Target: Muhammad al-Atta Fadl al-Mula, Chief of the Sudanese National Security Service
Goal: Obtain the release of a student-activist detained without charge and at risk of being tortured
A student at Eastern Nile University in Sudan has been detained for about two months since his arrest. Human rights organizations are concerned that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Mr. Moussa was arrested after leaving his home. He contacted his relatives by phone to say he was being followed by a car that he believed belonged to the National Security Service (NSS) and that he was afraid he was about to be arrested. He has not been heard from since that phone call. Mr. Moussa has not been allowed to see a lawyer or any family members. His family members also have not been informed about where the NSS is holding him.
The NSS has refused requests to give information regarding the location and wellbeing of Mohammed Osman Moussa. Mr. Moussa, age 26, also has a heart condition that requires he take daily doses of medication. There is great doubt that he has been allowed to seek the consultation of a doctor since being detained. He is at risk of serious injury due to this negligence.
Mohammed Osman Moussa has been arrested by the NSS before, and held for three months, during which he was reportedly mistreated. His work as the media officer for the Darfur Student Association (DSA) of Eastern Nile University has made him a target for the government’s Security Services. The DSA is very active in drawing attention to human rights issues and abuses occurring in Sudan. The government is merely suppressing his right to free speech. Sign this petition and demand the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammed Osman Moussa.
Dear Muhammad al-Atta Fadl al-Mula,
The detention of student-activist, Mohammed Osman Moussa, is a disgrace for the Sudanese government. Suppressing student activism through torture and other ill treatment does little to solving the human rights abuses currently occurring in your country – it merely adds to the list.
Mr. Moussa must be immediately and unconditionally released. If he is to be charged with an internationally recognized crime, then he must be allowed access to a lawyer and his family for counsel. Denying these basic rights will inevitably backfire against your government. I ask you to see reason and to release this student so that he may use his skills to better the human rights record of your country.
[Your Name Here]
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