The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims is gravely concerned by the allegations of excessive force against protesters across Sudan, as attested by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The crackdown has yielded dozens dead and hundreds arbitrarily detained.
The IRCT is particularly concerned by the situation of health and rehabilitation providers. The IRCT has received allegations that during the repression of protesters in late December 2018 the Government targeted health professionals from the Sudanese Doctors Union and the Central Committee of Doctors, who were providing voluntary emergency services to protesters in the absence of any emergency or ambulance services. The IRCT has also learned that several health professionals from these organisations, who in December signed a statement condemning the violence and calling the Government to end the repression, have been arbitrarily detained and kept incommunicado from late December 2018. One of them is Dr. Nagib Nagm Eldin, head of the Sudanese Doctors Union and former Medical Director of the AMEL Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture in Khartoum, and former member of the international Council of the IRCT. Sources close to Dr. Nagim have informed the IRCT that several men identifying themselves as belonging to the national security forces came into his home on 27 December 2018 and took him away without any kind of charge or judicial order. His whereabouts and state are unknown to his family since then.
“The global movement for the rehabilitation of torture victims stands with Dr. Nagib and his colleagues. He is a deeply respected physician and a human rights defender working steadfastly to end of torture and respect the rights of torture victims. The allegation of his arbitrary detention is profoundly disturbing,” said Sana Hamze, Vice-President of the IRCT. “Arbitrary detention is abhorrent in every case and, when applied to human rights defenders such as these rehabilitation providers, it is an evidence of intent to create fear among professionals that are fulfilling one of the most essential functions in our societies: to help people rebuild their lives” Hamze added.