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Take Action! - Disclose Whereabouts Of Ten Arrested Doctors (Sudan: UA 251/16)

Urgent Action
November 8, 2016
 
The whereabouts of ten medical doctors remain unknown after being arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence Service (NISS) between 30 October and 6 November. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. The ten were part of a group of 29 doctors arrested then released without charge on 29 October.
 
Ten Sudanese doctors were arrested by the NISS in Khartoum, between 30 October and 6 November after the Sudan Doctors Central Committee, an independent doctors union, announced a strike. The whereabouts of Abdallah Gorushi, 28, Ahmad Alabwabi, 43, Hasan Karar, 30, Husam Alamin, 27, Jihad Abdel Monim, 29, Mohamed Abdullatif, 29, Mohamed Bashir Hilali, Mohamed Elmujtaba, 28, Nasir Shaga Nasir, 30, and Omar Ahmad Saleh, 29 remain unknown and they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
 
The Sudan Doctors Central Committee had announced on 27 October that it would start a 48 hour strike on 1 November. This would be the second doctors’ strike after a countrywide strike on 6 October which lasted eight days. The strike was called to demand that the government improve the overall health service in the country and honour a number of commitments made to doctors in October.
 
The ten doctors were part of a group of 29 doctors arrested by the NISS on 29 October and released on the same day. They were questioned by the NISS for several hours about their role and activities in relation to the strike and about their political affiliations. Abdallah Gorushi, Ahmad Alabwabi, Hasan Karar, Husam Alamin, Jihad Abdel Monim, Mohamed Abdullatif, Mohamed Bashir Hilali, Mohamed Elmujtaba, Nasir Shaga Nasir and Omar Ahmad Saleh were arrested again between 30 October and 6 November. The other 19 doctors who were released on 29 October are required to report every day to the NISS offices from 8am to 10pm.
 
The strike on 1 November took place in 60 hospitals across the country. The state minister of health described the strike in a public statement on 1 November as irresponsible and she said that the government would deal with it decisively.
 
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Urging the Sudanese authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of Abdallah Gorushi, Ahmad Alabwabi, Hasan Karar, Husam Alamin, Jihad Abdel Monim, Mohamed Abdullatif, Mohamed Bashir Hilali, Mohamed Elmujtaba, Nasir Shaga Nasir and Omar Ahmad Saleh and release them immediately unless they are promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence;
  • Calling on them to ensure that the ten doctors are granted regular access to their family, medical treatment and the lawyer of their choice;
  • Urging them to inform the 29 doctors of the reasons for their arrest and the restrictions on their freedom of movement;
  • Urging them to either charge the 19 doctors with a recognizable criminal offence or else lift the restrictions on their freedom of movement, including the requirement to show up at the NISS offices every day.

Contact these two officials by 20 December, 2016:

President
HE Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir
Office of the President
People’s Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Salutation: Your Excellency
 
Ambassador Maowia Osman Khalid
Embassy of the Republic of Sudan
2210 Massachusetts Ave., Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 338 8565 I Fax: 1 202 667 2406
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
 
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