Mr Chairman, distinguished members of the Working Group,
We, together with the Arab Coalition for Sudan, write to bring to your attention the case of Mr Babacar Moussa Issa, a member of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party who was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 27 August 2015 and is disappeared since. His family learned from other detainees that he was subjected to torture while in secret detention but they have not been able to visit him so far. They fear that he could be ill-treated again while being detained by the NISS.
We solicit your urgent intervention with the Sudanese authorities to ask them to immediately release Mr Issa or at the very least to put him under the protection of the law and authorise his family and his lawyer to visit him. If Mr Issa confirms the reports of torture, the authorities should open thorough and impartial investigations into them and bring the perpetrators to justice while offering him a fair compensation. The Sudanese authorities should be reminded of their international obligations and put an end to the practice of enforced disappearances as well as the arbitrary detention and torture of political activists.