Free all political detainees from the abuse and torture of the Government of Sudan’s prisons
Sudanese students, young men and women beaten, imprisoned and tortured in the Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services jails- for staging a peaceful demonstration against government’s increase of basic commodity prices on the 30th January 2011. Sudanese political party members, detained, tortured and abused. Sudanese journalists, detained, tortured and abused.
Inspired by Jasmine revolution in Tunisia, and the facebook revolution in Egypt, Infuriated by price increases and a presidential promise of freedom restrictions in the Sudan, Youth groups in the Sudan called for demonstrations against President Omar Al Bashir’s and his ruling party, the National Congress Party.
The 30% increase on the prices of basic commodities such as fuel, cooking oil and sugar were announced following approval of the bill by parliament early this month. As well as a presidential promise of freedom restrictions and the rejuvenation of the near dormant Shari Law.
The peaceful demonstrations started on 30th of January and continued, as sporadic demonstrations at various locations within the capital Khartoum and the other States of Sudan, Jazeera State, North Kordofan State, White Nile State, Kassala State and Sinnar State.
The peaceful demonstrations were met by riot police brutality, imprisonment of protestors and non protestors from the streets, a wave of imprisonments of political activists from their homes and young members of Sudanese opposition political parties, the imprisonment of Journalists and general clamp down of the Communist Party’s activities and members. Released detainees have reported seeing scenes of physical torture of male activist/ demonstrators as well as psychological and emotional torture of female activists/ demonstrators.
The police used tazer guns and sticks, on protestors who were simply either marching in a group or chanting slogans requesting the government to decrease prices and or resign.
There were also, eye-witness reports a large presence of Janjweed militia to combat the peaceful protests, some eye-witnesses reports over 1000 militia members, reports say that they belong to the militant group led by Al Busharie. There are also eye witness reports that they have used Islamic Ethiopian militia, who beat youths, demonstrators and passersby on the streets without mercy. They were described as extremely heavy handed with the people and aimed for sensitive regions and private parts. The demonstrations and demonstrators were peaceful; they didn't even have loud speakers.
There are over 100 persons still detained the Government of Sudan prisons – some are in known prisons, others remain missing – none of the detainees have been charged with any crime and or have been arrested in an official manner, three/ four police members both uniformed and non- uniformed would jump on each one of the demonstrators, push them to the ground and or carry them to a pickup truck without providing any reasons for arrest and or caution or reading the arrested party their rights.
Much of the abductions happened early in the morning of the 30th January 2011, before political activists have even began or shown any intention to begin to demonstrate, many other abductions happened at night- whereby security personnel have abducted people from their homes. Many political activists were abducted from their party headquarters, others journalists have been abducted from their workplaces.
The reports from inside the prisons are as follows:
1. On the day of arrest, the young men and women / political party members, journalists were made to sit on their knees all day and night- if one moved the NISS personnel would slap them on their faces
2. Many detainees are students aged 16
3. They were subjected to a constant verbal and physical abuse and integration of detainees
4. They were subjected to ruthless whipping and the administration of electric shock to detainees on a regular basis
5. Many detainees had their clothes stripped off - students as young as 16 - NISS personnel poured burning hot sugar on them
6. All detainees were threatened with rape
7. The NISS personnel would cover the detainees bodies with water and administer electric shocks to them
8. Several detainees have been reported to be in a serious near death condition, Lois Awlwel is said to have been beaten to an inch of his life
9. The NISS personnel have withheld life saving medication from detainees
10. The NISS personnel has withheld family visitation rights
11. 40 detainees are kept in a store room with no proper ventilation and or light, they are kept on the floor- no beds and no covers
12. The NISS personnel have restricted bathroom activities- a shower is allowed once every 4 days
13. Food is served as sandwiches – twice a day
We hereby ask President Omar Ahmad AL-Basher, and the members of the National Congress Party, the Chief of the NISS Mohammed Atta to release all the Sudanese political detainees immediately.
Marcia Simpson-James commented