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Sudan: Further information on legal concern / fear of torture: Habib Sarnoub al-Daw, Dr Ibrahim al-Amin, Fadlalla Burma Nasir, Siddiq Mohammed el-Tom, Ibrahim Ali Abdelgadir Fageer and his son El-Sadiq Ibrahim, Hamid Mohammed Hadid, Ahmed al-Mahdi, Mohamm

, Index number: AFR 54/012/1993

AI has received information that Dr Tayseer Mohammed Ahmed Ali, a lecturer in political science, was not amongst those named above who were arrested between 9 April and 16 April 1993.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 54/12/93
Distr: UA/SC
21 April 1993
Further information on UA 117/93 (AFR 54/11/93, 19 April 1993) - Legal
Concern/Fear of Torture
SUDAN:Habib Sarnoub al-Daw, ex-Member of Parliament
Dr Ibrahim al-Amin, ex-cabinet member
Fadlalla Burma Nasir, former State Minister
Siddiq Mohammed el-Tom, student
Ibrahim Ali Abdelgadir Fageer
and his son El-Sadiq Ibrahim
Hamid Mohammed Hadid, lawyer
Ahmed al-Mahdi, uncle of Sadiq al-Mahdi
Mohammed Abdel-Rahim and 20 others (names not known)
Mohammed Yussuf Hassan and nine others (names not known)
Amnesty International has received information that Dr Tayseer Mohammed Ahmed
Ali, a lecturer in political science, was not amongst those above who were
arrested between 9 April and 16 April 1993.
No further information is available on the other individuals above, reportedly
members of the Umma Party, whose leader, Sadiq al-Mahdi, was interrogated for
24 hours on 5 April 1993 after calling for a return to a multi-party political
system in Sudan. It appears that the individuals concerned have been arrested
on suspicion that members of the Umma Party were engaging in a plot against
the government.
Amnesty International is concerned that the above individuals have been arrested
solely for engaging in their internationally recognized fundamental right to
freedom of expression and association and considers them to be prisoners of
conscience. Amnesty International is also concerned that as they appear to
be suspected of opposing the government they are likely to have to undergo
intensive interrogation with a high risk of torture.
Appeals on behalf of Dr Tayseer Mohammed Ahmed Ali should no longer be sent,
although appeals on behalf of the others listed above should continue as set
out below.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or Arabic, or in your own language:
- expressing concern at the arrest between 9 and 16 April 1993 of the
individuals above who appear to Amnesty International to be prisoners of
conscience, that is people imprisoned solely because of exercising their
internationally recognised rights to freedom of expression and freedom of
association;
- expressing concern at their continuing detention without charge or trial
and fear that they may be subjected to torture;
- urging that they are being humanely treated, that their whereabouts in
custody be made public and that they have immediate and regular access to their
families, lawyers and any necessary medical attention;
- urging that they be immediately and unconditionally released.
Page 2 of FU 117/93
APPEALS TO
1) His Excellency Lieutenant General Omar Hassan al-Bashir
Head of State and Chairman of the National Salvation Revolutionary Command
Council
People's Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Lt Gen Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Khartoum, Sudan
Telexes: 22385 PEPLC SD or 22411 KAID SD
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) Brigadier-General al-Zubeir Mohamed Saleh
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Deputy Chairman of the
National Salvation Revolutionary Command Council
People's Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Brig-Gen al-Zubeir Mohamed Saleh, Khartoum, Sudan
Telexes: 22842 WZARA SD or 22604 IPOL SD
Salutation: Dear Deputy Prime Minister
3) Mr Abdullah Idris
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General
Ministry of Justice
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Minister of Justice Idris, Khartoum, Sudan
Telexes: 22459 KHRJA SD or
22461 KHRJA SD (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
1) Mr Jalal Ali Lutfi
Chief Justice
Law Courts
Khartoum, Sudan
2) Mr Ali Sahloul
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873, Khartoum, Sudan
3) Dr A. al-Mufti
Secretary of Human Rights Commission*
Khartoum, Sudan
* The Human Rights Commission is a government-backed body, nominally
independent, apparently created to counter what the government perceives as
hostile human rights propaganda.
and to diplomatic representatives of Sudan accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 2 June 1993.

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