UA: 10/11 Index: MDE 12/003/2011 Egypt Date: 14 January 2011
DARFURI ASYLUM-SEEKER RISKS FORCIBLE RETURN
The Egyptian authorities reportedly intend to forcibly return Faisal Mohammed Haroun Suleiman
to Sudan, possibly as early as Sunday 16 January. If returned to Sudan, he would be at grave risk
of torture and an unfair trial leading to a possible death sentence.
Faisal Mohammed Haroun Suleiman, a Sudanese man from Darfur who fled to Egypt in 2004, was arrested on 7
January 2010 by Egyptian security forces in his shop in Cairo, Egypt.
Following his arrest, Faisal Mohammed Haroun Suleiman was held in incommunicado detention at the State
Security Investigations headquarters in Nasr City, Cairo, for almost three months. He had no access to his family or
a lawyer, despite requests by lawyers and rights groups to end his incommunicado detention.
His family was only allowed to see him three months later, although their visits continued to be limited afterwards.
He and 18 others were accused of weapons smuggling and human trafficking into Israel, a criminal offence which
may leave them open to charges in Sudan of dealing with an enemy state, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, or
espionage against the country, which can be punishable by the death penalty. The Egyptian Supreme State Security
Prosecution renewed their detention several times before dropping the charges on 26 December 2010. Despite their
charges being dropped, they continued to be detained in Qanater Prison, near Cairo.
Faisal Mohammed Haroun Suleiman was reportedly transferred to Al Khalifa Prison for deportation on 10 January
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English, Arabic or your own language:
Urging the Egyptian authorities not to forcibly return Faisal Mohammed Haroun Suleiman to Sudan;
Urging them to release Faisal Mohammed Haroun Suleiman unless he is promptly charged with a recognizable
criminal offence and given a fair trial in line with international standards;
Calling on them to uphold their international obligations under the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of
Refugees and the UN Convention against Torture and other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
Punishment not to forcible return anyone to a country where they would be at risk of torture and other serious
human rights violations.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 25 FEBRUARY 2011 TO:
Minister of Interior
Habib Ibrahim El Adly
Ministry of Interior
25 El Sheikh Rihan Street
Bab al-Louk, Cairo, Egypt.
Fax: +20 22 796 0682
Salutation: Dear Minister
Abd El-Megeed Mahmoud
Dar al-Qadha al-‘Ali
Ramses Street, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +20 22 577 4716
Salutation: Dear Counsellor
And copies to:
Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign
Affairs for Human Rights
Waed Abu al-Magd
Human Rights and International
Humanitarian and Social Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Corniche al-Nil, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +20 22 574 9713
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.