Denying "the Honor of Living": Sudan, a Human Rights Disaster

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Africa Watch Committee
Human Rights Watch, 1990 - Civil rights - 172 pages
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Page 26 - Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights...
Page 146 - Any service exacted in cases of emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community; iv) Any work or service which forms part of normal civil obligations.
Page 2 - In a direct attack on the institutions of civil society, the RCC has purged the judiciary, the army, and the civil service, banned trade unions and any form of protest, silenced the press and detained several hundred political prisoners. The detainees include lawyers, academics, doctors, politicians, journalists and trade unionists. Most have never advocated nor engaged in violent acts against the government. For the most part, the victims are people the government suspects of harboring liberal views...
Page 43 - ... refused, but had no choice when they took their guns out. He was forced to stay in the bathtub for half an hour. After he got out, he was blindfolded and then beaten all over his body. His body is covered with marks. As they beat him, he was interrogated and subjected to verbal abuse. After two or three hours, he and the other five doctors were forced to undergo the bathtub treatment — stay half an hour in the iced water. This continued for six weeks. They had absolutely no idea where they...
Page 37 - Revolution come to peoples' homes late at night in pick-up trucks; they seal off the whole area while they comb the houses they are looking for. In Khartoum, they are notorious for the torture they have inflicted on numerous people. The torture escalated after the doctors' strike. After that, they really became vicious; everyone arrested after the doctors
Page 27 - appropriate land, goods, and other things for the public good," ban any organization, ban any person from travelling or owning means of transportation, prohibit any economic activity, appoint any individual to a position "required by the necessities of security," dismiss any public servant, and arrest and detain any individual suspected of banning political or economic security.
Page 38 - ... from them. I met in Khartoum an employee of the headquarters of the national telecommunications center, whose fingernails had been pulled out. He said that upon their release, they had been made to sign a document according to which they promised not to discuss the torture they had been subjected to. Kober Prison, Khartoum North, is the major prison for political detainees in Sudan. While the prison is normally provided with adequate sanitary and other facilities, conditions there since June...
Page 31 - ... Special Revolution Security Court. The defendants were accused of organizing an illegal strike and "waging war against the state." The prosecution presented alleged confessions and the testimony of several witnesses. It is widely believed that the confessions and testimonies were obtained by torture. No legal counsel was permitted. On December 10, the tribunal sentenced Dr. Mamoun Mohamed Hussein to death for having chaired the short meeting of the Doctors' Union which agreed on the strike.
Page 165 - ... Sudanese Government relies more on our traditional friendship and Sudan's commitment to democracy than on leverage provided by US aid. During three coalitions we have had unrestricted access to the highest levels of the Sudanese Government. This has allowed frank and frequent discussions at the top. But our privileged access is beginning to show wear as a result of extensive public criticism of Sudan, our declining assistance levels and the repeated hard messages we have delivered to Khartoum.

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