Calling for the release of Sudanese human rights defenders

Human rights defenders in Sudan have been imprisoned by government authorities, with some reported to be subject to torture and ill-treatment. Prominent defender Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam has been detained since December last year.

 

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Julie has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the EU's Higher Representative for Foreign Affairs on what could be done to bring about the release of these human rights defenders.Here is the question in full:

 

Subject:  VP/HR — Imprisoned human rights defenders in Sudan  

Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, Hafiz Idris, and Mobarak Adam Abdalla are three Sudanese human rights defenders who have been held by Sudanese government authorities on false charges, and now face the death penalty. Dr Mudawi and Hafiz Idris have been held for approximately seven months, and have allegedly faced torture and ill-treatment. Mobarak Adam Abdalla has been held for over three months.

Authorities are also holding seven other human rights activists in detention, some apparently solely because they are alleged to have had contacts with international human rights organisations. These individuals also face criminal charges in a related case. A trial date has not yet been set.

Dr Mudawi is the founder of the Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO), and I tabled a parliamentary question regarding his case in January 2017.

What steps have the EEAS, EU Member States and the EU Delegation to Sudan taken to secure Dr Mudawi’s release?

What steps have the EEAS and Member States taken or do they intend to take to secure the release of all human rights defenders imprisoned in Sudan?

What long-term action has the EU taken to end human rights violations, particularly torture, in Sudan, and to bring perpetrators of crimes to justice?

Subject:  VP/HR — Imprisoned human rights defenders in Sudan  

Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, Hafiz Idris, and Mobarak Adam Abdalla are three Sudanese human rights defenders who have been held by Sudanese government authorities on false charges, and now face the death penalty. Dr Mudawi and Hafiz Idris have been held for approximately seven months, and have allegedly faced torture and ill-treatment. Mobarak Adam Abdalla has been held for over three months.

Authorities are also holding seven other human rights activists in detention, some apparently solely because they are alleged to have had contacts with international human rights organisations. These individuals also face criminal charges in a related case. A trial date has not yet been set.

Dr Mudawi is the founder of the Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO), and I tabled a parliamentary question regarding his case in January 2017.

What steps have the EEAS, EU Member States and the EU Delegation to Sudan taken to secure Dr Mudawi’s release?

What steps have the EEAS and Member States taken or do they intend to take to secure the release of all human rights defenders imprisoned in Sudan?

What long-term action has the EU taken to end human rights violations, particularly torture, in Sudan, and to bring perpetrators of crimes to justice?

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