Document - Sudan: Sudanese student activist detained: Haidar Mahmoud Abderrahman Manis

URGENT ACTION

UA: 102/12 Index: AFR 54/015/2012 Sudan Date: 5 April 2012

URGENT ACTION

SUDANESE STUDENT ACTIVIST DETAINED

On 28 March, student activist Haidar Mahmoud Abderrahman Manis was arrested by security forces in Khartoum North, Sudan. He is being detained in an unknown location, and has no access to his family or a lawyer. He is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Haidar Mahmoud Abderrahman Manis was arrested in the Setta Haj Youssef market in Khartoum North, on the outskirts of Sudan’s capital Khartoum. According to a witness, he was at the market with a friend when four men in civilian clothing arrested him and took him away in a car believed to belong to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). His family have not been told of his whereabouts or well-being, and he has not had access to a lawyer. He had allegedly given speeches on a number of campuses in recent days on the situation in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. He is at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.

Haidar Mahmoud Abderrahman Manis is from the town of El Fashir, in North Darfur. He is an activist within the Darfur University Students’ Association. He may have been detained solely for peacefully expressing his political opinions, in which case he is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

Please write immediately in Arabic or your own language:

Calling on the authorities to release Haidar Mahmoud Abderrahman Manis immediately and unconditionally, if he is being held solely due to his peaceful expression of his political opinions, or otherwise charge him with a recognizably criminal offence and ensure he is tried promptly in proceedings that meet international standards;

Urging the authorities to ensure that Haidar Mahmoud Abderrahman Manis is not subjected to torture or otherwise ill treated;

Calling on the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Haidar Mahmoud Abderrahman Manis and grant him immediate access to his lawyer, family and any medical treatment he may require;

Calling on the Sudanese government to immediately stop the harassment and intimidation of activists in Sudan and to respect their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

P LEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 17 MAY 2012 TO :

Minister of Justice

Mohammed Bushara Dousa

Ministry of Justice, PO Box 302

Al Nil Avenue

Khartoum, Sudan

Fax: +249 183 764 168

Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Interior

Ibrahim Mohamed Hamed

Ministry of Interior

PO Box 873

Khartoum, Sudan

Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

President

HE Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir

Office of the President

People’s Palace PO Box 281

Khartoum, Sudan

Fax: +249 183 770 621

Email: info@sudan.gov.sd

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

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

URGENT ACTION

SUDANESE STUDENT ACTIVIST DETAINED

ADditional Information

Inspired by protests throughout the Middle East and North Africa which began in Tunisia at the beginning of January 2011, hundreds of demonstrators throughout Sudan have taken to the streets calling for democracy and an improvement to their socio-economic conditions. The police and the NISS in Sudan responded by frequently arresting and ill-treating peaceful demonstrators. Student movements and organizations are regularly targeted by the NISS.

The crackdown on freedom of expression in Sudan continues as the authorities attempt to silence dissent and limit access to information. Since early 2011 there have been increased restrictions on freedom of expression imposed by the NISS, which has resulted in the ongoing harassment and intimidation of individuals who speak out against the government.

The NISS maintain broad powers of arrest and detention under the 2010 National Security Act, which allows suspects to be detained for up to four and a half month without judicial review. National security officials often use these powers to arbitrarily arrest and detain individuals, and to subject them to torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Under the same Act, NISS agents are provided with protection from prosecution for any act committed in the course of their work, which has resulted in a pervasive culture of impunity.

Amnesty International has documented numerous cases of arbitrary arrest, detention, and torture or other ill-treatment by the NISS.

Name: Haidar Mahmoud Abderrahman Manis

Gender m/f: Male

UA: 102/12 Index: AFR 54/015/2012 Issue Date: 5 April 2012

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