On 13 November two activists in Sudan are due to stand trial for ‘indecent behaviour’. They are at risk of imprisonment or flogging.

 

On 21 October Najlaa Mohammed Ali and Amin Senada were arrested by members of Sudan’s police and security forces who raided their car in Port Sudan. Najlaa Mohammed Ali, a lawyer and human rights activist, she met with Amin Senada, also an activist, to discuss the planning of a workshop. After their meeting, both of them got into the car that Najlaa Mohammed Ali had used to get to their meeting point. During the journey, their driver received a phone call and stopped the car to answer it. Minutes later two armed men came to the vehicle claiming to be from Sudan’s Public Order Police. After that another six men from the police and security forces joined them. They accused Amin Senada of placing his hand on Najlaa’s shoulder and ordered them to come with them to the Police Public Order Department. They threatened to take them by force if they refused to comply.

يحتل اسم المهندسة المدنية أمل عثمان الناشطة في مجال حقوق النساء عناوين الصحف في السودان منذ عدة أسابيع بعد إلقاء القبض عليها عندما رفضت أن تغطي شعرها.وتواجه أميرة احتمال الحكم عليها بأربعين جلدة إذا أدينت بمخالفة المادة 152 من القانون الجنائي الصادر عام 1991.وقالت أميرة إنها كانت في مكتب لتسجيل العقارات يوم 27 أغسطس/ آب بصحبة أختها لاستخراج شهادة وبعد انتهائها من الإجراءات صادفت مجموعة من أفراد الشرطة الذين علقوا على ملبسها.وأضافت أن شرطيا أمرها بأن تغطي شعرها فرفضت، فهددها زملاؤه باقتيادها إلى مقر شرطة النظام العام إذا لم تمتثل.

GENEVA (6 November 2013) – Flogging women, including for “honour-related offences” amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in international law and must stop, two independent UN human rights experts said Wednesday in the wake of recent cases involving women in Sudan.

This volume looks back at a wealth of women’s peacebuilding practice documented by Accord since 1998. Case studies from Cambodia, Sierra Leone, northern Uganda, Papua New Guinea–Bougainville, Northern Ireland, Angola, Sudan, Indonesia–Aceh and Somalia (presented in the chronological order in which the original Accord issues were published) shed light on what women peacebuilders have done to overcome conflict and the challenges they encountered. The cases reflect women’s practice in particular contexts yet also provide general insights for peacebuilding practitioners and policymakers – insights into what women peacebuilders can achieve and how they can be effectively supported in their efforts.

Our Sudanese allies have come together to denounce the violence perpetrated by the Sudanese government.  Below you will find their message and petition. Please sign and circulate widely amongst your respective networks.

September 2013 saw hoards of people taking to the streets of Sudan in protest, sparked by the government’s lift on fuel subsidies in the already impoverished country.  Sudanese police and intelligence forces shot more than two hundred people dead.  The fact that the authorities’ guns were aimed at people’s chests and heads indicates that the aim was to "shoot to kill."  

On Monday October 21st Elsafie DafAllah and Hyatham Karar will hold a hunger strike in front of the White House (October 21st-25th).

تدين شيكة "النساء في ظل قوانين المسلمين" ومنظمة آري ومجموعة نساء النوبة ن قتل مئات المحتجين السودانيين وجرح العديد منهم، نتيجة استخدام قوات الأمن السودانية للقوة المتعسفة وغير القانونية المستخدمة ضد موجة من الاحتجاجات في الخرطوم والعديد من المدن الأخرى في البلاد.

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), Arry and the Nuba Women’s Group condemn the killing of hundreds of  Sudanese protesters and the many more injured, as a result of  arbitrary and unlawful force being used by Sudanese security forces in a wave of protests in Khartoum and several other towns in the country. 

Amira Osman is awaiting trial for refusing to cover her hair. She is one of thousands of Sudanese women who are being arrested under Sudan's criminal code, sentenced, and publicly lashed.

"I am a Muslim woman but I will not cover my head, a piece of cloth should not determine my spirituality" - Amira Osman. While the anger is accumulating in Sudan and peaceful demonstrators are being injured and killed by the Sudanese regime forces, this comes as a natural result of years of injustices.  Sudan has been exposed to the brutality of the dogmatic ideology of political Islam, and the people have been stripped of their dignity. The story here is just a tip of the iceberg. Sudanese women are the mirror of the cruelty and disparity imposed by the ruling regime. 

 
الخرطوم، 72 سبتيمر 7102 . يُتابع المرصد السوداني لحقوق الإنسان بقلق بالغ الانتهاكات الجسيمة لحقوق الإنسان التي
تصاحب الاحتجاجات السلمية المتواصلة منذ 22 سبتمبر 2102 ، خاصة في مدني، ا ولخرطوم.

Khartoum. 27th September 2013. Sudanese Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) follows with great concern the gross human rights violations that accompany the ongoing peaceful protests since 22nd September 2013, especially in Medani and Khartoum. People were protesting in different locations in Medani, Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman against the government decision to cut subsidy of oil products, and consequently increase prices of fuel and food items. Police and security have dealt with these protests violently leading to killings in several cases.

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