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Cablegate: Dafuri Human Rights Activist Arrested

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SUBJECT: DAFURI HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ARRESTED

REF: KHARTOUM 760

1. (SBU) On September 2, poloff talked with Hamid Nur, a former U.S.
Embassy locally-employed staff member in the political section, to
discuss the detainment of a human rights activist. Nur said the
National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested Abdel
Majeed Saleh Abakr Haroun in Khartoum on August 30. Haroun is a
Darfuri human rights activist and leading member of the Darfur
Democratic Forum. (NOTE: Haroun is also a former grantee of the
USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). END NOTE.)

2. (SBU) According to Nur, NISS arrested Haroun and another
unidentified Darfur Democratic Forum employee while they were on
their way to meet with female Darfuri students who were beaten in
June 2009 (reftel). Nur said that the meeting was to follow up on
the women's case against some elements of the security service in
relation to the Darfuri women's accusation that NISS members beat
and sexually harassed them in their dormitory at Khartoum University
in June 2009 (reftel).

3. (SBU) According to Nur, who confirmed the information with Darfur
Democratic Forum members, Haroun remains in NISS custody. He has
not been charged or put on trial, and the location of his
confinement is unknown. Members of the Darfur Democratic Forum
expressed fear for Haroun's health and life.

4. (SBU) Comment: This appears to be yet another case of the
security services here arbitrarily detaining Sudanese citizens
deemed "unfriendly" to the regime. Darfur activists, and
particularly those engaged in human rights work, are likely to be
continue being security service targets. End Comment

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