Officers implicated in torture still retain transitional government positions

The head of the National Umma Party, Abdul Rasoul al-Nur, revealed that officers aligned to the security services have retained their positions despite their involvement in torture against opponents of the former regime.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Al-Nour said in an Anti-Torture symposium held at the Omdurman Cultural Center on Friday evening in honor of the leader of the National Umma Party, Prince Abdul Rahman Naqd Allah, that “the person directly responsible for their arrest in the nineties is Lieutenant-General Salah Sagha.”

Al-Nour and a member of the Nasserite Democratic Unionist Party, Intisar al-Aqli, spoke about their personal experiences in the former regime’s prisons, and listed some aspects of the torture that they had been subjected to.

He indicated that he omitted a lot of information about the torture methods employed by the former regime, out of consideration for the Sudanese public, and the fact that some details describe numerous sexual abuses.

For his part, the Executive Director of Geneva Human Rights Organization, Nizar Abdel Qader Saleh, called for Sudan’s accession to the United Nations Convention against Torture and its protocol.

The Geneva human rights director pointed out that the Special Rapporteur against torture had not received an invitation to visit the country and review the situation.

Saleh called for the necessity of enacting legislation by the Legislative Council, once it is formed, to prevent torture, and to align the local legislation with the Global Convention against Torture.

He stressed the need to train all regular forces on acknowledging and respcting human rights and extracting confessions without practicing torture.

Saleh also said that turning the page on the past can only take place through accountability and impunity, stressing the importance of “transitional justice.”

Ghost Houses

In turn, the former Secretary-General of the Umma Party, Sarah Naqdullah, revealed that Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok issued a recent decision to convert a “ghost house” into a permanent exhibition for victims of torture, wars, and genocide.

“Hamdok suggested sending two people from the Supreme Committee for the Commemoration of Emir Naqdullah to South Africa and Rwanda to benefit from their experiences in this field,” she said.

A higher national committee headed by journalist and writer Mahjoub Muhammad Salih was formed last June with the aim of organizing events to memorialize the historical leader of the Umma Party and head of the secretariat of the National Democratic Assembly at the turn of the nineties during the last century in recognition of his pioneering role and steadfastness in resisting the former regime and its role in torture.

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