Target: President Omar Bashir of Sudan
Goal: Release eight people arrested by internal security services, and held without charges.
Eight people have been detained by Sudan’s internal security services after attending a meeting with U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth, who was there to assess the humanitarian situation in Darfur and meet with internally displaced people. Seven of those arrested are internally displaced people. Authorities are refusing to disclose their whereabouts, and have not allowed detainees to contact their families or lawyers. Detainees may be at risk of ill treatment or torture.
Located in southwestern Sudan, Darfur has suffered 13 years of conflict, with little sign of progress towards a peaceful resolution. Since 2003, an estimated 300,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and 2.5 million displaced. Recent fighting has displaced an estimated 129,000 people.
Despite the clear continuation of the conflict, the government of Sudan claims that the situation in Darfur is ‘stable.’ These abductions may be attempts to silence the victims of this conflict. Sign our petition and demand that authorities disclose the location of those detained, give them access to legal representation, and either charge them or release them.
Dear President Bashir,
I was alarmed to hear of the arrest of 10 persons by the National Intelligence Security Services after they met with U.S. Special Envoy Donald Booth. While two of those detained were promptly released, eight others are being held incommunicado. Adam Siddiq Abdel Rahman, Adam Hamid Adam, Ahmed Omer, Ali Abdel Aziz Ali, Al Rasheed Mohamed Essa, Nasser El Deen Yousef Abdel Rahman, Adam Mohamed Ali, and Mohamed Al Tejani Seif El Deen have, as of yet, not been charged with any crime. Their continued detention without charge is illegal.
I urge you to make their whereabouts known, and ensure they are either charged with a crime or released. If they are to be charged, they have a right to be kept in humane conditions, free from abuse with access to both legal and medical aid.
[Your Name Here]
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