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Continuing Violence and Political Detentions in West Darfur

07.10.11

SUDO (UK) is concerned about continuing violence and political detentions in West Darfur.

On 1 October 2011 around 10pm, Faisal Mohamed Eisa, aged 23, was killed in Nertiti IDP camp while he was on his way to shut down his generator. The perpetrator and the motives of the killing are still unknown. Faisal Mohammed Eisa, who runs a private computer shop in Nertiti, was originally from Golo in Jebel Marra and fled to Nertiti seeking protection.

On 4 October 2011 the NISS arrested two persons in Nertiti, accusing them of working for the SLA. According to his relatives Abdel Majid Musa, known as Teital, a 25-year-old student at the University of Zalingei from Kunjomya, Zalingei was in Nertiti to visit members of his family; however, the NISS alleged that Musa was in Nertiti on a mission for the SLA. Alameddin Abdallah, also from Kunjomya, was arrested along with Abdel Majid Musa in Nertiti; both detainees were transferred to Zalingei.

On 24 September 2011, Hager Abu Basher Yousif, aged 37, was arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in El-Geneina, West Darfur. He was apparently accused of being implicated in the abductions of civilian by the SLA/AW in Nertiti (See SUDO Update of 3 October 2011). Hager Abu Basher Yousif, who works in the Ministry of Finance, had acted as office manager of the former Governor of West Darfur Abu’l-Gasim Imam, who had been an SLA commander before being appointed Governor after the Darfur Peace Agreement signed in Abuja in 2006. Hager Abu Basher Yousif, a 37-year-old, was released on 4 October 2011 under certain conditions including that he must not accept any international calls, must have no communication with former Governor Abu’l Gasim Imam, and must report every morning and evening to the NISS.

SUDO (UK) calls on the Sudan Government to ensure that all those arrested are treated humanely and given immediate access to family and lawyers. All killings should be investigated and the perpetrators of murders should be brought to justice.

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