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Sudan: Another lawyer arrested today: Huzefa Omer from Kasala, East Region

07/08/22

تصريح صحفي

إعتقال محامي

قامت القوات الأمنية بأعتقال الزميل المحامي /حذيفة عمر من داخل قاعات المحكمة بمدينة كسلا ويعد ذلك إنتهاك واضح وصريح لقانون المحاماة الذي يضم في فحواه ونصوصه بعدم القبض على اي محامي دون الرجوع الى النقابة لرفع حصانته اولا ومن ثم القبض عليه.

تكررت ظاهرة التعدي على المحامين والقضاة من قبل الشرطة والقوات الأمنية بصورة واضحة ، عليه نؤكد نحن في( محامو الطوارئ) بأنه لن نسمح ونصمت عن هذه الانتهاكات ضد المحاميين وسنقوم بمتابعة جميع الإجراءات لإطلاق سراح المحامي/ حذيفة عمر ونناشد جميع المنظمات الدولية لحقوق الإنسان بتسليط الضوء عليها وتسجيل جميع الانتهاكات التي تمت في حق الشعب السوداني .

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Sudan: Emergency Lawyer Saleh Bushra arrested and charged with murder of demonstrator

24/07/22

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2023126/middle-east

https://genevasolutions.news/peace-humanitarian/un-expert-on-sudan-calls-for-end-to-violent-crackdown-against-protesters

https://sudantribune.com/article259987/

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-emergency-lawyers-more-than-90-people-continue-to-be-detained-despite-lifting-of-state-of-emergency

Sudan: Darfur lawyers decry detentions in Sudan

26/01/22

The head of Sudan’s No to Oppression of Women initiative, Amira Osman, who has been detained (File photo: Supplied)

The Darfur Bar Association and its partners condemned the detention of Badreldin Siddig, lawyer and member of the resistance committee active in the Sheikh Abu Zeid neighbourhood adjacent to the Libya Market in Omdurman, and Abdelmajeed Arbab, Coordinator of the Libya Market Unit, and other activists.

In a statement yesterday, the lawyers also condemned the detention of nine medical staff members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Khartoum on Monday. The DBA described the detention campaign as “malicious and unjust”, and holds the military regime fully responsible for any harm or damage inflicted on them.

The authorities in Kadugli, South Kordofan, detained Azahir Mohamed on January 19 for publishing an article on her Facebook account about the army’s recruitment of minors in Kadugli, before releasing her on bail four days later.

She is one of the activists in South Kordofan who are circulating information on social media that the 14th Infantry Division command in Kadugli recruited hundreds of minors.

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https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/darfur-lawyers-decry-detentions-in-sudan

https://allafrica.com/stories/202201260574.html

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

Sudan: Rights lawyer brutally attacked in police station

30/12/21

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https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/internet-services-disrupted-sudanese-capital-ahead-protests-reuters-witnesses-2021-12-30/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/30/sudan-army-shuts-internet-seals-khartoum-before-anti-coup-rally

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/thousands-march-through-khartoum-in-protest-of-sudan-coup-125000773572

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211230-thousands-brave-sudan-lockdown-to-keep-up-anti-coup-protests

https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1286201/khartoum-quadrillee-et-coupee-de-ses-banlieues-avant-des-manifestations.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/afrique/20211230-nouvelle-journ%C3%A9e-de-manifestation-dans-un-soudan-coup%C3%A9-du-monde

Unknown forces threaten Darfur lawyer in Sudanese capital

30/12/21

Deputy head of the Darfur Bar Association, Nafeesa Hajar (File photo)

A group of men riding in a shaded vehicle blocked the car of Nafeesa Hajar, deputy head of the Darfur Bar Association (DBA), when she was heading home in Khartoum on Tuesday evening.

The group, whose identity was not revealed, threatened the lawyer if she and her colleagues would continue to provide legal aid to detained protesters and those who were sexually harassed and raped during the December 25 demonstrations.

The DBA said in a statement yesterday that more of its lawyers have been intimidated in the same way.

The Association stated that it will continue to do its work, which is “providing legal aid to those affected by human rights violations and championing rights and freedoms issues”.

The Darfur lawyers will submit a memorandum to the Attorney General requesting “to take these threats seriously as well as the criminal infringement that may result from them”.

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/unknown-forces-threaten-darfur-lawyer-in-sudan-capital

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/darfur-bar-association-16-people-raped-during-dec-25-sudan-demos

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/200-now-confirmed-dead-in-west-darfur-militia-attacks

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/rest-of-africa/un-reports-13-rape-allegations-during-sudan-protests-3660440

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/what-reinstating-sudans-prime-minister-means-for-the-country

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

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Sudan: Immediately Free Detainees; Halt Arrests

09/11/21

Sudanese security forces deployed during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.

Sudanese security authorities should immediately release people arbitrarily detained since the military takeover on October 25, 2021, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Security authorities should also cease further arbitrary arrests and stop using unnecessary, including lethal, force in response to peaceful protests.

From the early hours of October 25, security agents in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, detained at least 30 civilian political leaders, including six cabinet members. On the same day the army also detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and two days later placed him under house arrest. Permission from the military is required for anyone to meet with him while he is under house arrest. By midday, Lt. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the chairperson of the Sovereign Council – a collective presidency body of civilian and military leaders – announced to the media that he was installing a nationwide state of emergency and dissolving the cabinet and Sovereign Council.

“Over the last two weeks the military has resorted to its well-trodden and brutal tactics, undermining small but important progress on rights and freedoms that Sudanese from all walks of life have fought for,” said Mohamed Osman, Sudan researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The military should immediately free all those arbitrarily detained over the last two weeks and end all illegal detentions, including enforced disappearances, by the military.”

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Wagdi Salih, a lawyer and another prominent figure in the Committee for Dismantling the Former Regime, was also arrested on October 25. A family member authorized to speak on behalf of his family said that about 20 armed men in civilian clothes forced their way into Salih’s house around 4 a.m. and forcefully grabbed him from his bedroom while they held the guards in the house at gunpoint and handcuffed his son.

The family heard through social media that Salih and others were taken to the police federal investigations unit in Bahri, Khartoum North, and went to inquire about him. However, the police said he was not in their custody, and the office of the attorney general could not offer any information on Salih’s whereabouts either.

Under international law, when anyone is detained by state forces and their detention is either not acknowledged or the person’s whereabouts is concealed, placing them outside the protection of the law, this is an enforced disappearance. Enforced disappearances are forbidden in all circumstances.

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https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/11/09/sudan-immediately-free-detainees-halt-arrests

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/sudan-security-service-slaps-travel-ban-top-civilian-politicians-sources-2021-10-13/

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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