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Sudan: Noura Hussein’s life is in danger again

September 4, 2018

Jewish World Watch received upsetting news last week that Noura Hussein is in trouble once again.  Her execution is not off the table, after all.

Noura, a 19-year old Sudanese girl, was sentenced to death in May for fatally stabbing her 35-year old husband, Abdel Rahman Mohamed Hammad, in self-defense.  She had been forced to marry him at the age of 15, and when she refused to consummate the marriage, he violently raped her while three of his male family members held her down.  The case shined a spotlight on the extreme gender-inequality in Sudan’s legal system, where the legal marrying age is 10, and forced marriage and marital rape are both legal.

JWW and our many constituents joined in the international outcry to save Noura’s life, setting the internet both inside and outside Sudan ablaze with demands for clemency. As a result, a Sudanese appeals court quashed the death sentence verdict, instead reducing Noura’s crime to manslaughter and giving her a five-year prison sentence, along with a fine for 337,500 Sudanese SDG (just under $19,000).

Jewish World Watch was instrumental in helping to save Noura from execution, utilizing diplomatic channels in partnership with strong advocacy from Congresswoman Karen Bass.  When the sentence was changed, we celebrated this small but powerful victory for women’s rights and the prevention of gender-based violence — a major weapon of war in all of the genocide and mass atrocity situations we monitor.

In recent weeks, Noura began to study law while serving her time at Omdurman Prison for women.  She even received a scholarship to attend the Open University of Sudan upon her release.  Other prisoners rallied around her, and efforts to change Sudan’s discriminatory laws seemed to be underway.

However, much animus continued to surround the case.  Noura’s family was forced to flee Khartoum for fear of reprisals.  Her defense team, led by Adil Mohamed Al-Iman, faced silencing and repeated threats.  Hammad’s family rejected the fine ordered by the appeals court and threatened publicly to kill a member of her family to avenge their son if the court maintains its refusal to hang Noura.  “Hussein was only a woman who had killed a man and women were not equal to men,” Hammad’s father told the daily al-Tayyar newspaper, when expressing that even her death would not be enough to balance the scales.

And, most alarmingly, The Guardian newspaper is reporting that the state prosecutor of Sudan is asking the constitutional court to overturn the latest ruling and to reinstate the death penalty.

https://www.jww.org/conflict-areas/sudan/upsetting-developments-in-the-case-of-noura-hussein/

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/aug/24/sudan-teen-who-killed-rapist-husband-faces-new-calls-for-death-penalty

Girl, 19, who stabbed husband as he raped her facing new calls for death penalty

http://fr.euronews.com/2018/08/08/au-soudan-une-feministe-veut-poursuivre-la-lutte-malgre-ses-deboires-judiciaires (FRANCAIS)

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Sudan: Death sentence quashed for teenager who killed rapist husband in Sudan

June 26, 2018

After international outcry, appeal court found Noura Hussein guilty of manslaughter and handed down a five-year sentence

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A young Sudanese woman facing execution for killing her husband as he tried to rape her has had her death sentence quashed.

Lawyers for 19-year-old Noura Hussein announced the news on Tuesday afternoon and said the verdict for premeditated murder had also been quashed.

The appeal court in Khartoum has found her guilty of manslaughter and has sentenced her to five years in prison.

As Hussein was told of the news, celebration broke out in the prison in Omdurman, as the women inmates began ululating.

Her supporters, who organised a petition on her behalf, said they were “elated” by the decision. Hussein, who was forced to marry at 16, had been sentenced to death by hanging. Hussein became the focus of a global campaign with a series of petitions in her support reaching a million signatures.

Activists said Hussein’s legal team had been harassed by authorities. Her lawyers were stopped from holding a press conference by state security last week.

Judy Gitau, a human rights lawyer for activist group Equality Now, in Nairobi, said: “We are very pleased that Noura has won the court appeal against her death sentence, and we celebrate it as a positive step for both her, and women and girls generally in Sudan. However, sentencing her to five years in prison and a fine for defending herself against her rapist is still not acceptable and we are looking at next steps to support her.”

Last week, Hussein’s lead attorney, Adil Mohamed Al-Imam, was barred from holding a news conference.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/26/death-sentence-quashed-for-teenager-who-killed-rapist-husband-in-sudan

https://www.nanopress.it/mondo/2018/06/27/noura-hussein-annullata-la-pena-di-morte-per-la-sposa-bambina-che-aveva-ucciso-il-marito-stupratore/211112/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/06/27/niet-de-doodstraf-maar-wel-vijf-jaar-cel-voor-noura-hussein-a1608217 (NEDERLANDS)

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Sudan: Lawyer for Sudanese teen who killed her rapist facing intimidation

May 16, 2018

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Five days after a 19-year-old Sudanese woman was sentenced to death for killing the man she was forced to marry, her lawyer was barred from holding a news conference amid an intensifying campaign of intimidation, activists told CNN.

 

Noura Hussein was imprisoned in Omdurman, Sudan, last year after fatally stabbing her husband, who she says raped her as his relatives held her down.
On Wednesday, Sudanese security forces came to the office of Hussein’s lead attorney, Adil Mohamed Al-Imam, just hours before he was due to brief the media on the latest developments in the case, activists said.
“The National Intelligence Security Services ‘NISS’ banned the press conference and ordered Noura’s defense team to cancel it,” Nahid Gabralla, director of SEEMA, a non-governmental organization working with victims and survivors of gender-based violence in the capital, Khartoum, said in a statement.
Women’s rights activist Amal Habani, coordinator of No Oppression Against Women Initiative Sudan, also confirmed that security forces came to Al-Imam’s office Wednesday morning. Both Habani and and Gabralla were in touch with Al-Imam on Wednesday.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/africa/sudan-noura-hussein-lawyer-intimidation-intl/index.html

http://www.weny.com/story/38203538/lawyer-for-sudanese-teen-who-killed-her-rapist-facing-intimidation

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/may/14/sudan-urged-pardon-teenager-facing-death-for-killing-husband-who-raped-her-noura-hussein

https://www.voanews.com/a/rights-groups-un-eu-sudan-to-spare-noura-/4399446.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/18/africa/activist-behind-noura-hussein-petition-intl/index.html

https://www.lrwc.org/sudan-immediately-cease-harassment-and-intimidation-of-adil-mohamed-al-imam-and-noura-husseins-legal-defence-team-letter/

http://www.uianet.org/en/content/sudan-%E2%80%93-justice-noura-hussein

http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2018/05/18/au-soudan-la-condamnation-a-mort-d-une-adolescente-suscite-l-indignation_5300944_3212.html (FRANCAIS)

https://information.tv5monde.com/terriennes/soudan-qui-sauvera-noura-hussein-mariee-de-force-violee-meurtriere-pour-survivre-et (FRANCAIS)

http://geopolis.francetvinfo.fr/soudan-l-europe-au-secours-de-nouracondamnee-a-mort-pour-avoir-tue-son-violeur-190001 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.stern.de/panorama/weltgeschehen/sudan–19-jaehrige-toetet-vergewaltiger-in-notwehr—dafuer-wird-sie-zum-tode-verurteilt-7980580.html (DEUTSCHE)

https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/mundo/nota/lacondenaronamuertepormatarasumaridocuandointentabaviolarla-2421653/ (ESPANOL)

http://notizie.tiscali.it/esteri/articoli/sudan-sposa-bambina-sara-impiccata/ (ITALIANO)

https://lenta.ru/news/2018/05/11/rape/ (RUSSIAN)

This is the photo for the 'Justice for Noura' campaign that is circulating on social media as well as the poster image for the petition on change.org in support of her.

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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.

https://allafrica.com/stories/201803100036.html

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-bans-ailing-nup-dba-leader-from-travelling-to-cairo

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802270266.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrests-human-rights-defenders-alongside-repression-killings-and-several-injuries-1

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:

https://www.lrwc.org/sudan-immediately-cease-and-remedy-arbitrary-detentions-of-mohamed-abdallah-el-doma-saleh-mahmoud-and-mohammed-al-hafiz-and-others-letter/

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802270266.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/arrests-human-rights-defenders-alongside-repression-killings-and-several-injuries-1

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.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080220.html

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/detained-darfur-bar-assoc-head-s-wife-demands-visiting-rights

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/darfur-bar-association-leader-still-detained-lawyers-concerned

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/activists-held-in-kordofan-khartoum-detainees-moved-to-darfur-prisons

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802050203.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201801300233.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201801310197.html

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802080495.html

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/sudan/2018/02/d24712/

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/meaningful-change-sudan-descent-chaos-180214090216308.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/22/sudan-prisoner-release-left-many-activists-behind

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Sudan_-_Soudan/2018/EN_HRL_20180226_Sudan_Arrest-and-detention-of-lawyers-Hanan-Hassan-Khalifa-Rawa-Gafar-Bakhit-Mohamed-Aldouma-and-Salih-Mahmoud-Osman.pdf

https://www.lrwc.org/sudan-immediately-cease-and-remedy-arbitrary-detentions-of-mohamed-abdallah-el-doma-saleh-mahmoud-and-mohammed-al-hafiz-and-others-letter/

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.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201802020786.html

http://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64629

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salih_Mahmoud_Osman