UA Arrest of Mr. Gamar Adlan by SAF in Talodi

HUDO Centre No. H.K/UA/07/022
3 rd November 2022



On 31stOctober 2022, Mr. Gamar Adlan was arrested by SAF from a public gathering in Talodi town. The reason for his arrest is unknown. He was held incommunicado and is assumed to be undergoing torture. On 31stOctober 2022, five (5) armed soldiers dressed in Sudan Armed Force (SAF) uniform arrested Mr. Gamar Adlan from the town main yard in Talodi town. He was arrested amidst a public gathering which was celebrating the integration of Popular Defense Force (PDF) soldiers in SAF. He was taken to Talodi military base and since then, nobody (lawyer or family member) has been permitted to visit him. This raised fears that he could be undergoing torture. Up to now, the reason behind his arrest is not known. One of the lawyers in Talodi talked to HUDO Centre saying that; we can’t guess the reason behind the arrest of Mr. Gamar by SAF because he came from SPLA-N territory since June 2022 without being questioned. But we will push to find out. HUDO Centre is very concerned about the situation of civilians in SK State and calls upon;

· SAF in Talodi to disclose the whereabouts of Mr. Gamar Adlan.

· SAF in Talodi to allow family and lawyers to visit him.

· Sudan government to end the state of emergency in conflict areas which enables SAF to carry out arrests at will.

· The SAF in Talodi to immediately release Mr. Gamar Adlan or to transfer him to the courts of law if there is a genuine case against him.

· The SAF high authorities in South Kordufan State/ Nuba Mountains to investigate the circumstances around Mr. Gamar’s arrest by SAF in Talodi and to make the findings public. HUDO Centre More information Talodi is the capital city in Talodi locality of South Kordufan State/ Nuba Mountains. Mr. Gamar Adlan (45 years old) is self-employed. He is originally from Farandala village (about 35 km southwest Talodi town) located in SPLA-N controlled territory. However, since June 2022 he arrived in Talodi seeking for a job.

Since the military coup conducted on 25th October 2021, SAF in Talodi used to arrests, tortures civilians and confiscates their things. For instance;

· On 27th October 2022, Mr. Hamid Ramadan was arrested by SAF from his house in Talodi town. The reason for his arrest is unknown. He has been kept incommunicado and is assumed to be undergoing torture up to date.

· On 5th July 2022, Mr. Mohammed Hussein together with two others was arrested by SAF in Talodi. They were held incommunicado at Talodi military base up to 14th July 2022 the day of their release. However, all their money was confiscated. According to SAF interrogation, they were arrested because they were coming from SPLA-N area.

The affected rights: Personal Freedom

· Article 46 of Sudan Transition Constitutional Document 2019

· Article 9 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights