Family fears for health of detained Sudan rights activist

2017-01-25 20:46
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Khartoum - The family of a Sudanese human rights activist detained more than a month ago said on Wednesday they were worried about his health and had repeatedly been denied visitation rights.

Security forces arrested Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, a 58-year-old university professor, in December.

"Since his arrest 50 days ago, we have made five requests to the security services to visit him. They have all gone unanswered," his wife Sabah Mohamed Adam said.

"We've learnt that he has been on hunger strike since last Sunday and we are worried about his health," she.

Ibrahim Adam had a heart operation in 2015 and needs to see his doctor on a regular basis.

The activist, who has worked extensively on human rights causes in Sudan, has been arrested several times before for his work.

The government shut down a development organisation he headed in 2009.

Rights group Amnesty International said at the time of his arrest that Ibrahim Adam was "at grave risk of torture and other ill-treatment".

His "arbitrary arrest underscores the government's desperate attempts to extinguish the last embers of dissent in the country", it said.

Security agents have over the past few weeks arrested several opposition leaders and activists in a bid to deter protests against a government decision to raise fuel prices.

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