September 15, 2014

University Student Arrested in Sudan

CCS requests the release of Mohammed Salah Mohammed, a student leader at the University of Khartoum’s Faculty of Science. According to reports by Amnesty International, he was arrested after he participated in peaceful protests. He is being held without charge.

Read our letter to the government of Sudan:

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Sudan: Student Activist Detained, Risks Torture

Minister of Interior
Ibrahim Mohamed Hamed
Ministry of Interior
PO Box 873
Khartoum, Sudan

July 24, 2012

Your Excellency:

We are an independent organization of scientists, physicians, engineers and scholars devoted to the protection and advancement of human rights and scientific freedom for colleagues all over the world. We write now in concern for Mohammed Salah Mohammed.

According to Amnesty International, on June 24, 2012, Mohammed was arrested in Khartoum, a few days after he joined peaceful protests. He is being held without charge and is at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment according to Amnesty and to reports from family members visited him in jail. Mohammed is in particular danger because he suffers from chronic kidney disease and requires medical attention. He has not been allowed to have medical or legal assistance.

A student at the University of Khartoum’s Faculty of Science, Mohammed is the spokesperson of the Student Democratic Front at the university and the President of the Nubians’ regional student association (a group of minority students from the Nubian region in north Sudan).

We respectfully call on Sudanese authorities to release Mohammed immediately and unconditionally, since his detention, based solely on his participation in a peaceful protest, appears to violate Sudan’s commitment to freedom of expression, as enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Sudan is a party.

Pending his release, we urge the authorities to ensure that Mohammed Salah is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated, and that he has regular access to any medical attention he may require and to a lawyer of his choice.

Sincerely,

Eugene Chudnovsky
Alexander Greer
Joel Lebowitz
Walter Reich
Paul Plotz

Co-Chairs, Committee of Concerned Scientists

Copies To:

Minister of Justice
Mohammed Bushara Dousa
Ministry of Justice,
PO Box 302
Al Nil Avenue, Khartoum, Sudan