military’s role in the new government.

https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/229181/sudan-lawyers-and-judges-to-protest-in-khartoum-may-14-update-71?utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=229181&utm_source=push&utm_campaign=Crisis24

https://af.reuters.com/article/idAFKCN1SG0FX-OZATP?utm_source=34553&utm_medium=partner

https://www.sudaneseprofessionals.org/en/

http://sudanconsortium.org/

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article67487

https://africanarguments.org/2019/05/09/sudan-gives-confidence-bobi-wine-uganda-opposition/

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Sudan: Sudan Uprising – Public Marches Across Sudan, Darfur, White Nile

April 25, 2019

A protest march in Zalingei this month

For the third consecutive week, thousands of Sudanese have continued their sit-in outside the army general headquarters in Khartoum and other cities in the country to demand full handover of power to civilian government, the arrest of former regime figures and corrupt officials and bringing them to trial.

The pro-freedom marches have been ongoing in Khartoum, El Fasher and Zalingei in Darfur, Tendelti in White Nile state, Wad Madani in El Gezira state who came yesterday on buses to the sit-in in front of the General Command of the army in Khartoum, El Obeid in North Kordofan, Port Sudan in the Red Sea state, El Gedaref, Sennar state, Senga and El Damazin in Blue Nile State witnessed huge sit-ins in front of army units in these towns in support of revolution and protection of their gains.

Yesterday, the crowds of El Gedaref also moved to Khartoum in support of the protesters in front of the General Command while the sit-in in El Gedaref continued in front of the Second Infantry in the town.

Blue Nile

Yesterday lawyers in Blue Nile state launched a large demonstration to the sit-in place in solidarity with the decisions of the Declaration of the Forces of Freedom and Change.

The participants raised banners confirming that the Sudanese Professionals Association represents them and others saying yes for trying the corrupt, the rule of law and trying the criminals.

https://allafrica.com/stories/201904260043.html

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-uprising-public-marches-across-darfur-white-nile

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48069843

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/sudan-military-to-maintain-soverign-powers-1.63571984

https://www.sudaneseprofessionals.org/en/

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Sudan: Sudan judges march in Khartoum, join opposition protests

April 25, 2019

The rally outside Khartoum's army headquarters has continued for over two weeks despite the fall of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir

About 100 Sudanese judges demanding civilian rule marched on Thursday from the Supreme Court in Khartoum towards an opposition sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, joining anti-government protests for the first time, a Reuters witness said.

Wearing their black robes, some of the judges carried signs reading “judges for change” as they marched through central Khartoum, the witness said.

“Civilian, civilian, protected by the judiciary”, they chanted.

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition have been at loggerheads over how long it will take to move to civilian rule after the military removed Omar al-Bashir as president on April 11.

After ousting Bashir following months of protests against his 30-year rule, the military established the TMC to run Sudan for a period of up to two years.

Thursday’s march is the first by judges in Sudan since before Bashir took power in an Islamist-backed military coup in 1989.

“We demand reform of the judiciary until justice prevails and corruption is prosecuted,” appeals judge Abu al-Fattah Mohamed Othman told Reuters.

“We demand the removal of symbols of the former regime from the judiciary and the dismissal of the head of the judiciary to achieve justice.”

https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN1S121M-OZATP

https://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFS8N1ZL07Q

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1695266/huge-protests-outside-sudan%E2%80%99s-defense-ministry-judges-join-opposition

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-politics-khartoum/huge-crowds-join-sit-in-outside-sudans-defense-ministry-idUSKCN1S121A

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6958543/Sudan-braces-million-strong-protest-march.html

https://www.capital.fr/economie-politique/marche-du-million-prevue-a-khartoum-pour-maintenir-sur-les-militaires-1336255 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.france24.com/fr/20190425-soudan-khartoum-marche-million-opposition-militaires-bechir (FRANCAIS)

https://brignoles.maville.com/actu/actudet_-soudan.-accord-fragile-entre-militaires-et-civils-sur-la-transmission-democratique_une-3704651_actu.Htm (FRANCAIS)

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Sudan: 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest

April 25, 2019

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/330600/World/Region/Understanding-Sudan.aspx

https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/25/sudanese-judges-to-march-in-khartoum-judge

https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/africa/sudans-protesters-hope-cheerful-staying-power-will-oust-army/ar-BBWg2pM

Sudanese protesters delay naming of civilian government

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-uprising-public-marches-across-darfur-white-nile

https://www.africanews.com/2019/04/25/sudan-protest-hub-africanews-updates/

https://www.trtworld.com/africa/sudanese-protesters-prepare-to-march-with-a-million-people-26146

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-uprising-protest-marches-sit-ins-unabated

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/why-former-sudan-president-omar-al-bashir-must-not-escape-justice/

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/africa/2019-04-25/people-power-rising-africa

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Khartoum sit-in (File photo)

Sudan: Released Darfur lawyer tells of NISS torture

April 19, 2019

Detention cell in Sudan (file photo)

Darfur lawyer Salah Adam has claimed that he was subjected to torture in the cells of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in the South Darfur capital of Nyala, causing him to lapse into amnesia.

On Wednesday, Adam, who was arrested in February, was speaking at a press conference organised by Darfuri activists in Khartoum about Darfuri political detainees and prisoners of war. He said that he spent five days in under torture in the security cells of Nyala until he collapsed and lost his memory before he was moved to the infamous NISS premises “near the Shendi bus station” in Khartoum North.

He demanded that Colonel Ibrahim Taha, the deputy director of the security apparatus of South Darfur to be brought to justice for torture and others and his refusal to let him be medically treated.

Adam added that he was jailed with the Darfuri students who had been detained from El Doroshab area on January 4, and taken to “Shendi bus station”, known as the “the refrigerators detention centre”.

He pointed out that the eight students were chained and subjected to all kinds of torture and abuse to the extent they were scared of him even though introduced himself and assured them that he was from Darfur.

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/released-darfur-lawyer-tells-of-niss-torture

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-s-democratic-lawyers-alliance-to-probe-crimes-corruption-under-al-bashir-regime

Sudan/Egypt: 4 Sudanese lawyers denied visas by Egypt for African Commission for Human & Peoples’ Rights Session

April 19, 2019

The African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) 64th Session on and will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The host country’s embassies in Khartoum and Kampala refused to grant four Sudanese lawyers entry visas to participate: 1- Abdelrahman Mohamed Al Gasim /Kampala 2- Awad Basha Omer Kortikaila / Khartoum 3- Saeed Abdullah Sudan hubilla/ Khartoum 4- Nasreldein Musa Gomna Idris/ Khartoum This behavior has never happened at any previous session, all host countries are working hard to facilitate the travel of all participants.

http://www.achpr.org/sessions/64th_os/

http://www.achpr.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Commission_on_Human_and_Peoples%27_Rights

http://www.achpr.org/fr/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.achpr.org/ar/ (ARABIC)

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This week I am attending the 64 session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (#ACHPR64). A great number of defenders were unable to join us because they weren’t allowed to travel, could not obtain a visa from the Egyptian authorities or decided not to come for fear of reprisals. We have received more than 60 alleged cases of thiskind! This is not right!!! Human rights defenders should be able to participate in public life and to travel and participate in international meetings with international and regional organisations. These are rights enshrined in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

(UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst Facebook, 23/04/19)