Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization focused on human rights has called on Sudanese authorities to immediately release prominent human rights defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam and his colleague Hafiz Idris Eldoma.

This call which was made on the eve of the pair’s trial also demanded a halt to the government’s misguided assault on dissenting voices in the country

Dr Mudawi and Hafiz are facing six trumped-up charges, including ‘undermining the constitutional system and waging war against the state’, both of which carry either the death penalty or life imprisonment.

But Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Muthoni Wanyeki says Dr Mudawi has always been harassed in his fight for human rights in Sudan; and that this trial is an immoral attempt by the government to finally eliminate him and his colleague, Hafiz Eldoma.

Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Muthoni Wanyeki

“Dr Mudawi has continuously been harassed by the Sudanese government for his human rights work in Darfur and across Sudan for more than a decade. Unfortunately, this latest round sees the harassment take a more sinister turn as both he and his colleague Hafiz potentially face the death penalty,” Amnesty official said.

Ms Wanyeki further emphasized the nobility of humans rights activism and labeled the arrests of the activists as a miscarriage of justice.

“Human rights work is not a crime, so Dr Mudawi and Hafiz must be immediately and unconditionally released. Their arrest and continued incarceration is a miscarriage of justice, plain and simple,: she said.

Dr Mudawi, an engineering professor at the University of Khartoum, was arrested by intelligence agents on 7 December 2016. He founded and is the former director of the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO), and has won several human rights awards.

Hafiz Edris Eldoma, an internally displaced person from Darfur, was arrested on 24 November 2016 at Dr Mudawi’s house.