Document - Sudan: Sudanese student at risk of torture: Tajeldin Ahmed Arja

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UA: 11/14 Index: AFR 54/001/2014 Sudan Date: 14 January 2014

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sudanese student at risk of torture

Tajeldin Ahmed Arja has been detained incommunicado since 24 December 2013. He was arrested by the presidential security guards after openly criticizing both the Chadian and Sudanese presidents during a conference. He is at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Tajeldin Ahmed Arja, a 26-year-old student and blogger was arrested on 24 December 2013 during a conference in Khartoum, Sudan, where he openly criticized President Deby of Chad and President Bashir of Sudan, holding them responsible for the atrocities committed in Darfur. Tajeldin Ahmed Arja was immediately arrested by the presidential guards and is now being held in incommunicado detention. He is at risk of torture and ill-treatment.

Tajeldin Ahmed Arja attended a conference on the situation in Darfur that took place during President Deby’s visit to Khartoum. Tajeldin reportedly stood up at the start of the conference, where both the Sudanese and Chadian presidents were present, and criticized them. Witnesses told Amnesty International that eight security guards seized Tajeldin and took him out of the hall. His whereabouts are unknown to this day.

Tajeldin Ahmed Arja is from North Darfur. He was displaced with his family during the early years of the Darfur conflict. Since then, he has reportedly become critical of the Sudanese government and has written and blogged about the situation in Darfur.

Please write immediately in English, Arabic, or your own language:

Calling on the authorities to charge Tajeldin Ahmed Arja with a recognizably criminal offence or release him without delay;

Call on the authorities to immediately reveal Tajeldin Ahmed Arja’s location and to give him access to a lawyer of his choosing, to medical treatment and to his family;

Urge the authorities to ensure that Tajeldin Ahmed Arja is not subjected to torture or any ill-treatment.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 25 FEBRUARY 2014 TO:

President

HE Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir

Office of the President

People’s Palace

PO Box 281

Khartoum, Sudan

Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Justice

Mohamed Bushara Dousa

Ministry of Justice

PO Box 302

Al Nil Avenue

Khartoum, Sudan

Email: moj@moj.gov.sd

Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Minister of Interior

Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed

Ministry of Interior

PO Box 873

Khartoum, Sudan

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:

Name Address 1 Address 2 Address 3 Fax Fax number Email Email address Salutation Salutation

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

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sudanese student at risk of torture

ADditional Information

Amnesty International has documented the widespread use of prolonged incommunicado detention, torture and ill-treatment by

Sudanese security forces against protesters, activists and perceived political opponents, including kicking; beating with sticks, rubber hoses and fists; making detainees stand in scorching heat for days at a time; deprivation of food, water and sleep, and forcing detainees to adopt stress positions.

Name: Tajeldin Ahmed Arja

Gender m/f: m

UA: 11/14 Index: AFR 54/001/2014 Issue Date: 14 January 2014

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