Target: Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, President of Sudan
Goal: Thank authorities for releasing two detained activists without charge.
Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman and Nasreen Ali Mustafa, two activists involved in the organization of a sexual harassment seminar in Sudan, have been released after being arrested and held incommunicado by the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS), thanks in part to the efforts of activists at ForceChange. Neither has been charged with any crimes. Their releases are victories that should be celebrated.
Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman, who was arrested after making remarks to a local newspaper that accused government officials of corruption, was held in Khartoum’s Kober Prison for just under two weeks.
Nasreen Ali Mustafa was arrested for remarks she made during the sexual harassment symposium regarding recent instances of “sexual harassment and abuse in some school buses in Khartoum state,” Amnesty International reports. She was held for 15 days and was forced to make a public apology before she was released. While far from ideal, a conditional release is much better than no release at all.
Abdalrahman and Mustafa are free, and it is perhaps largely due to public outcry from people all over the world. Continued support, even from faraway sources, allows activists to carry out their activities on the ground and keeps governments on notice. Thank you for continuing to send a strong message that human rights violations will not be tolerated, no matter where they occur.
I am writing to praise you for the decision to release activists Yasir Mirghani Abdalrahman and Nasreen Ali Mustafa without charge. Activism is an important factor in the efficiency and fairness of any government and must be encouraged, not trampled. The release of Abdalrahman and Mustafa is certainly a step toward justice.
When both activists were held incommunicado following their arrests, many feared the worst, as incommunicado detentions are often notorious for instances of torture, ill-treatment, and denial of basic human rights. They also make it easy for detainees to be held indefinitely.
However, Abdalrahman and Mustafa were released after 13 and 15 days, respectively. While Mustafa was required by the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) to make a public apology before her release, neither she nor Abdalrahman was charged with any crime.
Thank you for allowing these activists to continue their important work rather than keeping them in prison. I urge you to encourage pro-activist sentiment going forward, and to ensure that Sudanese activists are allowed to carry out their important work free from harassment, threats, harm, and unlawful arrest.
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