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Sudan: Govt Bans Ailing NUP/DBA Leader From Travelling to Cairo

March 9, 2018

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On Thursday the security services banned lawyer Mohamed Abdellah El Doma, the co-president of the National Umma Party (NUP) and chairman of Darfur Bar Association (DBA) from traveling to Cairo for medical treatment, and confiscated his passport.

El Doma, who spent more than a month in detention, told Radio Dabanga that on Thursday as he was on his way to Cairo for treatment after completing all the travel procedures. “One of the security personnel informed me I was banned from travelling on orders from senior authorities and confiscated my passport.”

He asserts that this procedure is considered a violation of the right to travel and treatment that will affect his health which, he said, was already deteriorating when he was detained.

In a statement, the NUP strongly condemned the banning after more than a month of detention and the confiscation of his passport without legal justification.

The NUP said that the health situation of El Doma requires urgent medical follow-up, especially since he had already undergone surgery and received treatment in Cairo during the past three months and that the period of detention under extremely harsh conditions in Shala prison has doubled his suffering from back pain.





Sudan: Immediately Cease and Remedy Arbitrary Detentions of Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, Saleh Mahmoud, and Mohammed Al-Hafiz and Others | Letter

February 15, 2018

(Lawyer Mohamed Abdallah El Doma)

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers, students and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues. We also engage in legal research and education about international human rights law. I am a lawyer and a partner of a law firm in Canada, Cohen Highley LLP, and I am writing to you to ask that you intervene with respect to proceedings involving the above named individuals.

On January 17, 2018, Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, the co-vice-president of the National Umma Party (NUP) and the chairman of the Darfur Bar Association, was arrested in Omdurman.

On February 1, 2018. Saleh Mahmoud, a lawyer and human rights defender as well as a member of the Central Committee of the Sudanese Communist Party, was arrested from his office in Khartoum.

Mohammed Al-Hafiz, a lawyer, was arrested in Khartoum at approximately 9:30 PM when security forces raided a meeting of opposition leaders.

The whereabouts of these men, along with roughly 40 others, is unknown. They have no access to counsel or family. They have not been formally charged with anything. They have been held incommunicado; denied access to medicine; subjected to torture, harsh conditions, verbal abuse and physical abuse.

We are concerned about the prolonged detention, in most cases incommunicado, of individuals under NISS custody feared to have been abused or at risk of abuse as well as those of advanced age with serious health conditions. The lack of access to lawyers and family members for the detainees, together with the well-documented use by the NISS of torture and other forms of ill- treatment against detainees, particularly whilst held in unknown locations, gives rise to serious concerns for their safety.

LRWC urges the authorities of South Sudan to do the following:




Sudan: Detained Darfur Bar Assoc. Head’s Wife Demands Visiting Rights

February 7, 2018

Darfur Bar Association chairman Mohamed Abdallah El Doma (file photo).

The wife of the detained lawyer Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, co-vice-president of the National Umma Party (NUP) and the chairman of the Darfur Bar Association, has demanded the security authorities reveal her husband’s place of detention and allow her to visit him.

Maryam Abakar Mohamed told Radio Dabanga that since El Doma’s arrest on January 17 in Omdurman, she has not known where he has been held nor been allowed to visit him.

She said she was worried about his health as he is suffering from cartilage and blood pressure.

She said there has been undocumented information indicating that they had transferred him to Zalingei in Central Darfur and then to El Fasher in North Darfur.

She said she had made several requests for a visit but had not yet received a response from the security apparatus which had declined to reveal his whereabouts.

She appealed to the security services to reveal the whereabouts of her husband to enable her to meet him.















Sudan: NISS Detains Dozens During Khartoum Protest

February 2, 2018

Opposition parties reported that more than 40 people were or remain detained against the backdrop of a large demonstration in Khartoum North on Wednesday. Another leading opposition member has been placed under arrest.

Groups of the opposition, civil society, youth and women planned a peaceful march against the soaring prices of food and medicines in Sudan at El Shaabi Square in Khartoum North on Wednesday. Police in riot gear and columns of vehicles blocked the perimeter of El Shaabi Square and confronted protesters in the surrounding streets using tear gas and vehicle charges.

Yesterday, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested Maj.-Gen. Fadlallah Burma Nasir, the co-vice-president of the National Umma Party, from his house in Khartoum. Lawyer and human rights defender Saleh Mahmoud, a member of the the Communist Party, was arrested in his office in Khartoum.





Sudan: ‘There’s no personal freedom in Sudan,’ says rights lawyer

February 1, 2018

Tasneem El-Zaki: hopes to return to Sudan next month to continue her work defending women living in rural Darfur. Photograph: Front Line Defenders

In December 2016 Tasneem El-Zaki was arrested and put into isolation in a Sudanese prison for three months. The human rights lawyer was 28 years old at the time and underwent torture during her time in jail. Her crime? Defending the rights of a group of women who had been raped in Darfur.

El-Zaki, who comes from the city of Al-Fashir in the country’s western Darfur region, knew the risks involved when she decided to study law and specialise in women’s and young people’s rights. While at university she proposed to write her Masters thesis on war crimes committed by the Sudanese government. Her professors advised against the project and she chose a different topic.

Working as a lawyer defending the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in Sudanese society means El-Zaki lives with the daily fear of arbitrary arrest and detention. Like El-Zaki, many of her colleagues have been imprisoned in isolation without access to legal representation since the crackdown on civil society began after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against the country’s president, Omar Al Bashir, in 2009.





Sudan: ‘Human Rights Violations in Sudan Continue’ – Huqooq

July 17, 2017

According to a new report of the Sudanese Rights Group Huqooq, the violations of human rights in the country remain alarming.

In its report released today [attached below] about the human rights situation in Sudan in June, Huqooq documented violations in Khartoum, White Nile state, eastern Sudan, and Darfur.

The rights violated include freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and freedom of association, the report reads.

Use of excessive force, arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment in detention were committed by members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the police, the public order police, and the newly formed university police.

Excessive force

In Port Sudan, policemen beat, insulted, and detained lawyer Salwa Abdelhameed on 1 June, when she visited the El Awsat police station for a follow-up concerning a client. When she protested being called ‘you woman’, policemen slapped her, “kicked her with their boots, and punched her on her face, stomach, and back, and insulted her with indecent language”. When she wanted to file a complaint, she was detained in a police cell until the next day.




Sudan/South Sudan/Kenya: Immediately Release Disappeared Lawyer Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri | Letter

June 1, 2017

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers, students and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues. We also engage in legal research and education about international human rights law.  I am a lawyer and a partner of a law firm in Canada, Cohen Highley LLP, and I am writing to you to ask that you intervene with respect to proceedings involving the above named individuals.

Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist went missing the night of January 23, 2017.  Aggrey Idri, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Operation (SPLM-IO) went missing on January 24, 2017.  The two men were taken to a prison facility at the NSS headquarters in Juba, South Sudan and were removed from this facility on January 27th.  Their current whereabouts and fate are unknown.

Sources have advised that both men were detained by the Kenyan authorities and were at risk for deportation.  When a habeas corpus application was filed on January 27th on their behalves, the Kenyan High Court ordered an investigation into their whereabouts.  The confirmation that both men were in Juba and the custody of South Sudanese authorities indicates that they were illegally removed from Kenya.

Dong Samuel Luak was a registered refugee with the office of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Convention Against Torture prohibits the return of people to places where they risk being subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.   If he was deported by Kenyan authorities, this action would be a violation by Kenya of the non-refoulement principle under the 1951 Refugee Convention.