04/18/2018

Urgent Action: Religious Teacher Arbitrarily Detained (Sudan: UA 70.18)


Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a visually impaired religious teacher, was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Zalingei city, Central Darfur State on 1 April. He is currently being held at the NISS detention centre at Kober Prison in Khartoum and has been denied access to a lawyer and his family. Matar Younis has been a vocal critic of the government’s policy in Darfur. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

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Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a visually impaired religious teacher, was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Zalingei city, Central Darfur State on 1 April. He is currently being held at the NISS detention centre at Kober Prison in Khartoum and has been denied access to a lawyer and his family. Matar Younis has been a vocal critic of the government’s policy in Darfur. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the Sudanese authorities to release Matar Younis Ali Hussein immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Urging them to ensure that, pending his release, he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment while in detention;
  • Calling on them to ensure that, pending his release, Matar Younis Ali Hussein is granted regular access to his family and a lawyer of his choice.
  • Calling on them to either charge all other detainees from Darfur with recognizable criminal offences or immediately release them;

Contact these two officials by 30 May, 2018:

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. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 338 8565 I Fax: 1 202 667 2406
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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