Sudanese WHRDs at The Frontlines: Report on the Situation of WHRDs in Sudan

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The report on the Situation of Sudanese Women Human Rights Defenders, reflects the situation of Sudanese Women Human Rights Defenders during the period from 2009-2012. In this report we try to highlight the main challenges  facing WHRDs in Sudan, and document the escalating violations against them by state and non-state actors. The work of Sudanese WHRDs in the period covered in this report is the most risky and affected by the fundamental changes which took place during the 3 years this report documents.

 The secession of South Sudan in July 2011 created new challenges, especially in North Sudan where just months later a new civil war began in what became known as “the new south” (in the region of the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile). Additionally, the conflict in Darfur continued to escalate since 2002. Continue reading

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Update: Jalila Khamis the Nuba activist released today

After 10 months in the detention Jalila Khamis the Nuba woman activist had been released today for lack of evidents after the charges against her were dropped today . Jalila had been detained on March 14th , 2012 for her in helping the IDPs from her home region in Nuba mountains.

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Urgent Action : 65 Women detainees enter hunger strike in Kadugli/ Nuba mountains

 

On December 27th ,2012 more than 65 women detainees in Kadugli the capital of south Kordofan state, entered in  hunger strike, protesting the ill-treatment inside the armed forces 14th division detention in Kadugli. After 3 days of hunger strike, on December 30th , the security and armed forces decided to transferred the women detainees to Al Obaied prison , in North Kordofan. The conditions in the Kadugli prison described to be inhuman, by some detainees released, and the situation in Al Obied should be better in term of space and food, but its unknown yet if the women detainees will allowed family visits , or any charges will be presented against them. Continue reading

Press Release – Sudan: End the violent attack against Darfuri Female Students

 

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At 2:30AM, December 13, 2012, 6 men wearing women Jilbab and face veiled, entered the girls dorm in Khartoum University, and attacked the Darfuri female students in the dorm. “They were shouting ( ALLAH Akbar= God is the Greatest), and they were carrying big knives, they just started beating us, Iman a first year lost her finger, when one of the attackers injured her hand with his big knife, and during the fight they manger to unveil them” said (A-S) one of the dorm girls, she continued describing that horrific night saying “ Asmaa , a first year student also in Khartoum University, severely injured in her hand, also while she was fighting with the attackers armed by knives. We couldn’t sleep that night and we kept awake until our colleagues came back from hospital”.

The Darfuri female student struggle started on November 26th, when they protested the denial of free registration and the tuition waiver in the university and the dorms by the Khartoum University administration. And when the administration refused all their appeals and denied the fresh students from entering the dorms ad the university for free the Female students decided to take to the street. The free registration and the tuition waiver for Darfuri students is one of the rare accomplishments of the peace agreement between Darfur rebels groups and the Sudanese government. Darfur region is witnessing conflict since 2002 ,  where at least 200 thousands peoples died and 2 million are living in IDPs camps, which led to the indication of the Sudanese Omar Albashir of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the international Criminal court. Continue reading

Urgent Action : Jalila Khmis formally charged and face execution

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On December 13th, 2012 after 9 months in detention without charges, Jalila Khamis , the Nuba woman activist has been presented to court today, facing serious charges could lead to her execution. Jaila today had been formally charged of undermining the constitutional system which article 50 , and Waging war against the state , under article 51 , in addition to article 53 ” Espionage against the country ” , 21” criminal joint act”, article 66 ” publication of false news” , all this charges under the Sudanese criminal law of 1991. The court took place in Khartoum north courts .Because of the absence of the witnesses the judge delayed the court to 18th of December.

Jalia khamis is a45 years old mother of 5 , a  teacher and a Nuba women human rights defender , she had been arrested March 14th , 2012  at 2:00AM from her house and taken wearing her sleeping clothes , her family didn’t knew her whereabouts for two days , where she had been detained by the Sudanese security . she had subjected to torture, verbal abuse, and had been detained in solitary cell in the security detentions in Omdurman for 2 and half month, and in the past two weeks she had been transferred to the regular prison on Omdurman women prison , where she is finally had the chance to connect with the outside world after 4 month of detention and investigation , which led to her have health problems among them high blood pressure . Continue reading

Take Action to End violence Against Sudanese Women- Dec9th

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Dear All,

Sudanese WHRDs project , Arry organization for Human Rights in collaboration with Girifna will start Twitter and Facebook campaign in solidarity with Sudanese women , calling for ending all forms of violence against them. The campaign is taking the opportunity of the 16 days global campaign to end violence against  women, and highlight the struggle of Sudanese women against all forms of state and non-state violence and especially the militarized Sudanese state that lead to non-stop 60 years of civil wars, where women are the main victims.

Hope all of you  participate with us  on December 9th,  tweet and post on Facebook calling to end violence against Sudanese women. please  Use and Follow the has-htag #16days and #Sudan.
December 9th , the day for solidarity with Sudanese women, and take action to end violence against Women in Sudan.

Thank you for your support and solidarity.

Update : Journalist and WHRD hair shaved and tortured

 

Somaya Hendousa founded dumped in slums east of Khartoum , severely tortured and her hair shaved confirmed resources close to her family . Hendousa family are in shock after what happened to her and starting police report against NISS member had been threatening Hendousa after she returned to Sudan last week. The resources confirmed that Somaya subjected to racial insults and torture  because she is Darfurian , and her hair shaved , as the NISS members torturing  her told her that Darfurians  does not have this kind of hair it is ( Arab hair ).

The Sudanese National Security arrested in October 29th , 2012 the journalist Somaya Hendousa , confirmed her family members . Somaya called her sister screaming  : “ let me tell my family” , at the afternoon of October 29th when she went to the super market , since then she went missing and her whereabouts remain unknown. The next day one of her family members received SMS informing him that she is in detention . Continue reading

Free Jalila Khamis

Dear Freinds,

Jalila Khamis is detained for 8 month and face death sentence for speaking about the war in Nuba mountains in Sudan , help us free Jalila and save her life .

Jalia khamis is a45 years old mother of 5 , a teacher and a Nuba women human rights defender , she had been arrested on March 14th , 2012 at 2:00AM from her house and taken wearing her sleeping clothes , her family didn’t knew her whereabouts for two days , where she had been detained by the Sudanese security . she had subjected to torture , verbal abuse , and had been detained in solitary cell in the security detentions in Omdurman for 2 and half month , and in the past two weeks she had been transferred to the regular prison on Omdurman women prison , where she is finally had the chance to connect with the outside world after 4 month of detention and investigation , which led to her have health problems among them high blood pressure . Jalila hosted in her house of tow rooms 20 peoples from her home region of Nuba mountains when the war erupted in June 2011 , she had been detained for helping her own peoples when they fled the war to Khartoum and for speaking publicly about their catastrophic situation .

Jalila Now is facing charges could lead to her execution , while she is detained for 8 month now without being presented to any law court .

Please sign with us to save the brave women , teacher and mother of five from arbitrary detention and death sentence , sign with us to regain Jalila’s freedom and her children their mother . Please take Action NOW !
please sign on this link : http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_Arbitrary_detention_Free_Nuba_woman_activist_Jalila_Khamis/?launch

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Urgent Action Journalist and WHRD detained and at risk of torture

The Sudanese National Security arrested in October 29th , 2012 the journalist Somaya Hendousa , confirmed her family members . Somaya called her sister screaming  : “ let me tell my family” , at the afternoon of October 29th when she went to the super market , since then she went missing and her whereabouts remain unknown. The next day one of her family members received SMS informing him that she is in detention .

Somaya is a journalist living in Egypt, but she used to work for local newspapers in Sudan ,and for the past six years she had been publishing on the internet searching for wider freedom space , she is covering and advocating the issues of conflict regions such as Darfur and Nuba mountains . while she was in Egypt she had been receiving threatening emails and phone calls from unknown number , especially  in the past few months , and when she decided to visit her family last  week, she told one of her family members to wait for her in the airport because she is afraid from the threats she received . After she arrived she did received a threating call telling her that she is welcomed in Sudan , that when she informed her family that she is followed and afraid for her life .

The Sudanese government had been threatening Sudanese activists living abroad and specially in Egypt for the past year and continue to monitor their actions and movement . Reports from dozens of activists in Egypt of threats and intimidations  by the Sudanese government  is on rise . Continue reading

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An Idealist on Death Row

BY CHRISTIAN CARYL | OCTOBER 3, 2012 – originally published on Foreign Policy

Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.

You’ve probably never heard of Jalila Khamis Koko. As for me, I’ve only read about her. But it’s quite clear from what I’ve read that she’s an extraordinary person.

Her life story has the same improbable trajectory as that of so many other human rights activists around the world. A 43-year-old elementary school teacher, wife, and mother isn’t necessarily the sort of person you’d expect to confront one of Africa’s most vicious governments. But that’s what she’s done. For more than a year now, the government of Sudan has been waging a war in the border state of South Kordofan, Jalila’s homeland. The fighting has included the same sorts of abuses already sadly familiar from the conflict in Darfur, including wholesale rape, the use of famine as a weapon of war, and the indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilians. It has created half a million refugees in South Kordofan and neighboring Blue Nile state.

Jalila responded by turning her home in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, into a refuge for those fleeing the fighting. By this spring around two dozen people were living there. But what really drew the attention of the Sudanese authorities seems to have been her outspoken criticism, in a now-notorious video published in June 2011, of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s brutal treatment of her fellow Nubans, the majority inhabitants of South Kordofan. (Like so many other of Sudan’s ethnic minorities, the Nubans, who are not Arabs, have persistently resisted Bashir’s efforts to make them conform with his own ethnic and religious definition of what “proper Sudanese” are supposed to be.) She also had the temerity to call for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict. Continue reading