Sudan: Arrest of Dr.Abdelbasit Murgany
URGENT APPEAL -THE OBSERVATORY
SDN 002 / 1210 / OBS 146
Arrest / Incommunicado detention /
Risk of torture and ill-treatments
December 17, 2010
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human
Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Sudan.
Description of the situation:
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arrest and incommunicado
detention of Dr. Abdelbasit Murgany, a prominent human rights defender, in Khartoum.
According to the information received, Dr. Abdelbasit Murgany is currently detained
incommunicado without charges by the Sudanese Security Services in an undisclosed
location. Dr. Abdelbasit Murgany suffers from hypertension and other cardiac problems that
require consistent medical care.
Given that he is reportedly detained incommunicado, the Observatory fears that Dr.
Abdelbasit Murgany might be subjected to acts of torture or ill-treatment during his detention.
The Observatory denounces the arrest and incommunicado detention of Dr. Abdelbasit
Murgany and expresses its deep concern about his physical and psychological integrity. The
Observatory calls on the Sudanese government to immediately disclose where Dr.
Abdelbasit Murgany is being held; to ensure him access to adequate healthcare and to a
lawyer of his choice; to grant his family access to see him, and to order his immediate
release in the absence of valid legal charges that are consistent with international law and
standards, or, if such charges exist, bring him promptly before an impartial, independent and
competent tribunal and guarantee his procedural rights.
The Observatory urges the authorities of Sudan to:
i. Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Dr.
Abdelbasit Murgany, as well as of all human rights defenders in Sudan;
ii. Grant Dr. Abdelbasit Murgany immediate and unconditional access to a lawyer of his
choice and to his family, as well as guarantee that he receives adequate medical
care, in accordance, inter alia, with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the
Treatment of Prisoners;
iii. Order his immediate release in the absence of valid legal charges that are consistent
with international law and standards, or, if such charges exist, bring him before an
impartial, independent and competent tribunal and guarantee his procedural rights at
iv. Conform in any circumstances with the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human
Rights Defenders, in particular its Article 1, which states that “everyone has the right,
individually or in association with others, to promote the protection and realization of
human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”, its
Article 5 (b) which establishes that “for the purpose of promoting and protecting
human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in
association with others, at the national and international levels to form, join and
participate in non-governmental organizations, associations or groups”, and its article
12.2 which provides that “the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the
protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association
with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse
discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her
legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”;
v. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in
accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments
ratified by Sudan, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
· Mr. President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, Office of the President, People’s
Palace, PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan, Fax: + 249 183 783223
· Mr. Mohammed Boushara Dossa, Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, PO Box 302,
Khartoum, Sudan; Fax: 249 183 764 168 / +249 183 770 883; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Mr. Ali Ahmed Karti, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/External
Relations, PO Box 873, Khartoum, Sudan, Fax: 249183772941
· Mr. Ibrahim Mahmoud Ahmed, Minister of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Interior, PO Box 873,
Khartoum, Sudan, Fax: +249 183 779383 / +249 183 776 554; Email:
· Advisory Council for Human Rights, Rapporteur, PO Box 302, Khartoum, Sudan, Fax: +249
183 77 08 83
· Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sudan to the United Nations in Geneva, Avenue
Blanc 51-53 (3rd Floor), 1202 Geneva, Switzerland, Tel: +41 22 731 26 63, Fax: +41 22 731
26 56 / +41 22 716 19 70, Email: email@example.com
· Embassy of Sudan in Brussels, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 124, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.
Tel.:0032 (2) 647 51 59 / 0032 (2) 647 94 94, Fax: 0032 (2) 648 34 99, Email:
Please also write to diplomatic representations of Sudan in your respective countries.
Geneva-Paris, December 17, 2010
Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.
The Observatory, a OMCT and FIDH venture, is dedicated to the protection of Human Rights
Defenders and aims to offer them concrete support in their time of need.
To contact the Observatory, call the emergency line:
• E-mail: Appeals@fidh-omct.org
• Tel andfax OMCT + 41 (0) 22 809 49 39 / + 41 22 809 49 29
• Tel andfax FIDH + 33 (0) 1 43 55 25 18 / +33 1 43 55 18 80