Adam Sharief, a lawyer and the coordinator of the Darfur Bar Association in South Darfur, was arrested on 26 September and is now being held without charge in Nyala by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). He has not been granted access to a lawyer.
Six days before his arrest Adam Sharief carried out an interview with independent radio station Radio Dabanga, in which he criticized the Governor of South Darfur for the lack of security in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. He alleged that the local authorities were employing militias who are responsible for a number of recent killings in Nyala, including the killing of a prominent local businessman, his son and his nephew. He also criticized the use of live ammunition by security forces to disperse demonstrators that gathered together on Ismail Ibrahim Wadi’s funeral on 19 September. According to reports at least five people were killed by live fire during the demonstration and at least 48 were seriously injured and required hospital treatment.
Amnesty International is concerned that Adam Sharief has been detained for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression. The organization believes that he should be immediately released or charged with a recognizable offence. Further. please ensure that Adam Sharief is not subjected to torture or any ill-treatment while in detention.
Please release Adam Sharief immediately or charge him with a recognizable crime, while ensuring humane treatment while he is in custody. Adam Sharief has apparently been detained for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, having been arrested on September 26 for a radio interview. I ask that you respect the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in South Darfur.
Thank you for any attention you may give to my request.