URGENT CONCERN FOR RIGHTS DEFENDER ON HUNGER STRIKE OVER UNLAWFUL DETENTION

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, a prominent Sudanese human rights defender, has been unlawfully detained for over two months. He is being held by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) at Khartoum’s Kober Prison without charge or access to legal representation, 39 human rights groups and activists said.


Ibrahim, who was arrested with his driver, Adam El-Sheikh Mukhtar, on December 7, 2016 at the University of Khartoum, has received three brief visits from family members, all of which have been supervised by the NISS. A public statement issued by the family after meeting him on January 27, 2017 said that he appeared to be in poor health with visible weight loss. They said that the NISS have prevented Ibrahim from receiving essential medication for a preexisting heart condition. The latest visit on February 9 followed a week-long hunger strike that continues to date. The family noted that Ibrahim has lost more weight and is extremely fragile with decreasing blood pressure.


Released detainees also reported to Hurriyat and Radio Dabanga that they saw Ibrahim being beaten by NISS officers following the declaration of his first hunger strike.


February 14, 2017 marks 70 days since his arrest and 13 days since Ibrahim resumed a hunger strike to protest his detention without charge or access to legal representation. He originally went on hunger strike on January 22, but ended it on January 27 following a family visit. Ibrahim resumed his hunger strike on February 2 to protest the continued unlawfulness of his detention. He has since been placed into a “punishment cell” with bad ventilation and very hot temperatures, thereby exacerbating his medical concerns. The NISS have furthermore opened proceedings against Ibrahim under Article 133 (Attempted Suicide) as a result of his hunger strike.


The government of Sudan, under law, is responsible and accountable for the mental and physical integrity of Ibrahim and over a dozen other detainees who are being held by NISS without charge or access to their families and lawyers. They include human rights defenders Tasneem Ahmed Taha Alzaki and Hafiz Idris. The NISS is known for ill-treatment and torture. Released detainees have reported harsh beatings by officials in Kober Prison.


The undersigned organizations and individuals call on the Sudanese authorities to immediately release all detainees or to charge them with an internationally recognized offense and to ensure their physical and psychological integrity in custody.