Dr Amin Mekki Medani and Mr Farouq Abu Eissa v Sudan 

Just before midnight on 6 December 2014, the Government of Sudan's NISS arrested two prominent public figures on their return from political negotiations held in Addis Ababa between Sudanese political and armed opposition groups. A large number of personnel from the NISS, arriving in six vehicles, arrested Dr Amin Mekki Medani, (m), 75 years of age, and Mr Farouq Abu Eissa (m), 78 years of age, from their homes in Khartoum. Although their families were not informed of the reasons for the arrests, the men were detained after signing the "Sudan call" on 3 December 2014 in Addis Ababa. 

The "Sudan Call" is a declaration that commits signatories to work towards the end of the conflicts raging in different regions of Sudan. The document also pledges to work towards legal, institutional and economic reforms. Dr Amin Mekki Medani signed the document on behalf of a group of civil society actors. Mr Farouq Abu Eissa signed on behalf of the Sudanese National Consensus Forces -an umbrella of political opposition parties- in his capacity as Chairperson of that group. 

In the early hours of 7 December 2014, NISS also arrested Dr Farah Ibrahim Mohamed Alagar, (m), 60 years of age, in his home in Alfitihab neighbourhood of Omdurman. Dr Alagar had also attended the Sudan Call negotiations in Addis Ababa but had not signed the resulting document. 

On 19 December 2014, a group of 13 non-governmental organisations, including REDRESS, sent an open letter to several UN Special Procedure mandate holders and working groups, as well as to their counterparts at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. In their letter, the NGOs urge the mandate holders to call upon the Government of Sudan to release the three men from custody in the absence of valid charges against them, to disclose their whereabouts and grant access to their family members and a lawyer of their choosing, to guarantee their safety and to grant them any medical assistance they may require. 

On 20 February 2015, REDRESS, in collaboration with its partners- African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT)- submitted a complaint to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on behalf of Dr Amin Mekki Medani and Mr Farouq Abu Eissa. We asked the Commission to take up this case, during its meeting in Banjul, The Gambia, which began on 19 February 2015. The Organisations also urged the Commission to call on Sudan to adopt provisional measures to prevent irreparable harm to the two Complainants. 

The African Commission was seized of the Communication at its Extra-Ordinary Session held from 19-28 February 2015 in Banjul, The Gambia. REDRESS and its partners made a submission on the admissibility of the case on 5 May 2015.

 

 


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