Sudan: Release of human rights defender Dr. Amin Mekki Medani and political activists Faruq Aby Eissa and Farah Ibrahim Alagar

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On 9 April 2015, the Sudanese Minister of Justice announced the suspension of the case brought against Dr. Medani, President of Sudan’s Confederation of Civil Society Organisations, Vice President of Civil Society Initiative, and former President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) and he was released, along with Mr. Faruq Abu Eissa, chairman of the opposition group, the National Consensus Forces and Mr. Farah Ibrahim Alagar, political activist. The three men were released the same day.

They were arrested on 6 and 7 December 2014, following their signing of the “Sudan Call”. The “Sudan Call” is a Declaration on the “Establishment of a State of Citizenship and Democracy”, under which the co-signatories - representatives from political and armed opposition parties - committed to work to end the raging conflict and towards legal, institutional and economic reforms. Dr. Medani co-signed the call on behalf of civil society organisations.

FIDH, along with its member organisations, the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), mobilized and advocated for their release through its Observatory and before regional and international human rights mechanisms and institutions, including through the filing of a communication before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), on behalf of Dr Medani and Mr. Abu Eissa. FIDH will continue, together with its members, to urge the Sudanese authorities to put an end to all acts of harassment and intimidation against human rights defenders and comply their regional and international human rights instruments obligations.

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