African Commission should call on Sudan to release prominent activists facing stiff penalties in national security trial

Africa’s main human rights body should call on Sudan to ensure the prompt release of two well-known activists who face an unfair trial on 23 February 2015 on charges that carry harsh penalties including life imprisonment, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), REDRESS, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) said today.

The four human rights organisations submitted a complaint today to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), asking it to take up this case, during its meeting in Banjul, The Gambia, which began on 19 February 2015. The African Commission is charged with monitoring the implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Sudan is party.

The complaint concerns distinguished human rights defender Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, former Chairperson of the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), and Mr Farouq Abu Eissa, a political activist who is the Chairperson of the National Consensus Forces, an umbrella of political opposition groups in Sudan.

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Rights groups welcome African Commission’s decision to uphold complaint of human rights defenders tortured in Sudan

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and REDRESS welcome the decision Africa’s main human rights treaty body has made which recognises Sudan’s obligation to protect human rights defenders and to ensure that their work promoting and protecting the rights of others is not hindered or frustrated.

In an important decision published on 13 February 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) called on Sudan to effectively investigate and prosecute the security and intelligence officers alleged to be responsible for the arbitrary arrest, torture and ill-treatment of three prominent human rights defenders; to reopen and unfreeze the bank accounts of a human rights organisation shut down in connection with the case and to pay them compensation.

Human rights defenders Monim El Jak, Amir Suliman and the late Osman Hummaida were targeted for their supposed cooperation with the International Criminal Court in a pending case against the President of Sudan Omar Al Bashir arising from international crimes committed in Sudan’s Darfur region.

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Urgent statement: Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab network reject constitutional violations against some journalists

In a strange phenomenon of its kind, the Sudanese Minister of Energy,
Makkawi Mohamed Awad, summoned the journalist Murtada Ahmed, from
(Alahramsd) newspaper, to interrogate him over publishing a story about the
intention of the Ministry of Energy to free natural gas prices. A similar
incident had taken place by the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Issa
Bushra, who summoned 15 journalists of those who cover the Parliament’s
news. The investigation was about publication of mass resignations from the
cleaning company, entrusted with cleaning services at the parliament and
due to suspension of their salaries.

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