Incommunicado detention of Sudan blogger Al Boshi

Sudanese human rights defender Mohamed Hasan Alim, known as ‘Al Boshi’, was forcibly disappeared in Egypt in October 2018 and was taken to Sudan, where he is being held incommunicado by Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service. On 8 November 2018, after refusing to provide any information about his detention, the State Security Prosecution pressed charges against the human rights defender that carry the death penalty. To date, he has been denied any access to his lawyers or family.

Al Boshi denounces corruption and human rights violations via social media. He was previously detained for several weeks in 2011 and 2013, beaten and held in difficult conditions because of his work in defence of human rights. He has lived in exile in Egypt since 2017 as an asylum seeker under UNHCR protection.

He  was reportedly arrested on 10 October 2018 by Egyptian security agents, who raided his house in Cairo. On 11 October 2018, the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service informed his mother that her son had been deported back to Sudan and was in detention. Despite several attempts to see him, Alim’s mother and lawyers are being denied the right to visit him.

Front Line Defenders (FLD) expressed its deep concern about the situation of Alim and condemns his ongoing incommunicado detention, which it believes it to be solely connected to his legitimate and peaceful work in promoting and protecting human rights in Sudan. It urged Sudan authorities immediately and unconditionally release Mohamed Hasan Alim and ensure that all the charges brought against him are dropped.

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