Past eventResearch Event

Agents of Fear: Launch of an Amnesty International Report on Sudan

4 October 2010 - 13:00 to 14:00

Chatham House, London


Ali Agab, African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies
Monim Elgak, Human Rights Activist
Rania Rajji, Researcher on Sudan, Amnesty International
Chair: John Ryle, Legrand Ramsey Professor of Anthropology at Bard College, NY



This event will launch an Amnesty International Report which argues that human rights violations, including secret detention and torture, have created a climate of fear in Sudan. The report details how human rights defenders, political dissidents, students and members of ethnic minorities continue to be arbitrarily arrested and detained. Chief among the agents of government repression is the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), whose members have immunity from prosecution for all crimes committed in the course of their work.

The report illustrates the human rights violations committed by the NISS in Sudan, and the extensive powers and immunities the NISS continue to enjoy under the new 2010 National Security Act. It calls on the Government of Sudan to reduce the powers and immunities of the NISS, to put an end to human rights violations, to bring perpetrators to justice and to ensure that victims have redress.

The speakers will discuss the report's findings.