Document - Sudan: Activist seized moments after release: Rudwan Dawod


UA: 238/12 Index: AFR 54/038/2012 Sudan Date: 16 August 2012



Rudwan Dawod was released on the orders of a judge on 13 August, only to be seized immediately by Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS). His whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Sudanese activist Rudwan Dawod is a co-founder of the prominent youth group Girifna (‘We’re fed up”), which has been involved in the recent wave of demonstrations criticizing the Sudanese government. Rudwan Dawod, a US resident, returned to Sudan in June 2012 to visit family. He was arrested on 3 July, along with student activist Ahmed Ali “Kawarti”, by the NSS in the capital, Khartoum, while taking part in a peaceful protest. The NSS charged both activists with terrorism under Article 65 of the Sudanese Criminal Code, which can carry the death penalty. Amnesty International has reason to believe Rudwan Dawod was tortured while in NSS custody, including with severe beatings and sleep deprivation; and that NSS agents repeatedly threatened him with rape.

On 13 August, a criminal court judge acquitted Rudwan Dawod of the terrorism charges, sentencing him instead to a fine for “attempting to disturb the public peace”, a minor offence with which many protestors in Sudan have been charged in recent months. As soon as he left the court, Rudwan Dawod was seized by NSS agents and taken to an undisclosed location where he has since been held incommunicado. His whereabouts are unknown.

Please write in Arabic, English or your own language, calling on the authorities to:

Take urgent steps to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Rudwan Dawod;

Immediately disclose his whereabouts and enable contact with his family, prompt and regular access to medical attention, and a lawyer of his choice.

Ensure Rudwan Dawod is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment;

End the harassment of peaceful activists and respect the rights to freedom of expression and opinion, association and peaceful assembly, as enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Sudan is a party.



HE Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir

Office of the President

People’s Palace

PO Box 281




Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Justice

Mohammed Bushara Dousa

Ministry of Justice

PO Box 302

Al Nil Avenue


Salutation: Your Excellency

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Minister of Interior

Ibrahim Mohamed Hamed

Ministry of Interior

PO Box 873



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ACTIVIST SEIZED moments after release

ADditional Information

Inspired by protests throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Sudan has experienced frequent demonstrations since January 2011, calling for political change and an improvement in socio-economic conditions. In response the Sudanese authorities have frequently harassed, arrested and ill-treated peaceful protestors.

Since the latest demonstrations began on 17 June 2012, the Sudanese authorities have arrested and detained scores of activists, bloggers and journalists in an attempt to stifle dissent and reporting on the protest movement, in violation of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

The protest movement, dominated by student activists groups such as Girifna (“We’re fed up”) and Sharara (Youth for Change) has up till now been centred around universities in Khartoum and its neighbouring cities, Omdurman and Khartoum North. However, demonstrations have also been reported in provincial universities, notably Blue Nile University in Damazin, as well as in residential areas of the capital.

Name: Rudwan Dawod

Gender m/f: M

UA: 238/12 Index: AFR 54/038/2012 Issue Date: 16 August 2012

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