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July 25, 2011

(UA 219/11) Great News! UN Worker Released In Sudan


Idris Yousef Abdelrahman, a civil affairs officer for the joint United Nations African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) who was arrested on 27 April, is no longer in detention. He was released on 20 July after the prosecutor dropped all the charges against him.

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Idris Yousef Abdelrahman went missing in Nyala, South Darfur, after being summoned for a meeting by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 27 April. His employers, UNAMID, were not informed of his whereabouts until 10 May, when they learned that the NISS had detained him. On 12 July he was charged with 'undermining the constitutional system' and 'waging war against the state', both of which could have resulted in a sentence of capital punishment. He was at last released on 20 July due to lack of evidence against him and is currently undergoing a medical check-up in Nyala.

Thank you to all the countless Amnesty members who sent appeals on his behalf!

For more information on AIUSA's initial action for Idris Yousef Abdelrahman, please click here: http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/news-item/detained-un-worker-at-risk-of-torture-in-sudan