Sudan: Dr. Mudawi released after eight months of wrongful imprisonment

4 September 2017, 13:55 UTC |
Front Line Defenders

Sudanese human rights activist Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam has been released from prison and all charges against him have been dropped.

He faced six trumped-up charges, including "undermining the constitutional system" and "waging war against the state", both of which carry either the death penalty or life imprisonment. All the charges have been dropped.

"It is a great relief that this awful chapter has drawn to a close. Dr. Mudawi, a prisoner of conscience, has been reunited with his family and is once again a free man."  

Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Dr. Mudawi, 58, was arrested by security forces in December as part of a crackdown on opposition leaders and activists. Under Sudanese law, the charges against him were punishable by death. After his arrest Amnesty International called for his release. 

Dr. Mudawi has worked extensively on human rights causes throughout Sudan. In 2005 he was awarded the Human Rights Defenders at Risk Award by Front Line Defenders, a Dublin-based human rights organisation. 

“Dr. Mudawi’s eight months in prison represent a grave miscarriage of justice and his release must serve as a first step towards ending the criminalisation of human rights work in Sudan.

  Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes

Dr. Mudawi was released, along with five other human rights defenders, late on 29 August.