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Sudanese Human Rights Defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam Arrested - January 2004


On 28 December 2003, Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, chair of the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO), was arrested at his home in Omdurman by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). His house was damaged during the search of his home as NISS seized several documents, including a project for the development of water stations in southern Sudan.

Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam's office at Lamda Engineering Company in Khartoum was also searched and he had his computer confiscated. Dr Mudawi Ibrahim has been placed in prison but has thus far not been provided with a reason for his arrest, nor has he been charged with any offence. On 31 December 2003, he was allowed to call his wife to inform her that he was well and to request some clothes. On 7 January 2003, his wife was allowed to see him. However, he is still being held in Kober prison.

Front Line has raised the case directly with the Sudanese authorities and called for his release. Front Line expressed concern that the arrest of Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is linked to the activities of SUDO on behalf of sustainable development and human rights. Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam had carried out a workshop on human rights education in Shendi on 27 December 2003, one day before his arrest.

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