FIDH pays tribute to Dr Amin Mekki Medani

Press release

Paris, September 3, 2018. It is with great sadness that FIDH has learned, on August 31st , the death of Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, a longtime champion of human rights. Dr. Medani was an eminent member of the FIDH movement, as member of the International Board of the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and former President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), FIDH member organisations in Sudan. Sudan, Africa and the Arab world lost an outstanding human rights defender.

Dr. Amin Mekki Medani dedicated his life to the protection and promotion of human rights and the rule of law in Sudan and worldwide. He was a prominent lawyer and doctor in Criminal Law and served in various national and international institutions.

Throughout his life, Dr. Medani has actively documented and denounced human rights violations committed in Sudan, advocated for accountability, justice and democratic change and represented victims of crimes. He was at the forefront of Sudan civil society including as the President of the Sudan’s Confederation of Civil Society Organisations. In Sudan, he also worked in the judiciary and in the Democratic Transitional Government of Sudan, as cabinet Minister for peace, reconciliation and elections.

“Due to his constant and fierce commitment to defend human rights in Sudan, Dr. Medani had become a target of the regime. He however never gave up his struggle for a more democratic and peaceful Sudan and will remain an inspiration to all of us”, said Arnold Tsunga, FIDH Vice President.­

Dr. Medani’s commitment to defend human rights went beyond the borders of Sudan. He took up high level positions in the United Nations and served in the Palestine, Croatia, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq as representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) or legal advisor to the Special Representative of the U.N Secretary-General. His engagement to fight against impunity and to promote human rights in the world empowered many of us.

FIDH and its 184 member organisations extend their sincerest condolences to his family, his wife and children, and to everyone who worked with him in this struggle for justice and peace in Sudan. FIDH has a special thought to his friends and colleagues, and wishes to express its commitment to stand alongside them in continuing the fight for human rights in Sudan.

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