Target: Osman Hummaida
Goal: Remember prominent human rights defender Osman Hummaida
Human rights defender, Osman Hummaida, died on April 17, 2014 in Johannesburg, Africa. The man worked relentlessly on promoting human rights in Sudan, where he was often detained for expressing for his views. He spent 25 years fighting for these rights and was one of the most influential Sudanese activists. Sign this petition and remember his deeds.
A passionate activist, Hummaida was an inspiration to a younger generation of activists who are facing a government known for abuse, torture, and oppression. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Hummaida’s work, he was often detained and abused. In November 2008, he and two other human rights activists were detained by Sudanese officials. They tortured him for his work with justice, accountability, and accused him of working with the International Criminal Court for crimes committed in Darfur. Despite all of this, Hammaida continued his work while in exile.
In 1990, Hammaida was also imprisoned with hundreds of other Sudanese activists for their opposition to the policies of the ruling party, the National Salvation Front. Hammaid was detained for a year and half, even staying in Sudan’s ghost houses. These houses are notorious for torturing detainees, who are kept watch by humans who have no ties to humanity. The location of these houses are unknown, but their sole purpose is to intimidate people who wish to make change happen in Sudan. They are called ghost houses because it’s believed that the walls are haunted by previous victims.
Hammaida’s contributions to human rights include being the founder of the Sudanese Organization Against Torture, and the Africa Center for Justice and Peace Studies. The fight for human rights in Sudan is not over. Despite enduring torture, Osman Hammaida continued his fight for justice. Sign this petition and remember this man for his contributions.
Dear Osman Hammaida,
I am writing to remember all of the contributions you’ve made towards human rights in Sudan. I understand that you had to undergo a lot of pain and torture for your ideals, and I cannot thank you enough for your commitment. Many people would be afraid to return to their activism after enduring torture, but your perseverance shows me that you have a strong spirit.
I hope future generations will look up to you for inspiration. The fight for human rights in Sudan still rages on, and I hope the fight will end with these rights being granted and acknowledged by the government. May you rest in peace.
[Your Name Here]
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