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Sudan: Fear of torture / possible prisoners of conscience

, N° d'index: AFR 54/001/1997

Abdel Nabi Ali Ahmad, former regional governor and university lecturer, Adam Yousif, member of the Ansar religious order, Fadl al-Nur Jabir, senior member of the Umma Party, Fadlalla Burma Nasir, former government minister, Hashim Awad Abdel Magid, lawyer: Five senior members of the banned Umma Party are reported to have been detained incommunicado without charge or trial in Khartoum. There is concern that they are at risk of torture and ill-treatment and that they may be prisoners of conscience. They were reportedly arrested in late December 1996/early January 1997. It is believed that they are being held as punishment for the political activities in exile of Sadiq al-Mahdi, the leader of the Umma Party, who escaped from Sudan in mid-December 1996.

EXTERNAL AI Index: AFR 54/01/97
UA 08/97 Fear of torture / Possible prisoners of conscience 10 January 1997
SUDANAbdel Nabi Ali Ahmad, former regional governor, university lecturer
Adam Yousif, member of the Ansar religious order
Fadl al-Nur Jabir, senior member of the Umma Party
Fadlalla Burma Nasir, former government minister
Hashim Awad Abdel Magid, lawyer
Five senior members of the banned Umma Party are reported to have been detained
without charge or trial in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital. They are believed to
be in a security service-run section of Kober Prison. Their families have
been denied access to them. Amnesty International fears that the five are
at risk of torture and ill-treatment and is concerned that they may be prisoners
of conscience.
Abdel Nabi Ali Ahmad, Governor of Darfur before the 1989 coup and currently
a university lecturer, Adam Yousif, a member of the committee running the
organizational affairs of the Ansar order of Islam, and Fadl al-Nur Jabir,
a member of the Political Bureau of the Umma Party, were reportedly arrested
in late December 1996. Fadlalla Burma Nasir, a government minister before
the current government seized power in a military coup on 30 June 1989, and
Hashim Awad Abdel Magid, a lawyer, were detained on 4 January 1997.
A number of other prominent Sudanese citizens were arrested around the same
time; they were released after 24 hours in detention. It is thought that the
five men are being held as punishment for the political activities in exile
of Sadiq al-Mahdi, the former Prime Minister of Sudan and leader of the Umma
Party, who escaped from Sudan in mid-December 1996.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Anyone detained by the Sudanese security authorities is at risk of ill-treatment
and torture, in particular during interrogation in security offices. In the
past the authorities have blamed torture and ill-treatment on undisciplined
security officials. Amnesty International's information, however, is that
torture and ill-treatment in security force custody are systematic.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/express/airmail letters in
English, Arabic or your own language:
- expressing concern at the detention without charge of the above men, who
may be prisoners of conscience imprisoned for their suspected opposition to
the Sudan Government;
- seeking assurances that the detainees are not being tortured or ill-treated;
- urging that they be given immediate and regular access to their families,
legal representatives and any necessary medical attention;
- appealing for them to be released if they are not to be charged with
recognizably criminal offences and brought promptly to a fair trial.
APPEALS TO:
1) His Excellency Lieutenant General Omar Hassan al-Bashir
President of the Republic of the Sudan
People's Palace
PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Lt Gen Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Khartoum, Sudan
Salutation: Your Excellency
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2) Mr 'Abd al-Basit Sabdarat
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministry of Justice
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Minister of Justice 'Abd al-Basit Sabdarat, Khartoum, Sudan
Telexes: c/o 22411 KAID SD or 22604 IPOL SD
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) Mr Ali Osman Mohamed Taha
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams: Foreign Minister Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, Khartoum, Sudan
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
1) Mr Obeid Haj Ali
Chief Justice
Supreme Court
Khartoum, Sudan
2) Mr Ahmad al-Mufti
Secretary
Advisory Council for Human Rights
PO Box 302
Khartoum, Sudan
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 28 February 1997.

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