Target: Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, President of Sudan
Goal: Ascertain whereabouts of two activists arrested and held incommunicado.
Two activists involved in a sexual harassment symposium have been arrested by the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS). They have not been allowed any contact with their families and their whereabouts remain unknown, putting them at considerable risk of torture or ill-treatment. Sign the petition and demand that the whereabouts of Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman and Nasreen Ali Mustafa be disclosed immediately, and that they either be charged with internationally-recognizable criminal offenses or freed immediately.
Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman is the Secretary General of the Sudanese Consumer Protection Society (SCPS), which organized the symposium. Nasreen Ali Mustafa, one of the speakers at the event, discussed the problem of unreported sexual harassment on school buses and urged families to speak out. Following the symposium, Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman gave an interview in which he remarked that government officials were responsible for much of the corruption in the consumer goods industry.
Both activists were arrested by NISS forces two days after the sexual harassment symposium and neither has been seen or heard from since. People arrested by NISS can be detained for over four months without charge, and this is often used by the ruling party to silence political opponents.
Human rights defenders must be allowed to carry out their work without fear of arrest, retaliation, or harm. Sign the petition and demand to know the whereabouts of Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman and Nasreen Ali Mustafa.
I demand to know the whereabouts of Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman and Nasreen Ali Mustafa. The activists were arrested by the National Intelligence Security Service two days after attending a symposium on sexual harassment and neither has been seen or heard from since. It is imperative that their whereabouts be disclosed immediately and that they be either charged with an internationally-recognizable offense or released unconditionally.
Incommunicado detentions are almost always accompanied by concerns of torture and ill-treatment, and this case is no exception. Neither of the activists’ families has been able to get in touch with them. The charges against them–if they exist at all–are unknown.
It is unacceptable that Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman and Nasreen Ali Mustafa have been detained this long without any apparent cause. I urge you to make their location public, allow them immediate access to their lawyers and families, and ensure that they are protected from torture or ill-treatment.
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