Amnesty International: Students Arrest in Darfur, 09 May, 2003


Students at the Zalingei University:
Hana Mohamed Ali (f)
Mawahib Ali (f)
Huda Da'wood (f)
Intisar Abdel Rahman Fadl (f)
Mohamed Al Hassan Rahma (m)
Mohammed Ahmed Khalid (m)
Da'wood Abdel Rhaman (m)
Abdel Azim Daw El Beit (m
Haythem Samba (m)
El Tayeb (m)
Tagelsir (m)
Al Noor (m)
Um Al Hassan Sharoofa (f)
Asha Sharoofa (f)

Hassan Harri   (m)
Ashraf Alhillo (m)

New names:
Muna Hassan (f)
Wafa Abdalla Yousif (f)
Safa Abdalla Yousif (f)
Hasana Abkr Gamoos (f)

On 6 May, a further four students, Muna Hassan, Wafa Abdalla Yousif, Safa Abdalla Yousif, Hasana Abkr Gamoos were detained by the security forces for their alleged involvement in public disturbances at Zalingei University in Western Darfur province. On the same day however, Hassan Harri and Ashraf Alhillo were released.

Other students arrested in connection with the 1 May disturbances have now been taken from the office of the Security Services in the town of Zalingei to the local jail where they were allowed visits from family members. Um Al Hassan and Asha Sharoofa, who were hospitalised for injuries sustained whilst reportedly being beaten by security personnel have also been transferred to Zalingei jail.

The 1 May disturbances by the students were reportedly over payment of grants, food and transport allowances. No investigation into these disturbances has yet occurred and the security forces are reportedly awaiting the arrest of all the students accused of taking part before beginning an investigation.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English or Arabic or your own language:

- welcoming the release of Hassan Harri and Ashraf Alhillo;

- but expressing concern over the continued detention without charge or trial of 18 students named above, from Zalingei university, Western Darfur province; - urging the authorities to open an independent investigation into reports of beatings of Um Al Hassan Sharoofa and Asha Sharoofa by members of the security and to bring the perpetrators to justice;

- calling on the authorities to abide by its commitments under Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and either charge the detainees with a recognizably criminal offence and give them a prompt and fair trial in accordance with international standards or set them free immediately.

APPEALS TO (Time difference = GMT + 2 hrs / BST + 1 hrs):

Mr Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministry of Justice
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegrams:      Justice Minister, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax:            00 249 11 799031
[Salutation:    Dear Minister]

Major General Abdul-Rahim Muhammed Hussein
Minister of Internal Affairs
Ministry of Interior
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegram:       Minister of Internal Affairs, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax:            00 249 11 774339 / 776554/ 773046 / 770186 / 777900
/ 773046 / 770186
[Salutation:    Dear Minister]

General Ibrahim Sulayman
Governor of North Darfur
c/o People's Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegram:       Governor of North Darfur, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax:            00 249 11 771651/783223
[Salutation:    Dear Sir]

Mr Mustafa Osman Ismail
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873
Khartoum, Sudan
Telegram:       Foreign Minister, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax:            00 24911 779383
[Salutation:    Dear Minister]

Abdin Mohammad Osman, Embassy of Sudan, 3 Cleveland Row, St
James's, London SW1A 1DD. Fax: 020 7839 7560

Dr Yasir Sid Ahmed
Advisory Council for Human Rights
PO Box 302
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax:            00 249 11 779173 / 770883

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please do not send appeal 20 June  2003.

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