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Sudan: CFJ condemns arrest of human rights lawyer Riad Abdullah by Rapid Support Militia in Sudan

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Press release

Geneva – March 6, 2024


The Committee for Justice (CFJ) expresses deep concern and condemnation over the recent arrest of prominent human rights lawyer, Riad Abdullah, by forces affiliated with the Rapid Support Militia in Sudan.

Abdullah, known for his active role in advocating for human rights, was apprehended on Saturday, February 10, at the entrance to the city of “Al-Qatina” in the White Nile state while en route from the Gezira region to the capital, Khartoum.

As a dedicated member of the “Emergency Lawyers” Association, Abdullah has been actively involved in monitoring and documenting human rights violations against civilians in Sudan. His arrest raises serious concerns about the safety and freedom of human rights defenders in the country.

CFJ unequivocally condemns the arrest of Riad Abdullah and calls for his immediate release without any conditions or restrictions. The committee emphasizes the importance of respecting the vital work carried out by human rights defenders and urges all parties involved in the Sudanese conflict to create an environment that fosters the peaceful exercise of their human rights activities.

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