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February 27, 2013 (NAIROBI) - Sudanese government doctors amputated a man’s right hand and left foot by court order in Khartoum on 14 February, violating international laws prohibiting torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishments, rights groups said Wednesday.

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In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), Human Rights Watch (HRW), REDRESS and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) called on Sudanese leaders and the international community to condemn the practice and to urge swift reform of Sudanese laws in line with the country’s international human rights commitments.

According to reliable sources, medical doctors at the Sudanese ministry of interior’s Al-Rebat Hospital in Khartoum carried out what is called cross-amputation on 30-year-old Adam Al-Muthna, carrying out a sentence for an armed robbery conviction.

“Cross amputation is a form of state-sponsored torture,” said Dr Vincent Iacopino, a senior medical advisor at PHR. “The complicity of medical personnel in such practices represents a gross contravention of the UN principles of medical ethics for health personnel, particularly medical doctors who engage, actively or passively, in acts of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”, he added.

The al-Sudani daily newspaper reported that Muthna was convicted of firing on a car with an assault rifle between North Kordofan and East Darfur in March 2006 and stealing SDG 1,000 (US$228) from its passengers.

The Sudanese Penal Code provides cross amputation as a penalty for armed robbery when it results in grievous injury or involves theft of property with a value exceeding SDG 1,500 or about $340.

HIGHEST STANDARDS

The statement said physicians and other health professionals must hold themselves to the highest professional standards of commitment to human rights, even under threat of harm.

ACJPS executive director Osman Hummaida has reiterated calls for amputations and other inhumane punishments to be abandoned, saying such practices had “no place in any criminal justice system”.

Amputation as a form of corporal punishment was incorporated into Sudanese law in 1983 when then-president Gaffar Nimeiry introduced Islamic reforms known as the “September laws”.

Although sentences imposing amputations have been handed down under those laws, there are no known cases since 2001 in which such sentences have been carried out, with human rights groups hoping this had signalled a de facto moratorium on the practice.

HRW’s Africa director, Daniel Bekele, said Sudan also routinely practiced other forms of corporal punishment, including stoning and flogging, usually carried out for drinking alcohol.

Both penalties are forms of corporal punishment justified under the country’s Islamic Shari’a law.

In 2012, two sentences of death by stoning for adultery were imposed on women but were later overturned following international outcry.

“The practice of corporal punishment in Sudan is frequently used as an instrument of repression against those who do not conform to the state’s conception of moral order”, said Dr Lutz Oette, counsel at REDRESS.

As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Sudan has made a commitment to an absolute ban on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Sudan is also a party to the charter of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). In a separate case concerning the use of flogging as a punishment in Sudan, the commission found: “There is no right for the government of a country to apply physical violence to individuals for offences. Such a right would be tantamount to sanctioning state sponsored torture”. Sudan also signed, but has yet to ratify, the UN Convention against Torture.

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  • 28 February 2013 08:40, by Joseph Canada

    Wow!! am so glad am not part of this country !!! $228.00???.. The Amputee must be either Nubian or Darfurian. My Black Africans have to endure this in their own Land!. Damn Shame!!!

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  • 28 February 2013 08:43, by Joseph Canada

    Wow!! am so glad am not part of this country !!! $228.00???.. The Amputee must be either Nubian or Darfurian. My Black Africans have to endure this in their own Land!. Damn Shame!!! This country Break Human right Laws every time. This is the Center of the Big Devil I tell you.

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  • 28 February 2013 08:43, by Joseph Canada

    Wow!! am so glad am not part of this country !!! $228.00???.. The Amputee must be either Nubian or Darfurian. My Black Africans have to endure this in their own Land!. Damn Shame!!! This country Break Human right Laws every time. This is the Center of the Big Devil I tell you.

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  • 28 February 2013 10:02, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Poor Darfurian Black Africans suffering the execution

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  • 28 February 2013 10:12, by mabut

    this is savages laws a modern nation can not do such inhuman act to their own citizen unless they are terrist. these ncp fanatic are enemies of the sudanese people.

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  • 28 February 2013 10:21, by mabut

    let me inform you about this guys, this laws only target the communities that ncp precieve as enemies.It is not a God law it is a law of oppression. God will never forgive you for your bad deeds. These sharia laws only target nuba people, people of blue nile and durfur people. Check it out and you will find that person whom they cut his hand and leg is either a nuba, blue nilean or durfurian

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  • 28 February 2013 10:41, by master

    well done gov
    this is the low of God and we should obey our God orders

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    • 28 February 2013 13:06, by no peace with north

      Master of satan/devil do you think God can cut his is head even no religion can do axccept only devil Isamic can do fuck you your religion fuck your religion fuck your religion fuck gay mohamade I hate isamic completely.

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    • 28 February 2013 13:17, by no peace with north

      Why you treat human God created in such a way who are you to judge human being like that God will judge gay first is Nuba refuse to be gay that is why you treat them like that. because most of Nubian are in true religion christaimty that is problem.

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    • 28 February 2013 13:18, by no peace with north

      Why you treat human God created in such a way who are you to judge human being like that God will judge gay first is Nuba refuse to be gay that is why you treat them like that. because most of Nubian are in true religion christaimty that is problem.

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    • 28 February 2013 14:13, by Marco A. Wek

      Oh give me a break Mistress . what you satanic brothers are practicing has nothing to do with laws of God rather it is Satanic laws.
      Continue deceiving yourselves that you evils ones are doing God’s work by amputating and killing people. Hell is your places satanic sons and daughters.

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    • 28 February 2013 14:31, by aguotwany@live.com

      You fucking ( master) , correct word law before saying those cruelty support to your leaving khartoum’ government . You will be punish to what you carrying on Darfurians and the SPLM/-N people . Time is not far for you idiots your will be worst .

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    • 28 February 2013 15:28, by Junta

      Master
      The first people whose hands ought to have been amputated for theft and robbery with violence is NCP because of looting South Sudanese resources such as land (Kafie Kingi, Higlig, Abyei etc); plus our oil! Infact their (NCP) tonques should be chopped as well for falsefying the ownership of these lands!

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    • 28 February 2013 18:03, by Majongdit

      Master,
      How happy I am when you just went wrong on your spelling of the word ’law’. I know you wanted to say ’the law of God’ but I’d rather like ’the low of God’. THAT’S THE LOWEST YOUR GOD HAS COME TO. allahaskar, not allahakbhar!

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    • 1 March 2013 11:37, by Khawaja

      Well, Master, if that’s your Allah’s law then 99% of the Sudanese should be missing most of their limbs; never have I been in a country where lying/cheating/stealing is so common; if this guy’s punishment is losing a hand and a foot then how much are you going to cut off your beloved life-time ’president’ al-Bashir for stealing billions of dollars?
      http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/12/18/130

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  • 28 February 2013 11:38, by Makunon

    Omar want to top up the crimes he made with other inhuman activities and yet is like and supported by AU. shame on AU.

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  • 28 February 2013 12:35, by Jojo

    Very inhuman type of handling Laws. This Umar al Bashir is the real antichrist. Where is the voice of those Mr. Jalaby who is always backing Khartoum government.
    The one who suffered such punishment might be from Darfurians or Nubians.
    We in South pity your because we are having the same colour.

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  • 28 February 2013 12:39, by 4Justice

    You claim Allah created you but, now you are chopping off the limbs Allah gave you... makes absolutely no sense?

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  • 28 February 2013 12:51, by 4Justice
    • 28 February 2013 14:34, by Eastern

      So terrible and so shocking. What a punishment!

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      • 28 February 2013 16:29, by Joseph Canada

        To the Freakin master guy, "The law of God" my Yori Yoti!!!.. God created a man the way he/she is. He never Punish Adam and Eve by Mutilating them. Your Translation of the Business book of death called Koran is full of Devil’s work!!
        Just look at those photos and Picture your Mother like that or your Brother.

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      • 28 February 2013 20:32, by Peacocktail

        OOOOOH NO!. terrifying situation in Sudan, NCP is killing Africans indirectly in the Name of Devil Religion, Gay Mohhammed proclaim himself to be Prophet of doom. Sudan NCP started gross mistreatment of her citizen better Marshal Law then Amputating limbs.....Better to change that regime in Khartuom.I would urge French Government to uprooted NCP, all Al Qaedas grouping in Sudan to oppress and kill

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    • 1 March 2013 06:40, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Really!!!! that Allah of yours you the Norhten people, that God MUST BE CRAZY!!!!!! I don’t know why Saudi called the Holy land and not the HELL If the pass such a law while they consider themselves as true religion. Sorry for Darfur and Nubian people, that’s so graphic I don’t even want to see it. I hope the human right watch groups have a chance to see this.

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  • 28 February 2013 16:49, by Dengda

    we South Sudanese are courageous people, that why we fought hard against such evil laws called sharia laws, which inhumane practices on civilian the government pretend they serves. I think Bashir is catalyst his days number so to go Hague.

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  • 1 March 2013 08:48, by sudani ana

    In 2012 in NY in the USA alone 500 people were shot dead by criminals, thousands of children were raped and sexually abused. All this down to the man_ made laws. Compare this to Saudi Arabia in 2012 only 1 or 2 murders so thousands of lives saved. God’s laws work because he knows what’s best for his creation.

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    • 1 March 2013 09:35, by Xeno

      USELESS PEOPLE LIKE THEIR ASSHOLE PROPHET MOHAMMED, WHO USED TO FUCK THOUSAND OF PIGS UNCOVER IN THE ARABIC DESERT AND KILLED THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN HIM AND CLAIMED HE WAS KILLING THEM IN WARS.

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  • 1 March 2013 09:53, by Gat-khir

    @sudani anna
    Do not hide your criminal business behind God. Amputating the limbs of a person is not God’s law. Instead, it is a torturing, which is a criminal act by itself. This is inhuman and only a devil like you can support it. God will not forgive you for sure.

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