2014 | African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Safia Ishaq Mohammed Issa v Sudan

Ms Safia Ishaq Mohammed Issa, represented by the Redress Trust (REDRESS) and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), submitted a complaint against the Government of Sudan to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 18 February 2013. Ms Safia Ishaq, a member of Girifna (a Sudanese non-violent resistance movement) and the Youth Forum for Social Peace, was arrested on 13 February 2011 after her participation in student rallies and for affiliation with aforementioned movements. In detention she was gang-raped, beaten and verbally abused by three men. The authorities have so far failed to investigate the violations or to provide other forms of reparation. Ms Safia Ishaq decided to leave the country after she and her family were threatened by the authorities.

REDRESS was informed by the African Commission that the complaint of Ms Safia Ishaq has been declared admissible on 29 May 2014.

Filling of the complaint 

Admissibility submission 

It is worth mentioning that journalists that have called for an investigation of the case have been criminally prosecuted by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) of Sudan (source 1, 2 and 3).