Save Amira Osman Hamed from flogging in Sudan
Update (05/12/13): People like you came out in your thousands to protest charges against Najlaa and Amin, two activists in Sudan who also were facing flogging. On Monday, all charges against them were dropped. Keep up the pressure on the Sudanese authorities and make sure all charges are dropped against Amira too – we still have time while her hearing has been postponed.
Update (14/11/13): Amira Osman's trial hearing has been postponed while the Attorney General and Minister for Justice reportedly consider a memo submitted by her defence team challenging the constitutionality of the immoral dress provisions of Sudan's Criminal Code. We will continue to monitor her case for developments.
The trial of Amira Osman Hamed starts on Monday 4 November and if convicted she could be sentenced to flogging in Sudan for refusing to cover her hair with a headscarf.
Email the Sudanese Minister of Justice and ask him to drop the charges immediately.
On 27 August Amira was arrested by the Public Order Police. The 35-year-old civil engineer and women's rights activist was working in the outskirts of Khartoum when 10 policemen approached her and threatened to take her to the police station for her 'crime'. She was then charged under Article 152 of Sudan's 1991 Criminal Code with 'indecent or immoral dress' and faces the possibility of receiving up to 40 lashes if convicted.
Amira's court case, scheduled for 19 September, was postponed to give the Attorney General enough time to consider the request to drop all charges.
We need to act quickly as the Sudanese authorities are making up their minds now. Stand with Amira and the women of Sudan who face discrimination and disproportionate punishment every day.
Appeal to the Sudanese Minister of Justice, Mohamed Bushara Dousa, to drop all charges against Amira Osman Hamed.
Amnesty is against the use of flogging, which particularly affects women in Sudan, including girls under the age of 18. The practice is cruel, inhuman and degrading and in some cases judges have exceeded the legal limit and punished women and girls with up to 50 lashes. Flogging is not only wrong and humiliating, but can lead to long-term psychological and physical scars.
Write to the Minister of Justice now.
For offline actions, please send appeals before 4 November 2013 to:
HE Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir Office of the President People's Palace PO Box 281 Khartoum, Sudan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Salutation: Your Excellency
Mohamed Bushara Dousa Minister of Justice PO Box 302 Al Nil Avenue Khartoum, Sudan Email: email@example.com Salutation: Your Excellency
Ibrahim Mohamed Ahmed Ministry of Interior PO Box 873 Khartoum, Sudan