Sudan Arrests Another Human Rights Activist
In response to Sudan's April 17 arrest of human rights activist Adil Bakheit and charging him with crimes punishable by death or life imprisonment, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Adil Bakheit is the latest target of the government’s campaign to silence every voice calling attention to human rights abuses in Sudan," said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. “After sham presidential elections, the government is using the case against Mr. Bakheit to discourage public debate about its actions and policies."
Adil Bakheit is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor and a member of the Secretariat General of the Sudanese Congress Party.The charges filed against him include criminal conspiracy and waging war against the state. His arrest comes a week after Sudan’s decision to release human rights lawyer Amin Meki Medani and political opposition leader Farouk Abu Issa, who had been detained since December.
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