Tuesday, May 03, 2005

SOAT Alert: Disappearance of 3 Men in Nyala, Darfur, Sudan

SOAT Human Rights Alert May 3, 2005 excerpt:

On 20 April 2005, armed men in military uniform stopped a passenger bus travelling from Belail Internally Displaced Persons camp to Nyala and boarded the bus. The armed men selected three male passengers belonging to the Zaghawa tribe and ordered them off the bus. According to eyewitness accounts, the armed men beat the three passengers with the butt of their guns before taking them away in a Land Rover. The details of the passengers are as follows:

1. Ahmed Manees Maalla, (60 yrs), from Marla and lives in Nyala

2. Adam Abdella Mohamed Tor, (34 yrs), from Marla

3. Ibrahim Khidir Abdella, (30 yrs), from Marla

The Omda (Mayor) of the Zaghawa group has visited the police stations and security offices in Nyala but the whereabouts of the three men are unknown.

SOAT expresses fears for the safety of the three men and is calling on the GoS to immediately investigate the incident, make known their whereabouts and give assurances that they will not be tortured or ill-treated.


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