SAF SOLDIERS ARRESTED TWO TRADERS AND CONFISCATED THEIR GOODS

IN ABU-JIBAIHA, SUDAN

No. H.K/UA/06/023

Date: 16th May 2023

                                                                                                                     URGENT ACTION

SAF SOLDIERS ARRESTED TWO TRADERS AND CONFISCATED THEIR GOODS IN ABU-JIBAIHA, SUDAN

On 10th May 2023 Sudan Armed Force (SAF) soldiers in Abu-Jibaiha brutally arrested two traders and confiscated their goods. This happened when the traders were travelling from Abu-Jibaiha to Tembaira. SAF accused them of being affiliated (connected) to SPLA-N. The traders are still held incommunicado at Abu-Jibaiha military base.

On 10th May 2023, SAF soldiers at the checkpoint of Jebel Elomda in Abu-Jibaiha stopped a travelling agricultural tractor which was from Abu-Jibaiha town going to Tembaira village. The tractor was pulling its trailer/bed with passengers and goods on it. SAF soldiers forced all the people traveling with the tractor to go to the military base of Abu-Jibaiha.

While at the military base, the soldiers tied Mr. Abdo Osman Komi with ropes and started to beat (kicked) him. They also arrested another trader by names of Mr. Ahmed Abdelkarim Ibrahim and they confiscated their goods.Thereafter,the soldiers allowed the tractor and other passengers (apart from those two) to continue with their journey. The confiscated items are: ten (10) sacks of sorghum, ten (10) Iron sheets and three (3) ironic pipes.

According to the testimony of the other released passengers (witnesses); SAF arrested the two traders while accusing them to be members of Sudan People Liberation Movement/ Army – North (SPLM/A-N). They also accused them (traders) of carrying goods (merchandises) without obtaining the pass permission for taking them to SPLA-N areas/ territory (where Tembaira located).

HUDO Centre is very concerned about the safety of civilians in Sudan especially during this period of general conflict/ war and calls upon:

        Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in Abu-Jibaiha to immediate release Mr. Abdo Osman Komi and Mr. Ahmed Abdelkarim Ibrahim with their goods without any conditions or to refer them to the courts of law if there is a case to answer.

        The SAF commandant in South Kordufan State/ Nuba Mountains to investigate the circumstances around those traders arrested by SAF in Abu-Jibaiha and makes the findings public.

        The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) to stop the arrest of civilians.

More information

Mr. Abdo Osman Komi is 47 years old (known by the nickname of Kabashour) and Mr. Ahmed Abdelkarim Ibrahim is 50 years old. They are both traders at Abu-Jibaiha market and they usually attend different weekly markets including Tembaira.

Abu-Jibaiha is the main town of Abu-Jibaiha locality in South Kordufan State within the government controlled territory. Tembaira is located in Haiban locality of South Kordufan State but within SPLA-N controlled territory. Tembaira is approximately 80 km southwest of Abu-Jibaiha.

Tembaira has been holding a weekly market. Since 2019, the weekly market is attended by people from both government and SPLM/N controlled areas/ territories.

The agricultural tractor with trailer is the commonly used means of transport in South Kordufan especially during the rainy season due to poor roads.

Since 15th April 2023, military confrontation (fighting) broke out between SAF and RSF in Khartoum and other states which caused serious damage among civilians, hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and hundred thousand were displaced. However, South Kordufan State was less affected but SAF continues to mistreat civilians for instance;

        Earlier, on 29th March 2023, SAF soldiers arrested Mr. Ahmed Abduelkarim (one of the reported detainees) for some hours in Abu-Jibaiha market and threatened to kill him. Even then, the reason SAF gave was that, he is a member of SPLA-N.

        On 19th April 2023, Mr. Mahana Hanai was brutally arrested in Talodi, he was kept incommunicado up to 25th April 2023 when he was released.

        On 4th May 2023, Mr. Ahmed Fadul was arrested by a group of Sudanese Armed Force (SAF) soldiers in Aleri Ghareb/ West. He was accused of insulting the Sudanese Armed Forces. Up to date he is held incommunicado at the military base.

The affected rights: personal freedom, free trial and freedom of expression.

        Articles 46, 52 and 57 of the constitutional document for the transitional period in Sudan for the year 2019,

        Articles 9, 14 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Articles 9, 11 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.