In this letter, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada urges the authorities of Sudan to:
- either immediately release these detainees or charge them with recognizable crimes and grant pre- trial release;
- guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of the detainees;
- reveal their location and give them access to lawyers of their choosing, to medical treatment and to their families;
- ensure that the detainees are not subject to torture or any ill-treatment;
- conform with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular its Article 3, which states that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”; its article 5 which provides that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”; and its Article 20 (1) which provides that “everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association”; and,
- ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Sudan.