Target: Mohamed Bushara Dousa , Minister for Justice
Goal: Drop all charges against an imprisoned human rights activist and free him immediately and unconditionally.
Adil Ibrahiem Bakheit, an activist involved with a number of human rights organizations in Sudan, has been arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and charged with seven separate offenses, two of which carry capital punishment. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained for his peaceful human rights work, and as such must be released immediately.
Bakheit was arrested after a raid of the offices of Tracks for Training and Human Development (Tracks), where NISS forces discovered his laptop. Bakheit was arrested and subsequently charged with seven crimes, including “Undermining the Constitutional System” and “Waging war against the state,” both of which carry the death penalty.
Bakheit is being held at Al Awasat police station, where his family have been allowed to visit him. However, he is the main provider for his wife and two children, and his imprisonment is putting an immense strain on the family. Furthermore, he was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and there are concerns that he is not receiving the medical attention he requires in prison.
NISS forces have nearly carte blanche to arrest and detain whoever they like; the 2010 National Security Act makes it impossible to prosecute any NISS officer for “any act committed in the course of their work,” Amnesty International reports, a situation that promotes abuse and human rights violations. The act also allows detainees to remain imprisoned without judicial review for up to four and a half months.
Adil Ibrahiem Bakheit is a human rights defender arrested solely on the basis of his peaceful activism. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately; pending that, he should have access to medical care and legal representation and be protected from torture and ill-treatment.
I am writing to urge you to drop the charges against Adil Ibrahiem Bakheit, a human rights activist who has been arrested and detained solely as a result of his activism. He is a prisoner of conscience and must therefore be released immediately and unconditionally.
Bakheit, who is active in a number of human rights organizations, was arrested after National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) officers raided the offices of Tracks for Training and Human Development (Tracks) and found his laptop, which included a contract of consultancy for the organization. Bakheit was charged with seven offenses, two of which–“Undermining the Constitutional System” and “Waging war against the state”–carry the death penalty. He is being held at Al Awasat police station, and while his family has been allowed to see him, they are concerned that he may not have access to medical care he requires for his recently-diagnosed diabetes.
The amount of authority granted to NISS officers by the 2010 National Security Act nearly guarantees that human rights violations will run rampant. NISS officers are exempted from prosecution from any act that occurs in the process of their work, which totally negates the presence of any laws governing due process and human rights. The law needs broad revisions to bring it in line with international human rights standards.
In the meantime, however, I urge you to drop the charges against Adil Ibrahiem Bakheit, and to ensure that pending his release he has access to legal representation and necessary medical care and is protected from torture and ill-treatment.
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Photo credit: Luis Argerich