Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A link and a letter

A link

This is where I learned that NATO has approved a nuclear strike against Iran.

and a letter

Prof. Al-Zubair Bashir Taha
Minister of Internal Affairs
Ministry of Interior
PO Box 281, Khartoum

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Dear Minister,

I am increasingly concerned for the well being of Abdallah Abdelgaum, Alam Eldin Abdelghani, Dr Mohamed Jalal Ahmed Hashim, Osman Shamat, Imad Mirghani Sid Ahmed, Saad Mohamed Ahmed, Raafat Hassan Abbas, Abdulaziz Mohamed Ali Khairi, Osman Ibrahim, and Mujahed Mohamed Abdallah.

I understand that all the detainees are being held in Debek Prison, north of Khartoum. Conditions are very poor there, especially this rainy season, due to swarms of mosquitoes and flies. Please give all of the detainees immediate and regular access to their families and lawyers.

When Osman Ibrahim (The Secretary General of the Committee Against the Building of the Kajbar Dam) was arrested, he had only recently left hospital. He was being treated for diabetes, but the security forces refused to allow him to take his medication with him. Dr Mohamed Jalal Ahmed Hashim also suffers from diabetes. In any case, please give the detainees immediate and regular access to any medical treatment they may require.

Furthermore, I encourage you to release all of these detainees unless they are to be charged promptly with a criminal offence.

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,

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