Submission to Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in the case of Jalila Khamis Koko

REDRESS and Arry submitted a request for Urgent Action regarding the arbitrary arrest and detention of Mrs Jalila Khamis Koko, who was arbitrarily arrested by Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 14 March 2012 in Khartoum, Sudan. Jalila Khamis Koko was arrested and detained on account of her activities as a human rights defender and specifically for the support she provided to internally displaced persons from South Kordofan State/ Nuba Mountains, where an armed conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has been ongoing since 5 June 2011. She was kept in conditions of detention contrary to the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and was subjected to death threats amounting to torture and other cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment (‘ill-treatment’) by NISS officers. The request for Urgent Action was therefore also shared with the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Degrading and Inhuman Treatment or Punishment, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences and the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Sudan as it engages their mandates.

We called on the Special Rapporteurs to ensure her immediate and unconditional release; that a full and independent investigation into her arrest, detention, torture and ill-treatment commence immediately; and that those responsible be prosecuted where sufficient evidence is available and subjected to adequate punishment.

Jalila was released after a court hearing on 20 January 2013.

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