Sudan Sept. 2012

The Law Society of Upper Canada condemns the arrest and detention of lawyers in Sudan since demonstrations began in the country in mid-June 2012.

Reliable reports indicate that since the start of the protests, Sudanese security forces have detained approximately 2,000 people.  On July 1, 2012, four members of the Darfur Bar Association, including the head of the association, were arrested at a press conference where they were briefing journalists on a case of a human rights activist who had been detained for over one year.  On July 16, 2012, in Khartoum, 300 Sudanese lawyers protested to call for the President's security forces to stop using force against peaceful protesters.  A delegation of lawyers submitted a memo to the President at his palace asking him to stop the use of force and to release all arrested individuals.  A similar protest took place in Nyala outside of the house of the governor of South Darfur, however three lawyers were arrested.  The lawyers were released and then re-arrested on July 19, 2012.  Detainees have mainly been held in National Intelligence and Security Services detention centres known for ill-treatment and torture. Several detainees have reported harsh treatment, including beatings and sleep deprivation. 

 

Letter of intervention to President