Saturday, June 23, 2007

Prof. Al-Zubair Bashir Taha

Minister of Internal Affairs
Ministry of Interior, PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Dear Minister,

I am writing to you again to express my concern for the lawyers and journalists detained on the day of protests against the construction of the Kajbar Dam, particularly Ghazafi Adulmotalib, Abuobaida Awad, Abualgasim Farahana, Imad Mirghani Sid Ahmed, Alam Eldin Abdelgaum, Dr Mohamed Jalal Ahmed Hashim, Raafat Hassan Abbas, Abdelhalim Abdulghani, Abdulaziz Mohamed Ali Khairi, Abdallah Abdelgaum, Osman Shamat, and Saad Mohamed Ahmed.

Please give them immediate and regular access to their families, lawyers, and any medical treatment they may require. Due to the lack of charges for any recognisable criminal offences against these men, they ought to be released immediately.

Please repeal Article 31 of the National Security Forces Act, which allows detainees to be held for up to nine months without access to judicial review.

Sincerely and Respectfully


Cc: Dr Abdel Moneim Osman Taha, Rapporteur, Advisory Council for Human Rights Khartoum, Sudan
Human Rights Committee, The Peoples Hall, Omdurman, Sudan
Her Excellency Dr. Faiza Hassan TAHA ARMOUSA, Ambassador for the Republic of Sudan, 354 Stewart Street, Ottawa ON K1N 6K8

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