07/11/2018

Urgent Action Update: Detained Religious Teacher Faces Death Penalty (Sudan: UA 70.18)


Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a religious teacher who has a visual disability, has been formally charged with three offences under the 1991 Penal Code. Two of the offences put him at risk of facing the death penalty or life imprisonment in Sudan. Matar Younis was arrested on 1 April apparently because of his criticism of the government’s policy in Darfur. He remains at risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

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Matar Younis Ali Hussein, a religious teacher who has a visual disability, has been formally charged with three offences under the 1991 Penal Code. Two of the offences put him at risk of facing the death penalty or life imprisonment in Sudan.  Matar Younis was arrested on 1 April apparently because of his criticism of the government’s policy in Darfur.  He remains 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 drop the charges and release Matar Younis Ali Hussein immediately and unconditionally, as he has been detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • 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;
  • Urging them to ensure that, pending his release, he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Calling on them to release all other detainees in Sudan who are detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights.

Contact these two officials by 22 August, 2018:
President
HE Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir

Office of the President
People’s Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Salutation: Dear President

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

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 70.18
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