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Darfur: Incommunicado Detention and Torture of alleged SLA Sympathisers

9/13/2005 5:17pm


Sudan Organisation Against Torture

Human Rights Alert: 13 September 2005

Darfur: Incommunicado Detention and Torture of alleged SLA Sympathisers

On 13 August 2005, officers from the Military Intelligence arrested three men from their homes in Zalingei, Southern Darfur State on suspicion of supporting the rebel opposition group, Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). The men were taken to the military intelligence custody centre in Zalingei where they remain in detention and are facing no charges. The details of the detainees are as follows:

1. Issa Fadul Dawalbeit, (30 yrs), Fur tribe, Farmer

2. Ramadan Altahir Ateam, (19 yrs), Fur, Driver Assistant

3. Mohamed Zakarea Hassan, (35yrs), Fur, Farmer

According to the detainees’ families who were initially allowed to visit them, the detainees have been subjected to torture and sustained serious injuries. The detainees have reportedly been beaten with water hoses, kicked with feet, flogged and beaten with hands all over their bodies. The detainees’ families are now denied access.

After the family reported the incident to SOAT’s partner organisation, the Amel Medical Centre for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims in Nyala, SOAT’s network of lawyers in Zalingei submitted an application to the Security Committee in Zalingei Province requesting access to the detainees to provide legal assistance. The Committee rejected the application and denied the lawyers access to the detainees

SOAT expresses fears for the safety of the detainees and calls upon the government of Sudan (GoS) to ensure that the men are allowed access to medical treatment, to legal counsel and to give assurances that they will not be subjected to further torture or ill-treatment.

SOAT strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of these men and calls on the government of Sudan to:

Investigate the arrest and torture of all the detainees and ensure that the perpetrators are brought before an impartial tribunal and guaranteed procedural rights at all times;
Take all necessary measures to ensure the physical and psychological integrity of all the detainees;
Immediately release all the detainees in the absence of valid legal charges, or if legitimate charges exist, bring them before an impartial tribunal and guarantee procedural rights at all times;
Allow all the detainees immediate access to legal advice; to their families and to medical treatment;
Immediately cease its campaign of intimidation and harassment of persons in the Darfur region and to respect international humanitarian law and to end impunity for crimes committed by the government security forces;
Guarantee the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of association throughout Sudan in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards;

The above recommendations should be sent in appeals to the following

His Excellency Field Marshal Omar Hassan al-Bashir
President of the Republic of Sudan
President' s Palace
PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 783223

His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit

First Vice-President
People's Palace

PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 771025

His Excellency Ali Osman Mohamed Taha
People's Palace

PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 771025

Mr. Mustafa Osman Ismail
Minister of Foreign Affairs/External Relations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 779383

Dr. Abdelmuneim Osman Mohamed Taha
Advisory Council for Human Rights
PO Box 302
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 770883

Permanent Representative:

His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Elhassan Ahmed Elhaj


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