Downsizing UNAMID: A Potentially Fatal Mistake

(26 June 2017) The proposal to the UN Security Council (UNSC) to downsize the joint UN/AU Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is an open invitation to accelerate violence against civilians in Darfur. Based on a flawed diagnosis of the current challenge in Darfur by the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN), downsizing will leave civilians in Darfur “more vulnerable to abuses of all kinds by the Sudanese army, paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and other militias operating in the region”. 

Sudan: Human rights defenders detained, could face death penalty

Sudanese authorities have been unjustly holding Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, Hafiz Idris, and Mobarak Adam Abdalla, three human rights defenders, and have charged them with ‘crimes against the state’ which carry the death penalty, 26 human rights groups said today. Dr. Mudawi Ibahim Adam and Hafiz Idris have been held for approximately seven months, and Mobarak Adam Abdalla for over three months.

Sudanese national security officials arrested Mudawi and Hafiz on December 7 and November 24, respectively, and held both men in detention in Khartoum for over five months without charges. Mobarak, a student, was arrested on 25 March 2017. Credible sources report that Hafiz and Mobarak were severely beaten, and that Hafiz was given electric shocks and forced to make a confession. Dr. Mudawi has been denied essential medication. All three men are currently being held in Kober prison.

IRRI joined with over 30 other organizations and prominent individuals in signing a petition drafted by SUDO (UK). The petition demands that the government of Sudan guarantee the safety and physical and psychological well-bring of all detainees, and to immediately release Mudawi, Hafiz, and Mobarak and all other human rights defenders detained on trumped up political charges. Should a trial proceed, the petition also affirms the rights of Mudawi, Hafiz and Mobarak to a fair trial before an impartial, independent, and competent tribunal.

Sudanese human rights monitoring group Huqooq release June 2017 observational report

The crackdown on human rights in Sudan remains alarming, with continuing repression of students activists, political opponents, media, and arbitrary detentions of students activists from Darfur. Over the last month of June 2017, Huqooq has documented human rights violations in Khartoum, Bakht Alruda, and Kosti in White Nile state, Port Sudan, Kassla Eastern Sudan and El Geneina in West Darfur state and one case in Nyala South Darfur, the rights being violated including use of force, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, freedom of association, arbitrary arrest, torture and other ill-treatment in detention, public order police and arrest of South Sudanese refugees.

The violations documented in this report were committed by National Intelligence and Security Service NISS, police forces, and the newly formed University police forces. The forces used excessive force to break-up peaceful meetings targeting students and political opponent activists.