In January 2022, in the middle of the night, armed men stormed into the home of Amira Osman. It is believed that she was kidnapped by the General Intelligence Service (GIS). The Secret police were infamous for their ghost houses. Ghost Houses were torture chambers where thousands of opponents were cruelly tortured.
In January 2022, in the middle of the night, about 15, or more, armed men in plain clothes stormed into the Khartoum home of Amira Osman. We reported: “Armed men have arrested Sudanese women’s rights campaigner Amira Osman. The United Nations mission in Sudan said it was outraged by Osman’s arrest. Armed and masked men wearing civilian clothes abducted Osman after storming her house in Al Riyadh.”
It is believed that she was kidnapped by the General Intelligence Service (GIS) formerly known as the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) but the authorities have not yet commented. The Secret police were infamous for their “ghost houses”.
“Ghost Houses” were torture chambers where thousands of opponents were cruelly abused and sometimes tortured until death.
The General Intelligence Service or Directorate of General Intelligence Service is the intelligence service of the federal government of Sudan, created in July 2019 from the former National Intelligence and Security Service.
Her arrest is just one of several since December, when the GIS were allowed, once again, to take people without informing their families, or lawyers, of their whereabouts.
The exact number of those arrested is not clear – but activists believe that 70 people have been taken by the GIS and neither their families nor their lawyers know where they are.
During the Omar al-Bashir presidency, the National Intelligence and Security Service was an incredibly powerful body. It was granted extensive powers by the National Security Acts of 1999 and 2010 and was frequently referred to as a secret police organization.
It is widely accepted that in addition to its domestic operations, the NISS ran operations and agents throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Western Europe. The secretive organisation’s most well known operation was its massive intelligence network in Iraq, which it was able to build by recruiting foreign fighters passing through Khartoum on their way to Iraq.
NISS was heavily involved in the repression of protestors during the Sudanese Revolution of 2018–2019. In 2019 NISS was renamed as the General Intelligence Service. Another name, but the same abominable organization, especially under al-Burhan’s rule.
Moreover, I think al-Burhan has lost all dignity, honor and identity.
He is an enemy of God, the Sudanese, and the humanity.