MPIC, ACPJ call on authorities to put burying committee on halt
The Missing People Investigation Committee (MPIC) has called on the coup authorities in Sudan to stop the work of the committee tasked with burying unidentified bodies last June, and to cancel the decision of the Sudanese Attorney General issued this September.
The African Center for Peace and Justice called on the Sudanese authorities to facilitate and support the implementation of the recommendations announced by the MPIC related to the burial of unidentified bodies and the terms of reference of the committee charged with burying them.
The committee also called for returning the Argentine international medical team to Sudan and ensuring full access to hospitals to enable it to complete the work that started in July 2021.
Adhering to Instructions
The committee also called for ensuring compliance with medical guidelines and protocols for identifying bodies in mortuaries in Khartoum, and using advanced technology such as satellites to locate mass graves.
The list of recommendations included the formation of an impartial and objective investigation committee that includes members of the Sudanese Bar Association, the Journalists Syndicate and the Missing Persons Initiative (a civil society advocacy group).
This investigation committee is to conduct investigations into new cases of unlawful extraction of human organs from corpses by some Sudanese doctors.
It also called for investigations into cases of unidentified bodies sent to the UAE for examination in 2021 by the Sudanese Attorney General’s Office.
In its statement, the commission pointed to major problems related to protocols for burial of the dead and the investigation of missing persons.
The Commission confirmed that it would not participate in or supervise any work related to the burial committee.
According to the committee, cases were reported in which some bodies were buried, which later became clear to the missing persons committee that the same bodies were still inside the mortuary. An example of this is the body of Muhammad Ismail Abu Bakr, also known as “Wad Akkar.”
The investigations of the committee also revealed that some of the bodies from the June 3, 2019 Khartoum massacre were transferred to the morgue 3 months after the accident date.
Some of the bodies were buried without a medical autopsy, and some bodies did not even belong to the victims of the June 3 massacre.
The importance of the Missing Persons Committee is summarized in two cases, one of which is for the Qusai Hamdto, who was registered as missing after the June 3, 2019 incident, and whose body was discovered in the morgue 3 months after his disappearance.
The other case being that of Bahaa El-Din Nouri, who died as a result of torture, but the official autopsy report cited “high blood pressure” as the cause of death.