Sudan: Teenagers detained, allegedly tortured must be released, says Amnesty

Amnesty International has demanded the release of two teenagers who have suffered from jail detention and facing brutal torture in Sudan because they doubt they were involved in killing police officers during the pro-democracy protest in Khartoum.

The two suspects named Tupac, 17 years old, and Rana Abdulghafar Abdulraheem,, 18, have been suffering from imprisonment without charge since January 15.

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Amnesty stated that there are reasonable concerns the youths were seized and held without any charge. This violates their due process rights, and they are subjected to torture while in detention.

It demanded the teenagers get released or charged and remanded by an independent court.

As per their lawyer, ‘Rana Abdulghafar Abdulraheem, Tupac, a member of a group known as Ghadiboun, known as “the angered people”, was taken from his hospital bed by police. A teargas canister had injured him during protests in the capital.

They arrested the Fateh in a mosque near the place where the protest took place, and it is evident that he was not part of the protest.

According to Abdulrahman, they had been in torture; the lawyer said they had witnessed the cigarettes burnt on his head, and they even did not permit visitors. They did not want us to see his condition because he was in bad shape. Abdulraheem said both teenagers had been tortured.

According to the mother of Tupac’s, ‘Nidal Sulieman’, her son had problems related to blood pressure, but they still did not allow the doctor to see him or take medication since his arrest.

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Requests for the pair to be reviewed by doctors, allowed under Sudanese law, were rejected.

Till now, more than 80 people lost their lives, and many were injured in protests in response to the military coup in October 2021, which followed an anxious two years as the country sought to transition to democratic rule. Hundreds of people and political activists have been detained.

They also reported one person killed in the Monday protest in Omdurman, the twin city of capital Khartoum, when protestors were heading towards the presidential palace of the coup leader, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

However, the police did not pass any comment about the detentions, but the sovereign governing council has promised to investigate the matter of violence against the protestors.