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.
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May 10, 2017
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:
March 6, 2017
Two Sudanese families are concerned for the continued detention of their daughters, a lawyer and an accountant, by the Sudanese security service, in the lingering case against the detained Dr Mudawi Ibrahim. University students held a protest against his detention on Sunday.
The father of lawyer Tasneem Ahmed Taha El Zaki, detained since 26 December, told Radio Dabanga that he has been inquiring with the Sudanese Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) what is the reason for his daughter’s arrest. He demands to be allowed to visit her. El Zaki is held in Khartoum. “The security apparatus has allowed me to visit her twice during the three months of detention.”
He added that she was transferred to the state security prosecution last week, where she was detained as a witness who had communication with the also detained human rights defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim.
Meanwhile Nazik Obeid, the sister of accountant Nura Obeid Osman, an accountant for a firm owned by Mudawi, told this station that their family managed to visit Nura for the first time 45 days after her arrest. A second visit was allowed two months after her arrest.
June 24, 2016
The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of human rights lawyer Nabeel Adib Abdallah in Sudan.
Nabeel Adib Abdallah is a prominent lawyer and rights activist. The Law Society has received reports that on 5 May 2016, Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agents raided Nabeel Adib Abdallah’s office, confiscating property and arresting several university students. The authorities have provided no justification for the raid and have not cited any specific charges, nor any other information about the removal of Nabeel Adib Abdallah’s property. It is unclear whether Nabeel Adib Abdallah himself was also arrested at the scene.
The raid came after the Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum reportedly shut down the university indefinitely and dismissed 17 students for their involvement in recent human rights demonstrations. The students went to Nabeel Adib Abdallah’s office in order to engage him to challenge the dismissal decision when they were arrested.
The Law Society of Upper Canada urges the government of Sudan to consider Articles 16 and 23 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
May 26, 2016
A number of lawyers on Wednesday organized protests in front of the Bar Association in Khartoum protesting the storming of the office of a laywer by security personnel and the arrest of a number of university students.
Security dispersed the protest and ripped down their banners and arrested lawyer Mohammed Hassan Mohammed.
The Chairperson of the Sudanese Bar Association issued a statement condemning the protest organized by the lawyers and vowed to hold those who organized the protest accountable.
Similarly, the families of detained students of University of Khartoum organized protests in front of the home of Vice Chancellor of the University carrying banners denouncing the arrest of their sons.
May 24, 2016
Sudanese national security officials have detained dozens of students and activists – many of whom are still in custody – without charge since mid-April 2016, during protests on university campuses.
Some have been held for more than a month. Others are held in locations that the government has not revealed, without access to lawyers or contact with family, putting them at increased risk of torture.
“Sudan is cracking down on activists, students, and even their lawyers, with abusive and thuggish tactics,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should put a stop to these tactics, immediately make the whereabouts of all detainees known, and release anyone being held without charge.”
The Sudanese government has repeatedly and violently cracked down on protests, including in September and October 2013, when security forces killed more than 170 protesters. Authorities have arbitrarily detained, tortured, and otherwise ill-treated detained protestors, including using sexual violence on female students.
May 13, 2016
Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues and 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.
On Thursday, May 5, 2016 the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agents raided and broke into the office of prominent lawyer and rights activist Mr. Nabeel Adib Abdallah and arrested several university students. No other information about the arrests, or removal of the property of Mr. Nabeel Adib Abdallah has been provided, nor has information about specific charges been provided. It is our view that Mr. Nabeel Adib Abdallah and the several students have been targeted with harassment and arrest because of activities relative to work in human rights and that this is part of the overall pattern of suppression and harassment of human rights activists in Sudan that we continue to document.
We note that the arrest and detention of these students violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Sudan is a party, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and other international law instruments binding on Sudan as a member of the United Nations.