Sudanese tortured to death in Libya
A Sudanese man died in prison as a result of torture in Tripoli, Libya, on Friday. Sudanese who tried to flee into Egypt from Libya and are now stranded, still await assistance from the Sudanese embassies.
The brother of the deceased Tijani Mohamed Abakr (24 years) from Kutum, North Darfur, explained how Tijani was accused of stealing and arrested. “He and his colleague were accused of stealing money from the Libyan for whom they were working in a shop. The police arrested and jailed both of them,” Sharif Mohamed Abakr told Radio Dabanga.
He said that the police tortured his brother and the colleague by starving them, until Tijani died. The health of the colleague, who is still detained, is deteriorating.
Sharif called upon human rights organisations to rescue the remaining detainee, and open an independent investigation about the killing of his brother.
Sudanese in Libya waiting to cross border
In Salloum on the Libya-Egypt border, 65 stranded Sudanese, including five families, who tried to cross into Egypt, have been living in difficult circumstances.
One of the stranded Sudanese told Radio Dabanga that the Egyptian authorities prevented them from entering the territory, and then move to Sudan. They had contacted the Sudanese embassy in Tripoli to intervene, to no avail. The stranded now criticise the embassy in Libya for neglecting their situation.
They have been waiting for ten days for a representative for the Sudanese embassy in Cairo, Egypt, to arrive in Salloum. The witness asked the authorities in the Sudanese Foreign Ministry to intervene and save them from the dire situation they live in.
Sudan’s Foreign Minister, Ali Karti, denied that Khartoum neglected the situation of the stranded Sudanese in Libya. He assured in a press statement that the Department of Expatriate Affairs is “working hard” for the allowance of the Sudanese into the country, and “save them from the tough situation they are in.” He advised Sudanese nationals abroad to avoid conflict areas.
File photo: Prison in Tripoli, Libya (HRW.org)
Salloum refugees on hunger strike (13 November 2011)