Case #433

Country of Origin: 
Sudan
Type of persecution: 
Honor killing or violence
Gender of applicant: 
Female

Case Summary

The applicant was an active participant in the Democratic Unionist Party (�DUP�), speaking out against the government. She left Sudan because the government�s repeated harassment and insistence on her abandoning her political activities made life intolerable. She joined the DUP while a university student. As a DUP activist, she engaged in pamphlet writing and distribution, and public speaking. She wrote and talked about the legitimacy of the government, democracy, equal protection of the laws, and other political topics. She was arrested on three occasions for her political activities. Once she was held for three days without food; twice she was beaten and guards spit in her face. The captors told her that they would kill her and her family if she continued her political activities. They also ransacked her home and forced her brother, the sole source of income in the family, out of his job. After graduating from college, she was repeatedly denied work because of her political activities. The ruling party, the National Islamic Front, uses formal and informal security forces to engage in a pattern of abuse and intimidation against people who speak out against the government. She fears that she will be killed or tortured if she returns to Sudan. The applicant left Sudan for the US in 1995. After she arrived in the US, the harassment of her family continued. Security forces regularly searched her mother�s home, looking for information about the applicant. During one of their searches they discovered that she had given birth to a child in the US and that she was not married to the child�s father. The security forces arrested the applicant�s brother and told him that they would kill his sister and her daughter if they ever returned to Sudan.

Date Submitted

Monday, July 10, 2000 - 00:00