giovedì 25 ottobre 2012

Sudan - Sudanese man at risk of execution

A Sudanese man, Al-Tom Hamed Tutu, a member of the Darfuri armed-opposition group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), faces imminent execution if his death sentence is not overturned on appeal. He was subjected to a flawed trial and has reportedly been tortured in detention.

Al-Tom Hamed Tutu was arrested on 21 July 2011 in the Kadugli locality, in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state. He was charged with seven counts against the state including, “undermining the constitutional system” and “waging war against the state” (under Articles 50 and 51 of the 1991 Criminal Act), both of which are punishable by death or life imprisonment. The trial took place in Kadugli Criminal Court from 22 to 25 August 2011, following which he was sentenced to death by hanging. This sentence was upheld by the appeals chambers of the same court in September 2011.

Al-Tom Hamed Tutu’s lawyer was not allowed to introduce witnesses during the trial or given sufficient time to review the evidence against his client. Reports further indicate that Al-Tom Hamed Tutu was tortured in prison on various occasions; his hands and feet were beaten with wooden sticks, and he was suspended from the ceiling with his hands and feet bound together. He has also reportedly been repeatedly threatened with execution.

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Object: Sudanese man at risk of execution

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I call on you to commute the death sentence against Al-Tom Hamed Tutu.
I urge you to ensure that Al-Tom Hamed Tutu gets a fair retrial, in accordance with international standards on fair trial.
I call on you to ensure that Al-Tom Hamed Tutu is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated.
I stress that under international law the execution of people after a trial that does not meet international fair trial standards is a violation of the right to life.
I call on you to establish an official moratorium on executions in the country, with a view to abolish the death penalty, in line with the growing global trend and resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Right, and urging the President to commute all existing death sentences.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Salutation: Your Excellency
HE Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir
Office of the President
People’s Palace
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Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Justice
Mohammed Bushara Dousa
Ministry of Justice,
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And copies to:

Minister of Interior
Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed
Ministry of Interior
PO Box 873

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