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The trial of Amira Osman Hamed starts tonight 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.

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.

We need to act quickly. Amira’s trial begins tonight. 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.

We have just hours to demand the Sudanese Justice Minister throw out the case> http://ow.ly/p0kOm