Hafiz Idris Detained in Unknown Location
On 30 December, friends and lawyers of detained human rights defender Hafiz Idris confirmed that he was recently taken into hospital after reportedly being tortured and ill-treated in detention.
On 24 November at 10:00 am, five plain-clothed members of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Hafiz Idris at the house of one of his relatives in Khartoum and forcibly transferred him to an unknown location.
Hafiz Idris is a human rights defender who focuses on the rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sudan and works for their well-being.
Friends and lawyers of detained human rights defender Mr Hafiz Idris confirmed that he was recently taken into hospital after reportedly being tortured and ill-treated in detention.
Mr Hafiz Idris, 40 years old, is a human rights defender who works to defend the rights and well-being of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sudan . He was arrested on 24 November in Khartoum has been held without charge or access to his family and lawyer.
Authorities in Sudan have escalated their crackdown on human rights defenders, peaceful protesters and journalists over the past few weeks. On 27 December, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested human rights lawyer Ms Tasneem Ahmed Taha Zaki from her office in El Fasher, Darfur. She is a human rights lawyer who provides legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses, especially youth and students in El Fasher. Following her arrest, Ms. Tasneem was quickly transferred to Khartoum and was deprived of any contact with her family. Authorities did not notify the Bar Association about her arrest as stipulated in the Sudanese Advocates Law.
The physical integrity and security of the internationally recognised human rights defender Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is source of great concern amid recent testimonies and reports about torture and ill-treatment of detained activists in Sudan. Dr. Mudawi was arrested at the University of Khartoum on 7 December with his longtime driver, Adam El Sheikh Mukhtar. On 12 December, Nora Abaid, an accountant from Dr. Mudawi’s engineering company, Lambda Engineering, was arrested by NISS agents who approached her in an unmarked car. They all continue to be under incommunicado detention. Under the 2010 National Security Act (NSA), detainees can be held for up to four and a half months without judicial review.
Front Line Defenders urges the Sudanese authorities to:disclose information about the medical situation of human rights defender Mr Hafiz Idris and conduct a thorough and impartial investigattion into allegations of torture and ill-treatment.
Front Line Defenders is seriously concerned at the physical well being of Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, Ms Tasneem Ahmed Taha Zaki and other detained human rights defenders and calls upon the Sudanese authorities to take all necessary measures to guarantee their physical and psychological integrity and security and ensures that they have immediate and unfettered access to their families and lawyers.
On 24 November at 10:00 am, five plain-clothed members of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Mr. Hafiz Idris from the house of one of his relatives in Khartoum and forcibly transferred him to an unknown location. The human rights defender may be at risk of torture and is being held without charges. His whereabouts are still unknown.
Hafiz Idris lives in Abushouk IDP camp in Al-Fasher, Darfur. He had traveled to Khartoum for the purpose of receiving medical treatment when, on 24 November, he was arrested from the house of one his relatives in Khartoum. During his arrest, members of the NISS covered his face and forcibly transferred him to an unknown location.
Front Line Defenders expresses its grave concern at the arrest and detention of Hafiz Idris and is deeply worried about his physical integrity, in particular given the trend of ill-treatment and torture of activists whilst detained in Sudan. It also expresses its concern at the increased use of arbitrary detention by the NISS as a tool for the repression of the work of human rights defenders in Sudan.
Front Line Defenders urges the authorities in the Republic of the Sudan to:
1. Immediately and unconditionally release Hafiz Idris as Front Line Defenders believes that he is being held solely as a result of his legitimate and peaceful work in the defence of human rights;
2. Take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of Hafiz Idris;
3. Ensure Hafiz Idris's immediate and unfettered access to his family and lawyer;
4. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in the Republic of the Sudan are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions.