Sudanese Rights Group (Huqooq)
Human Rights Monitoring 1st -14th June 2016 7th Report-Sudan
- On the 6th of June 2016, Sudan Scholars Association inquired the Minister of Justice ,Awad Hassan Al-Noor, through an official letter on his statement about the existence of legislations that violate and contradict with the international laws and standards. The association announced its willingness to discuss doctrinal issues with the specialized institutions (such as stoning and apostasy), the association has rejected the adoption of international conventions as a reference and source of the national legislations and pointed out that the Islamic Sharia is the main guarantor of achieving international peace and security and human rights. (Source: Al-Jareeda, issue: 1780, date: 6/06/2016) the letter was a reaction to the minister of justice speech at the ministry of media and information forum that was organized on 31st of May, when he pointed out that the existing Sudanese legislations contain some provisions that are contradicting with Islamic Sharia law and with the international treaties, which need to be reviewed in cooperation with the Islamic Fiqh complex.
- On the 2nd of June 2016, in a press conference, the General Counsel of the Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Ahmed Ali, stated that the investigations into the incident of the killing of Aljazeera University students that happened in 2012, proved the involvement of policemen in the killing of three students from western Sudan’s Darfur region. He pointed out that the prosecutor had lifted the immunity of the accused policemen for trial, but after contacting the families and holding about 19 continuous meetings with them to give them the options between litigation or accepting the payment of (Dia) blood money, the families have decided to accept the blood money whereas the case file now is closed. Noting that the government haven’t published the investigations report (Source: Altagheer info) Huqooq team will provide more information from the victim families in regard to the settlement agreement between them and the government in the next report.
On the 7th of December 2012, the bodies of three students, Mohamed Younis al-Nil, Adel Mohamed Ahmed, and Alsadiq Abdullah Yagoub, had been found in a sewage canal near Al Jazeera University. The body of a fourth student, Nu’man Ahmed Koreishi, was also found later in the canal. The students were reported missing earlier in the week during protests over the university’s refusal to register Darfuri students unless they paid full tuition. Under the Darfur peace agreements of 2006 (Abuja) and 2011 (Doha), Darfuri students qualify for tuition exemption. Sudanese universities have interpreted the provision inconsistently, however, prompting protests by Darfuri students at several campuses in recent years.
Human Rights Violations Monitoring:
Freedom of Expression:
- On the 5th of June 2016, the head of the security and defense committee of parliament ,Ahmed Imam Al-Tohami, criticized the social media networks, and some columnists by accusing them of inciting and attacking the army and other support forces troops in a negative way, by using rebel language and ignoring the recent victories, he further threatened the digital media and bloggers and revealed that there are laws and regulations that will be enacted to control and monitor the media and other social media websites.(Source: Al-Jareeda newspaper, issue 1779, date: 5th /06/2016)
- On the 2nd of June 2016, the Governor of South Darfur State, Adam al-Fak,i has threatened to arrest journalists and jail them in the infamous prison of Port Sudan if they publish “negative and bad” reports about his state, the governor’s statement was during a tour at Nyala Educational hospital accompanied by the Federal State Minister for Health, Sumaiya Idriss, he added that journalists are drawn to reporting only bad news and contribute to creating a negative image of South Darfur state.
- On the 1st of June 2016, two journalists appeared before the press and publications court in Khartoum in relation to separate complaints failed by the national intelligence and security service (NISS) against them in different occasions, they are :
- Nada Ramdan a woman journalist at Al-Jareeda newspaper who published a report in Al-Jareeda about burying hazardous chemical substances in Sudan, the NISS filed a complaint against the journalist on 15/12/2016 claiming that it was affected by the publication.
- Ali Aldali, a male Journalist at Akhir Lahza newspaper. He was accused of defamation in relation to a complaint filed by the NISS based on a press report on (Corruption) he published in Altayar newspaper on 24/05/2015 while he was working for Altayar newspaper.(Source: JHR-Sudan)
Protest Movement and Freedom of Assembly:
- On the 11th of June 2016, the national intelligence and security service (NISS) with support of the riot police dispersed a peaceful sit-in organized by the families of University of Khartoum students who are still detained by NISS, the police used batons and whips and beat a number of protesters and family members of the detainees among them is Amani Malik Ibrahim a member of Sudanese Congress party and Walaa Salah, the sister of Badr Aldeen Salah who was detained with other students from Mr.Nabil Adib law office on 5th of May 2016 without charge. (Source: HR activist)
On the 6th of June 2016, a group of NISS in plainclothes arrested two activists briefly from in front of the Ministry of Justice buildings in Khartoum, during a peaceful sit-in organized by the families of the student detainees and the opposition political alliance against the continuation of the students’ detention, the NISS group interrogated them and searched their mobiles at the NISS pick-up truck and released them immediately. Name of those arrested and questioned
- Mozamil Elaish Altoom, 41 years old ,male,
- Muna Adam Ismail Ahmed, 38 years old, female, (Source: HR activist)
- On the 1st of June 2016, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested a number of members of Darfur students Association from in front of the UN buildings in Khartoum during their peaceful protest against the killing of civilians and violations committed in Hiban Moli and Azerni among those arrested:
- Abd-Allah Graidah ,student at University of Khartoum Faculty of Education and
- Mujtaba Hamad ,the head of Dandoka Students Association
- On the 11th of June 2016, in a series of raids instigated at around 11:00 PM through 1:00 AM , an armed group of National Intelligence and Security Service in plainclothes raided the houses of Khalaf –Allah Al-Afif in Althawra area- Omdurman, his brother Hayder Al-Afif house in Alfitihab area (block 4) in Omdurman, and the family house in Alsalha area. The NISS group presented search warrants and arrested Hayder Al-Afif and Jamal Al-Afif, who were taken to an unknown location. According to a public statement issued by their brother, Dr. Albaqir Al-Afif, the Director of Al Khatim Adlan Centre for Enlightenment & Human Development (KACE) ,Hayder Al-Afif was released at around 5:00 AM and informed by the NISS to expect their call at a later time, the NISS also released Jamal Al-Afif around two hours later.
The three houses were raided at around 11:00 PM through the early morning, the NISS stormed the house of Khalaf Allah Al-Afif – Director of Tracks Center in Althawra area. He is still detained by the state security prosecutor since last month, the NISS searched the house and confiscated a number of his belongings, including a laptop and CDs and personal papers in addition to the search of Hayder Al-Afif house and confiscation of some of his belongings, the NISS used aggressive force during its intrusions of the houses where the contents of the houses raided were scattered .(Source: HR activist)
- On the 9th of June 2016, National Intelligence and Security Service NISS carried a massive campaign of arrest against activists from Al-Damazin in Blue Nile State, according to reports ,the number of those arrested were about 200, who were protesting against the deployment of Rapid Support Forces in Blue Nile State and the continuation of the war, Huqooq team was able to verify that Issam Omer Ibrahim known as Issam Gissan who was arrested from Khartoum by three officers from criminal investigation police who handed him an arrest warrant and transferred him to Al-Damazin, he was detained in Alawsat police station custody in Al-Demazin, without access to his family or lawyers, he was released on the 13th of June, Issam was accused of defamation and affiliation with terrorist organization.
- On the 8th of June 2016, an armed national intelligence and security service (NISS) officer named Ahmed and based in Dalgo locality -Adminstrative Unit of Fareeg in North state, arrested the activist against Dams construction Mohamed Abd Alhadi Abd Al-Latif Othman, 34 years old, male, from his house, after firing a live ammunition shot, he took the activist to the NISS office where he was beaten by two NISS officers, Abd Alhadi was released on the same day after a number of residents and activists protested in front of the NISS office and demanded his release. (Source: HR activist)
- On the 5th of June 2016, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Al-Damazin in Blue Nile state arrested Saif Alnasr Min-Allah Mahmoud based on his writings on Facebook about the war in Blue Nile state and Ismail Mohamed Twakol, they were detained at the Military Intelligence Fourth Division prison in Al-Damazin city. (Source: HR activist).
- On the 4th of June 2016, the police forces in Ombadah Albohyra area in Omdurman arrested nine students and members of Nuba Mountains Students Association from the Nuba Club (Kiga)during their preparation for a commemoration event for the Martyr Mohamed Alsadig Wiuo the Student who was killed at Omdurman Ahlia University in April 2016, the police forces arrested them because they didn’t obtain a permission from the authorities to organize the event, they were detained at Imam Malik police station in Ombadah Albohyra and transferred the next day to the Souq Libya court complex, they were charged with Disturbance of public peace under article 69 and Public nuisance under article 77 of the criminal law of 1991 .All were released on the 5th of June 2016 after signing a pledge not to participate in any activity ,whatsoever, name of those arrested and charged:
- Ahmed Jar-Alnabi Seli (M)
- Osama Bashir Saeed(M)
- Kazam Rahama(M)
- Mohamed Abd-Allah(M)
- Myada Jomah (F)
- Adam Khalifa (M)
- Faris Hussain Talu (M)
- Salih Al-Aisir(M)
- Abd-Allah Agor(M)
(Source: HR activist)
- Dozens of students who were arrested during the raid on Mr. Nabil Adib law office on the 5th of May are still detained by the NISS without charge and or access to their families or lawyers, one of the detained family informed Huqooq that only four families were allowed to visit their detained sons among them Bader Aldeen Salah, Moafag Mohamed Abd Al Galeel, Modathir Tayseer Modathir, Suliman Yahia Haran, later number of students families were able to visit their sons and relatives after their visit requests were denied for long time among them the Fathi Mohamed, the family of Bader Aldeen Salah told Huqooq that they saw healed wounds as a result of beatings on Bader Aldeen’s back, the names of the students still in NISS detention :
- Bader aldeen Salah Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, 25 years old, 1st year Faculty of Economics – UOK, he was detained by NISS on the 13th of April and released on the 23rd of April, he was dismissed from UOK on the 3rd of May, 2-
- Wifag Mohamed Altayeeb Gorashi Female, 24 years old, 3rd year Faculty of Art-UOK, she was arrested by NISS on the 14th of April and released on the 16th of April, dismissed from the University. (transferred to NISS section in Omdurman Women’s prison)
- Suliman Yahia Haran, Male, 30 years old, 4th year Faculty of Science-physics department- UOK and chair of Darfur Students Association of UOK. He was dismissed from the University on the 3rd of May.
- Modathir Tayseer Modathir Male, 25 years old, fifth year Faculty of Science (Chemistry) UOK, he was arrested by NISS and criminal investigations police on 3rd May, he was released on bail on the 3rd of May and is facing charges (Huqooq team was unable to obtain more information about the charges brought against him)
- Mai Adil Ibrahim Karar Female, 24 years old, she was arrested by NISS on the 13th of April and released on the 17th of April, a member of the Democratic Front, she was dismissed on 3rd May. (transferred to NISS section in Omdurman Women’s prison)
- Adam Hassan Mohamadain (Abzargah) 4th year Faculty of Geographic Science UOK who was arrested on the 5th of May 2016 In addition to
- Moafag Mohamed Abd Al Galeel, 23 years old, Student in his 5th year of the Faculty of Engineering-Surveying department at the University of Khartoum
- Mohamed Omer Hamid Digno, 21 years old, student in 5th year at the Faculty of Engineering -Mechanics department- University of Khartoum, who were arrested on the 7th of May,
- Safaa Modawi Mustafa Mohamed student in the fourth year at the faculty of Environmental Geography Science of the University of Khartoum. She was arrested on the 10th of May 2016, (transferred to NISS section in Omdurman Women’s prison)
- Nafisa Mohamed Hassan, 18 years old, student in her second year at the faculty of law of the University of Khartoum, she was arrested on the 9th of May 2016. (transferred to NISS section in Omdurman Women’s prison)
- Fathi Mohamed Abdh Ismail,23 years old, student in his 5th year at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Khartoum he was arrested on 7/5/2016
- Sabah Alzain, student at Omdurman Ahlia University,who was arrested during a raid by the NISS on his house in Ombadah Dar-Alsalam area in Omdurman on the 12th of May 2016
It is worth mentioning that on the 1st of June 2016, The ministry of Justice announced that the issue of the continued detention of the University of Khartoum students by the NISS does not concern them at the current stage, and suggested that the issue of detention is subject to security assessment, especially since the country is facing security threats, in a press statement ,the Minister of Justice Awad Al Hassan Al Noor, defended the security measures against the University of Khartoum students, who are still detained by the national intelligence and security service (NISS), by stating that there is an objective justification for the arrest of the students to maintain the national security, he further pointed out that the ministry of justice cannot interfere before the end of the provisional detention custody period of the detainees.
Civil Society Organization:
- Three employees working for a human development and training center in Khartoum called TRACKScenter, and one civil society leader are still detained at the state security prosecution office. Eight were initially held there, but five have been released on bail in recent weeks, the names of the detainees still in detention are :
- Khalaf Allah al-Afif, the director of the Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKS)
- Midhat Afif al-Din Hamdan , a collaborating volunteer trainer
- Mustafa Adam, executive director of Al-Zarqa Rural Development Organization who was visiting the center during the second raid in February 2016.
On the 6th of June 2016, the State Security Prosecutor released three human rights activists and employees working for TRACKS Center on bail, this was the second batch to be released after two female employees, Arwa Al-Rabie and Leila Imane were released,, names of those recently released are :
- Al-Shazali Ibrahim El-Shiekh , Receptionist .
- Hassan Khairi ,IT and collaborating trainer.
- Al-Khazini Ahmed al-Hadi, temporary acting Accountant.
- On the 8th of June 2016, the Central Khartoum Criminal Court in Khartoum has adjourned the trial of four TRACKS training center employees until the 18th of July due to the absences of the representative of the Security Service (the complainant), in relation to a criminal complaint filed by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) against them last year. The defendants are facing charges including undermining the constitutional system which is punishable with the death penalty.
- On the 9th of June 2016, at around 11:40 AM, an armed group allegedly belonging to the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), riding a double cabin vehicle without plates, in North Soug Libya area in Omdurman, beat Rajab Hassan Idris , student at his 3rd year of the faculty of Art of Al-imam Alhadi University, with sticks and guns rears on his head until he lost his conscious, the group searched him and confiscated his mobile without giving reasons, the student is now receiving treatment. (Source: HR activist)
Darfur Region Violations:
- On the 14th of June 2016, an armed militia wearing government uniform, in Moli village 15 Kilometer from Al-Genina Western Darfur fired live ammunition at a group of farmers, as a result two farmers were seriously injured who are now receiving treatment at Al-Genina hospital, the reason of the shooting is unknown, names of the injured:
- Ibrahim Ali Abakar, 37 years old,
- Abd-Allah Hassan, 42 years old. (Source: HR activist)
- On the 8th of June at around 7:00pm, armed militiamen fired live ammunitions at a public transport bus heading to Mistery area from Al-Genina (West Darfur) as a result of the shooting , Khamisa Yagoub Ali, female, 45 years old, from Abo-Zar Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp was killed and five persons were injured. Huqooq team was unable to obtain the names of those injured. (Source HR activist)
- On the 7th of June 2016, Military Intelligence officers from the 15th Division arrested Ayob Khamis Abd-Allah, a student at Al-Genina University and a resident of Ardmeta IDP camp in Western Darfur. (Source: HR activist)
- On the 1st of June 2016, Huqooq team has received information about the arrest of three persons, two of which are students at Zalinji University and residents of Kalma IDPs camp, during their trip to Nyala from Kalma camp by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Nyala on the 23rd of May 2016, at around 10:00AM, the names of those arrested are:
- Bakor Mohamed Bakor Yahia, 28 years old, student
- Abo-Obida Idris Haroun, 28 years old, student
- Adam Abd-Aljabar Fadol Abd-AlShafia, 37 years old, works as a Zain Telecommunication Company Agent at Kalma IDPs Camp. The reason of the arrest is unclear (Source: HR activist)
Blue Nile State
- On the 9th of June 2016, militia men wearing military uniform in Aldarajah neighborhood in El-Damazin city in Blue Nile State fired live ammunition at Mohammed Yusif Bashir, who was shot dead. He , is from Souley village in Roseires locality. Source: Radio Dabanga)
 See HRW at: https://www.hrw.org/news/2012/12/10/sudan-justice-needed-student-deaths and Amnesty International at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2012/12/sudan-must-end-violent-repression-student-protests/