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January Update: Detained Youths, Continued Detention of Bushra Gamar Hussein, and South Kordofan Displacements


Fear of torture for detained youths

Tahir Bedreldin and 10 other youths were detained in Omdurman on the evening of Friday 27 January 2012. It is said that they belong to the Youth movements of Girifna and Youth for Change. Those detained reportedly included Ammar Dirar, Ghazi Eltayeb, Nagi Musa, Mohammed Mahgoub and Sherif Kamal.

All the detainees were transferred to the premises of the political section of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum North. They were arrested while holding a meeting between Girifna and Youth for Change.

The families of the detainees gathered in front of the security information office, asking about the conditions of their sons. Hayat Al-Sudan Ibrahim, the mother of Nagi Musa, said that the security have told them that they will be told about their sons’ conditions after fifteen days. There are great fears that the detainees will be tortured.

SUDO (UK) is calling for their immediate and unconditional release.

Human rights defender Bushra Gamar Hussein

Bushra Gamar Hussein was transferred from detention by the NISS to the Attorney of the Crimes against the State on Thursday 26 January 2012 and the NISS denied access to his lawyers saying he was being investigated. His lawyers filed an application to see him today but it was overturned by the prosecutor saying he is still under investigation, his lawyers are planning to put another application on Wednesday 1 February 2012.

Bushra Gamar Hussein Rahma, is a human rights defender from South Kordofan detained without charge since June 2011. SUDO(UK) is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

Civilians displaced from South Kordofan during 28 January SPLM-North attack

Several thousand civilians have reportedly been displaced following the recent attack of SPLM-N on Al-Magrah, between Al-Abbasiya and Rashad in South Kordofan on 28 January 2012. During the attack 29 Chinese construction workers were abducted and 9 Sudanese military were captured.

The displaced persons have been arriving in Um Ruwaba - North Kordofan in very bad condition. There has been no assistance of any kind offered to them by the authorities. The displaced families are residing with relatives or acquaintances in Um Ruwaba. Those civilians who have arrived say that many families are still on their way north having suffered from indiscriminate bombardment launched by the government after the attack by SPLM-N.

SUDO calls on both the SPLM-N and the Sudan Armed Forces to end attacks on civilians. SUDO considers that the Chinese who were captured by the SPLM-N to be civilians. Displaced civilians should be given aid.

SUDO calls for a reconciliation process to be initiated immediately which should bring peace to the border areas and allow IDPs and refugees from South Kordofan to return home.

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