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Iraqi Female Blogger is detained هبة الشمري – مدونة عراقية محتجزة منذ ١٠ أيام بسبب كتاباتها

(English below) خطير وعاجل: مدونة عراقية محتجزة بسبب كتاباتها على الانترنت..بتوع حقوق الانسان والمرأة والاعلاميين والناس اللي بتكره امريكا – او بيحبوها- والناس اللي بتعرف منظمات عالمية وكده برضه يشدوا حيلهم معاها.

ملحوظة : اطلعت على مدونتها ..مضمونها بعثي وصدامي، واصابني بالغثيان. لكنتبقى نفس المطالب بحمايتها من اي انتهاك والتعامل معها وفق القانون.فقطالقانون. هذا ما يجب ان يسود في العراق!. 

اسمها اللي كانت بتكتب فيه في مدونتها هو ” هبة الشمري” – ٣٣ سنة، طبيبة عيون. وكانت في الأردن وعادت للعراق مؤخرا ضمن مهمة انسانية لمنظمة “أهلية” هندية تعني بالأطفال الصم والبكم كانت تتعاون معها. واعتقلت يوم ٢٠ يناير كانون ثان ٢٠١٠ من حي السيدية في بغداد. بتفتيش الكومبيوتر المحمول وجدوا عليه كتاباتها السابقة وهي غالبها معارض للحكم الحالي بالعراق. واضطرت شقيقتها لاعلان اسمها الحقيقي وهو هو “حنان علي احمد المشهداني”. حسب رسالة من ذويها للموقع – كما المتن أدناه- فقد اوقفت لأنها متهمة “بدعم الارهاب” بالعراق… الخ بسبب كتابات سابقة لها علي موقعها/مدونتها ( الرابط بنهاية التقرير) موقع اوروك بيطالب الناس – نشطاء بقى ولا غير نشطاء- بارسال رسائل لمنظمات حقوق الانسان العالمية والأمم المتحدة الخ . وبيحذر من “احتمال تعرض الفتاة للتعذيب والاغتصاب وربما القتل”.(بغض النظر عن اختلافنا او اتفاقنا مع ما كانت تكتبه : فيجب ضمان سلامتها الشخصية وعدم تعرضها لاذى اثناء اي تحقيق معها وضمان حقوقها القانونية وعدم عقابها تعسفيا بسبب رأي، خاصة ان اعتقالها تم بعد وصولها لبغداد بيوم واحد ولم يعرف به سوى قبل ٣ ايام بعد ان انقطعت اخبارها عن والدتها المريضة)


URGENT UPDATE : Iraqi Female Writer/Blogger Hiba Al-Shamaree.

Layla Anwar

January 31, 2010

Following my previous post here,I just received this fresh information regarding Hiba Al-Shamaree thisfellow Iraqi woman writer/blogger who has been kidnapped/arrested bythe Iraqi forces on the 20th of January 2010 in the Sayyediyaneighborhood in Baghdad.

Her sister has just updated her blog with the following :

Hiba Al-Shamaree is detained by Baghdad’s security forces on the charges of supporting the Iraqi Resistance (through her writings), she will be presented to the Criminal/Penal Court…
I am now authorized by Hiba to reveal her true identity to you
Her name : Hanan Ali Ahmad Al Mashadani
Age : 33 years old
Profession: Doctor in Ophtalmology
The chargespressed against her : Inciting to violence and supporting theResistance and according to informed sources this is a charge thatfalls under the clause of Terrorism as per the Iraqi law

Hiba lived inAmman with us, but she insisted on going to Baghdad on a humanitarianmission/assignment, for a project financed by an Indian NGO called HMOKand which dealt with deaf and mute Iraqi children. Hiba was working asa consultant for this  Indian NGO.

They discoveredher pen name Hiba Al Shamaree because when they arrested her she hadher laptop with her which they confiscated and they saw the articlesshe has been posting on her blog.

Signed Huda Al Shamaree, sister of the doctor and writer Hiba Al Shamaree.

—-
End of Message

PLEASE, THIS IS AN URGENT PLEA — THEY WILL DESTROY HER. THEY WILLPUT HER THROUGH THE MOST HORRENDOUS OF TORTURES, including RAPE.  IKNOW WHAT AM TALKING ABOUT. I KNOW. 


PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE HELP. 


CONTACT ANYONE YOU CAN. HIBA’S ONLY CRIME IS HOLDING A BLOG. THAT’S ALL.


 SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. YOU CAN’T LET A 33 YEAR OLD WOMAN DOCTOR BERAPED, TORTURED AND KILLED THAT WAY. BECAUSE KILLED SHE WILL BE . 


YOU CAN LET HER DIE  THAT WAY — JUST BECAUSE OF A BLOG. SHE WAS INBAGHDAD FOR THAT INDIAN NGO, ON A HUMANITARIAN ASSIGNMENT FOR DEAF ANDMUTE IRAQI CHILDREN. THIS IS NOT A TERRORIST/CRIMINAL ACT — HELPINGDEAF AND MUTE CHILDREN. 


HER BLOG IS JUST A BLOG. SHE HOLDS NO GUNS, SHE HAS NO WEAPONS, SHEIS NOT AFFILIATED TO ANY TERRORIST GROUP. SHE JUST HAD HER PEN.


PLEASE HELP HER, PLEASE HELP US.


DISTRIBUTE THIS AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE.–   HRW, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, THE RED CROSS, U.N, ANYONE AND EVERYONE…

YOU OWE IT TO US, YOU BROUGHT “DEMOCRACY” TO IRAQ, YOU OWE IT TO US. YOU OWE IT TO SAVE THIS YOUNG IRAQI  WOMAN’S LIFE.


:: Article nr. 62781 sent on 31-jan-2010 06:57 ECTwww.uruknet.info?p=62781

Link: arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2010/01/urgent-update-iraqi-female.html

 
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Posted by في 31 يناير 2010 in blogs, Human.Rights, Iraq

 

الاتصال قبل الاخير من السيد علاء

يا سلام تقولشي قرا اللي كتبته هنا ..اول ما بدا القول: عزا في ضحايا نجع حمادي .بعد عشرين يوم كاملين ..يجبر بخاطرك ربنا! خصوصا انه عزا كل الناس تقريبا: ضحايا السيول وضحايا لبنان .. وطالب بالاهتمام بالرياضات الاخري كمان في نهاية الاتصال ..يااه .
احنا عندنا طلب اخير وقبل ما يخلص كاس افريقيا وتبطل تتصل بالبرامج تاني:
بص : الماتشات بتاعتنا مبتتنقلش ع الهوا ..احنا عاوزينها  تتذاع و ف ميعادها ع الهوا  حتي لو في ماتشات لفرق تانية وقتها ..موش معقولة يكون الماتش بتاعنا الساعة ٦ ونسمعه ف الراديو ولا نشوفه على المواقع. وبعدين نستنى يتذاع متسجل نص الليل ..ده ماتشات الزمالك لما كان ال١٣ علي الدوري كانت بتتذاع هوا وكل الماتشات التانية بتتذاع على كذا محطة ف نفس الوقت .. فياتذيعوا ماتشاتنا على واحدة من القنوات المصرية الفضائية – عشان كلنا مصريين،  يا تعمل لنا انت قناة لوحدنا وممكن ساعتها الناس تفكر تنتخبك رئيس .. للنادي طبعا؛ ميروحش فكرك بعيد.
اه وبعدين يا خالد: لو سمحت ما تتكلمش بالنيابة عن عصام وتقول ده جاري وكان بيعيط..يا فتان .
 

توني بلير: ليس هذا الندم

يوم جميل ..أعوض ما فاتني أمس من احتفالات الشارع بنصر كروي؛ إذ يبدو أنه لم يعد هناك ما يفرحهم سواها: الكرة..أعود لأتابع شهادة توني بلير  – ليست تحت القسم لذا تبقي مجرد ردود أمام قانونيين ليسوا هم الأكثر خبرة في هذا الصدد كما تقول الصحف البريطانية –  بخصوص “أكاذيبه” حول مبررات الحرب على العراق، وشرعية دخول هذه الحرب. أمر يهم الناخب البريطاني أكثر؛ فمجمل الاتهامات تتعلق بالتزاماته هو تجاه هذ الناخب ..هذا الشهر صدر في هولندا تقرير حول سلوك الحكومة وقتها من دخول هذه الحرب، أو بالأحرى الوعد الذي قدمته بدعم المعسكر الأنجلو الأمريكي الذي بدأ هذه الحرب…. لا هنا ولا هناك – في الاستجوابات او لجان الاستماع التي تأخذ شكلا حكوميا – من يتوقف كثيرا في انتقاده لحكومة بلاده عند مسئوليات القوات الأجنبية تجاه مواطني بلد يعد قانونيا تحت الاحتلال، رغم انهم مهتمون تماما بالجانب القانوني لدخول بلادهم لهذه الحرب او دعهما او المشاركة فيما تلاها من ترتيبات..ترتيبات تذكرنا بما صكه الرفيق برايمر- علي كولة العراقيين- باسم سلطة الائتلاف المؤقتة بالعراق ، اختصارا: سي بي ايه، انهم يسألون أو يستنكرون بالأخص “الكذب” في تبرير الحرب أو في اعطاء وعود لواشطن بدعمها حال قيام الأخير بشن تلك الحرب بالفعل.
أتابع عبر تويتر تحديثات وتعليقات طريفة عن اللجنة وأقوال بلير أمامها..تويتر طلع مفيد والله ..يذكرني بمحاضر كان يقوم بتقليب وحرث تربة أفكارنا. حتى هؤلاء الذين يعانون من مرض فيض الافكار حد الـ”دلدقة” هم مفيدون لك بصورة أو بأخرى، استراحة ونبدأ في التفكير بعد هذا التمرين الذهني….. لابأس: بعض الحرث ينفع المعدة.. الأمر مشابه لما نقرأه سريعا في المدونات وبدرجة أكثر اختصارا في الصديق الجديد: تويتر..لكنني كسولة جدا هذه الأيام وأكولة أيضا! بالكاد أنهي كتابة تعليق أو أضع خطوطا رئيسية لمادة..لازال جهاز التلفزيون مزويا في جانب من الحجرة منذ تعطل: أرمقه بأسى. عبر موقع بي بي سي أتابع كلمات بلير ولجلجته المحببة للبعض..من بين هذا البعض من كان يعتبر افكاره ثورة تنحو لليسار عندما ظهرت كبديل خامس أو عاشر ( هل قال أحد الثالث؟ ) يااه .
فجأة يذكر الرجل البصرة: فأذكر من هجروا منها على الهوية: المندائيون أقدم شعوب العراق، يذكر السلام الذي أصبح فيه العراق والعالم، فأذكر المسيحيين وبعض السنة ممن تعرضوا لاعتداءات في البصرة أيضا – حيث تواجدت القوات البريطانية. للأمانة كان البريطانيون أفضل بمراحل من الأمريكيين في تعاملهم “المباشر” مع العراقيين: في الحقيقة لاعلاقة لذلك فقط بتجارب الاستعمار وتاريخه .  والا لماذا نجح الدنمركيون واليابانيون مثلا في تقديم بعض الخدمات جنوبا؟ هل لأنهم هؤلاء جاؤا بالأساس لتقديم خدمات لم ترتبط بدخولهم الحرب، وحتي لو حصدوا مكاسب مقابل هذا الوجود؟.
أقرأ عن جسر هناك – في البصرة نفسها- تعرض اليوم  للانهيار ..طالما تحدث بلير عن الخير الذي جلبه للعراق: فلماذا لم يرمم البريطانيون هذا الجسر قبل أن يرحلوا؟ لا لا…  لم يكن عليهم أن يفعلوا؛ فكثير من أعمال ما يسمى بالترميم والتي قام بها الأمريكيون والايطاليون في الجنوب كانت تكشفها مياه الأمطار. وقضايا الفساد التي طالت النذر اليسير من أعمال البناء هناك لا تسر.
في مارس آذار ٢٠٠٣ كنت مرتبكة: لم أكن ضد الحرب تماما وقتها ..ولم أكن معها ايضا ..لم يكن خوفي من تبعاتها او نية اطرافها بقدر الخوف مما ستجنيه من نفوس..كان خوفا من يوميات الحرب التي لم نكن نتوقع أن تكون ٢٠ يوما..كنا نتندر عمن يقول ان الحرب ستقضي على البنية التحتية للعراق ” كابل اكو بعد بنية تحتية بالعراق يوبا”..عندما بدأت الحرب قلنا ودعونا آن تنهي صدام سريعا وتنتهي! ..كان من أبغض الأصوات من تنبأ أنه بمجرد سقوط صاروخ المعركة الأول فسينقلب الجيش وينهي “السالفة” في ساعات..المارينز العرب يمسكون الأقلام ..والآن يدقون على لوح المفاتيح ويفتون في كل شيء… وبعدما انتهت الحرب بقليل كنت بالعراق.. أتنقل في كل العراق إلى أن لم يعد هناك مكان آمن فيه سوى كردستان وبعض محافظات الجنوب… بعد عامين عدت لاضيف لـ”يقيني” القديم : بأن التخلص من الطاغية صواب ..لكن معرفة ما الذي سيخلف هذا الوحش هو عين اليقين.
بلير يقول اليوم أنه غير نادم لاسقاط صدام….لكن السؤال الموجه لك لم يكن هكذا أصلاً!.ليس هذا الندم ما يسألونك عنه.

الصورة عن موسوعة النهرين

 
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Posted by في 30 يناير 2010 in Iraq, Iraq Egypt, عفو الخاطر

 

ادي الجمل وادي الجمال

بعض الجرايد المعارضة والخاصة ها تدخل بقى ف تلسين نابع من ان الاخت “نيفين الجمل” اسمها لازم يكون “نيفين الجمال” زي ما كتبوه. وإن هو ده التعريب الصح لكلمة ElGamal ! أو إن الاجانب اللي كتبوا الاسم كده وخلاص.
وكل ما واحد ينشر نقلا عن التاني فها يبقى ده هو الصح من كتر التكرار.
وطالما هي الجمال؛ فلازم تكون قريبة خديجة مرات جمال؛ اللي هي من عيلة الجمال .. وعلى اساس في عيلة واحدة بس ف مصر محتكرة الاسم ده يعني او طالما بنفس اللقب- افتراضا- تبقى بنت عمها لزم!
وطالما من نفس العيلة يبقى حتما ولا بد التلسين (وحتي لو كانت البنت ضحية . و حتي لو كانت غلطانة عشان اتجوزت واحد متجوز وكمان اتجوز عليها: ماهو غلطة البنت لا تغتفر بقى. ولازم نشتم العيلة كلها باعتبار المسؤلية الجماعية. ونخلي الخاص يدخل ف العام وكده!) 
التقرير بتاع التايمز بيقول نيفين الجمل
والسيرة الذاتية بتاعة نيفين اسمها الجمل درست في اسكندرية.
القصة مهمة بالنسبة لي عشان اقارنها بقصة تانية خالص عن اللجؤ وطلب الحماية.لكن بالنسبة لناس تانية ها تبقي اللبانة الجديدة..امضغوا فيها لحد ما تخلص ولا يخلص حكمه؛ طالما هي دي طرق المعارضة الخايبة ليه.
ممكن تطلع واحدة تانية خالص غير دي؟ ممكن تكون من عيلة الجمال فعلا؟ جايز: بس حتى حينه لا يوجد من قراءة المنشوروباعمال العقل وبعض البحث ما يجعلنا ننسبها لغير عائلتها بالعافية . هي دفعة ٩٩ من فنون جميلة اسكندرية ومكتوب اهم الأماكن اللي اشتغلت فيها لو حد مهتم “موت” يعرف الاسم بالكامل وقريبة مين ..بس علي ايه ده كله يعني؟ واذا حتي اخت مرات ابن الريس: احنا مالنا..هي دي وسائل المعارضة الحديثة و”الناجعة”؟

 صورة سعيد بن احمد ال مكتوم – وكما على لسان محررة الموقع نفسها فهي والدته نيفين الجمل

 
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Posted by في 26 يناير 2010 in Egypt, Media, nivinelgamal, watchdog, Women, سخف

 

اتعلموا التشجيع من الدراويش

 
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Posted by في 26 يناير 2010 in Daraweesh, Egypt

 

Sudan: Abuses Undermine Impending Elections

A press release by Human Rights Watch
End Rights Violations, Ensure Free and Fair Process

(NewYork, January 24, 2010) – Violations of civil and political rights bySudanese security forces throughout the country are seriouslyundermining prospects for free, fair, and credible elections in April2010, Human Rights Watch said today.

In the critical periodleading up to and including voter registration in November and December2009, both national and southern Sudanese authorities restricted basicrights, in violation of the Sudanese constitution and international law.

Innorthern Sudan, security forces arbitrarily arrested members andelection observers of opposition political parties and activists. Inone example from South Darfur, national security forces beat andarrested an election observer and detained him without charge for 25days. In Khartoum, the capital, armed national security forcesassaulted and arrested members of an activist group for distributingfliers with slogans opposing President Omar al-Bashir.

“TheKhartoum government is still using its security forces to harass andabuse those who speak out against the ruling National Congress Party,”said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “That isno environment for holding free, fair, and transparent elections.”

TheKhartoum government has also used excessive force to suppress peacefulassembly and has prevented free association and expression. On December7 and 14, police and national security forces violently dispersedmassive peaceful demonstrations in Khartoum and other towns, using teargas, rubber bullets, batons, and other weapons. In many locationsacross northern Sudan, authorities also interrupted or refusedpermission for public events, including training about the electionsprocess conducted by civil society organizations.

InSouthern Sudan, Human Rights Watch researchers who visited in Novemberand December found that southern soldiers and police arbitrarilyarrested, detained, and mistreated members of political parties opposedto the southern ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). TheSPLM and northern ruling National Congress Party (NCP) are the twosignatories to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended morethan 20 years of civil war in Sudan.

In Aweil, NorthernBahr el Ghazal, for example, authorities arrested Tong Lual Ayat, headof the United Democratic Party, on October 22, alleging that his partywas not properly registered, detained him in a safe house for twoweeks, and then transferred him to a military barracks. “I was placedunder a tree and chained to the tree, even at night,” Ayat told HumanRights Watch. He was held there for another 16 days.

HumanRights Watch also documented cases targeting members of SPLM-DC, abreakaway political party that Southern Sudan authorities have accusedof links with the northern ruling NCP.

“Authorities in SouthernSudan should immediately end their arrests of people simply for theirmembership in a political party,” said Gagnon.

Earlier inJanuary, the ruling party nominated al-Bashir, who is being sought bythe International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes againsthumanity in Darfur, as its presidential candidate to run for anotherterm.

Human Rights Watch called on stakeholders to theComprehensive Peace Agreement, the European Union, and the AfricanUnion to deploy international elections observers urgently. Currently,the Carter Center is the only international observation mission inSudan.

“With less than three months to elections and withcampaigning season starting in February, a robust internationalobserver presence is needed now,” Gagnon said. “Careful monitoring iseven more pressing considering that al-Bashir is wanted for war crimes.”

Background
Afterseveral postponements, the Sudanese government announced it will holdnational elections in April. The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement(CPA), which ended more than 20 years of civil war, calls for nationalelections, along with a series of democratic reforms designed to “makeunity attractive” before 2011, when southerners will vote in areferendum on self-determination.

To date, the government hasnot enacted the required democratic reforms and many other provisionsin the peace agreement. Following tense negotiations between the rulingNational Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s LiberationMovement (SPLM) in late December, parliament passed a new nationalsecurity law, one of the required reforms. However, the new law retains broad powersof search, seizure, arrest, and detention that fall short of theenvisioned changes and violate international standards for due process.

Thenational unity government and southern authorities are moving aheadwith election preparations. In November and December the NationalElections Commission (NEC) and the state-level commissions carried outvoter registration over a five-week period, ending December 7.

Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and Assembly in Northern Sudan
OnDecember 7 and 14, security forces in Khartoum and other northerncities violently suppressed peaceful demonstrations that the SPLM andother political parties had organized to protest the ruling NCP’sfailure to enact democratic reforms ahead of the elections.

Witnessestold Human Rights that on the morning of December 7, riot police andsecurity forces arrested more than 160 people, including politicalleaders and journalists, and injured more than 40 people whiledispersing crowds in Khartoum using tear gas, rubber bullets, batons,and other weapons.

In one episode that day, police blocked abridge in Omdurman, a suburb of Khartoum, prompting people to jump offthe sides, resulting in injuries. A 24-year old student who was on thebridge told Human Rights Watch that police attacked him with clubs andinflicted head injuries that required stitches.

On December 14,riot police and security forces again used excessive force to dispersecrowds and made scores of arrests. Hafiz Ibrahim Abdulgadir, a formerminister of local government in Al Gezira state, told Sudan RadioServices that national security officials forced him out of his car,beat him severely, and dropped him off in a nearby location in Omdurman.

Onboth days, national security forces and police also assaulted andarrested journalists, in some instances inside their newsrooms.

Thegovernment has also refused to grant permission for public rallies andother events, though groups made the required applications. On December16, a presidential adviser and former head of national security, SalahGhosh, announced that the government would not allow any publicdemonstrations, saying conditions were “not suitable for this form ofexpression.”

Prior to the December crackdowns, government authorities had already prevented or bannednumerous public gatherings and events related directly to elections. InNovember and December, the government either cancelled, deniedpermission for, or interrupted at least two training sessions onelection monitoring in Kassala, eastern Sudan; two public meetings inKosti, White Nile state; a public speech in support of an independentpresidential candidate in Khartoum; and dozens of public rallies.

Harassment of Activists and Elections Observers in Northern States
HumanRights Watch received credible reports from opposition politicalparties that police and national security officials restricted movementand speech of their election observers, particularly when theycomplained of actions by ruling NCP members and members of popularcommittees, groups of local leaders who certify residency.

OnNovember 8 at a Khartoum registration center, a police officer beat afemale student member of the Communist Party when she refused tosurrender her voter registration card to the popular committee. Twodays later, security forces detained an Umma Party observer whocomplained that ruling party members were misrepresenting themselves aselections officials, and had improperly collected voter registrationcards.

In South Darfur, authorities arrested and detained aCommunist Party observer, Tayfour Elamin Abdullah, for 25 days when hetold people at a voter registration center they should not give theirregistration cards to the ruling party. Abdullah told Human RightsWatch that security officials beat him in custody and told him to leavethe Communist Party.

More broadly, the Sudanesegovernment has harassed, assaulted, and arbitrarily arrested humanrights activists who speak out about elections, Darfur, or othersensitive topics.

On December 6, national security forcesassaulted two student activists for distributing fliers withanti-Bashir messages and to promote voter registration in a public parkin Khartoum. The security officers beat them and detained them forseveral hours. On November 22, security forces arrested an elderly manwhen he was at the hospital for diabetes treatment because he hadfliers from the same group.

In Darfur, authoritiescontinue to detain 16 leaders from displaced persons camps in ElFasher, North Darfur, under emergency laws that grant sweeping powersof detention to state authorities. Police arrested the group in earlyAugust while investigating a murder, but the prosecutor released themfor lack of evidence. Security officers re-arrested many of themwithout explanation.

Dozens of Darfuri student activists remainin detention. Abdelmajeed Salih, a well known Darfuri activist who hasspoken out about Darfur and international justice and who had been indetention without charge since August, was released January 16. He toldHuman Rights Watch that on August 28 a group of armed national securityofficers approached him and his friend in Khartoum, beat them with thebacks of their guns, then detained them.

“During thefirst five days they were very aggressive, hitting me with tubes andplanks of wood until I lost consciousness and they brought me to adoctor,” he said. “They were shouting in my face that I am a traitorand spying for foreign countries.”

At least four members of theUnited Popular Front, a student group affiliated with the Abdel Wahidfaction of the Sudan Liberation Army, which has publicly supported theICC arrest warrant for al-Bashir, have been held without charge sinceApril.

One member of the group, arrested in early October inHasahisa, al Gezira state, was held for 13 days and severally beatenbefore being released. On October 25, security forces arrested aDarfuri student leader at Khartoum University for organizing ademonstration protesting school fees. After subjecting him to intenseinterrogation and beating, they dropped him in a public park at 2 a.m.

Repression of Political Freedoms in Southern Sudan
HumanRights Watch found that Southern Sudan authorities arrested anddetained dozens of members of the northern ruling NCP and politicalparties seen to be in alliance with it, accusing them of variousirregularities without bringing charges.

In the episode inAweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Ayat, head of the newly formed UnitedDemocratic Party, reported to Human Rights Watch that state authoritiesordered his arrest on October 22, alleging his party was not properlyregistered. Southern police held him in a safe house in town for twoweeks, then transferred him to a military prison at Wunyiit.

“Iwas placed under a tree and chained to the tree, even at night,” hesaid. “The prison is one house surrounded by a fence. I spent 16 daysthere. The commander said he would not tell my family where I was, andthey denied me food and toilet.”

In Juba, the capital ofSouthern Sudan, security officials arrested and detained a member ofthe Communist Party, Ismail Suliman, but did not charge him with anycrime. He told Human Rights Watch that security officials approachedhim while he was hanging a party banner in Juba at 9 p.m. on December5, and took him to a military detention center and interrogated himabout his ethnicity and political party activities. They held him forthree days.

SPLM-DC, a party established in June byformer Sudanese foreign minister, Lam Akol, has reported dozens ofarrests and detentions of its members. Southern politicians havepublicly accused Akol, a candidate for president, of allegiance to theNCP and of fueling inter-ethnic fighting in Upper Nile state. In earlyNovember, the South Sudan government issued a letter ordering stategovernors to cooperate with all political parties except SPLM-DC.

InWestern Bahr el Ghazal, soldiers arrested 14 members of the party onSeptember 22, and took them to a military barracks, then interrogatedand beat them. Ten were released, but four remain in a militarydetention center without charge.

In Upper Nile state on October1, government soldiers arrested 22 members of the SPLM-DC in Renk,detained them in military barracks, interrogated them, beat them, andforced them to sign an agreement to stop their political activities, UNhuman rights staff said. They were held for three days. Party membershave also been detained in Yei, Rumbek, and other towns.

TheNCP also reported numerous arrests and detentions in towns acrossSouthern Sudan, often on accusations of improperly registering theirmembers. In Central Equatoria, a member in Morobo told Human RightsWatch that he was detained and beaten in early December for registeringmembers. Another member reported to Human Rights Watch that he had beenarrested with a group of 14 others in Yei town and detained onaccusations of paying people to register as NCP, a charge he denies.

Risk of Violence in Southern Sudan
Althoughvoter registration across Sudan was largely peaceful, inter-ethnicviolence interrupted or delayed registration in some remote locations.In at least one case, a dispute over the National ElectionsCommission’s constituency demarcations triggered violence in SouthernSudan.

On November 15, Samson Kwaje, minister ofagriculture in the Southern Sudan government, visited Wondoruba payam,an administrative area west of Juba town, to encourage voterregistration. During the visit armed members of the community shotKwaje, wounding him in his left arm, in protest over his perceivedattempts to move their payam to a neighboring county against theirwill. Kwaje had earlier successfully lodged a complaint to the NEC thatincluded their payam in the neighboring county’s electoral constituency.

Witnessestold Human Rights Watch that Southern Sudan security forces dispatchedto the scene rounded up suspects, including members of the policeforce, and beat them. At least five civilians remain in detention inJuba without charge. Assaults on civilians and the prolonged detentionof suspects without bringing charges point to systemic flaws in theadministration of justice that have been previously reported by Human Rights Watch.

Thecase also illustrates that the elections process can spark violence,and that conflicts between communities over land and other issuesshould be addressed before the elections.

Governmentauthorities and the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) have donelittle to prevent or prepare for likely security problems. As ofDecember, government authorities were just starting to plan to trainextra forces to provide security at polling places. The UN mission hasbeen training the nascent Southern Sudan police force, but has no plansto deploy its own forces to hot spots during elections.

HumanRights Watch has repeatedly called on the UN mission to make protectingcivilians a priority through increased presence and patrolling involatile areas, better information-gathering and analysis of localdynamics, and helping counterparts in the Southern Sudan government inpeace-building and protection efforts.

Recommendations


  • TheNational Unity Government should ensure that government authorities atall levels respect the rights under the constitution and internationallaw to freedom of expression and association, and should stop usingexcessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations.
  • Boththe national and southern governments should stop arbitrarily arrestingand detaining people and mistreating them because of their politicalopinions; hold accountable police and security forces who violate humanrights; and allow for a robust international observer presence withfull freedom of movement in all parts of the country.
  • The UN mission should increase its presence and patrolling in volatile areas, in line with its mandate to protect civilians.
  • Internationaldonors and stakeholders should urgently deploy election observers intime to effectively monitor pre-elections conditions.

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Sudan, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/en/africa/sudan

For more information, please contact:
In New York, Georgette Gagnon (English): +1-212-216-1223; or +1-917-535-0375 (mobile)
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In Johannesburg, Sipho Mthathi (English, Xhosa): +27-11-484-2640; or +27-82-576-2990 (mobile)
In London, Tom Porteous (English): +44-207-713-2766; or +44-79-8398-4982 (mobile)

 

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Posted by في 23 يناير 2010 in Egypt, Media, watchdog, اليوم السابع