Artwork: Courtesy of Mohamed Abdelrasoul

Talks: Organized by MENA Prison Forum & UMAM D&R
A conversation with Dr. Farouk Ibrahim & Madani Abbas Madani
Via Zoom
JUN 23, 2022

The MENA Prison Form is pleased to host a conversation with Dr. Farouk Mohamed Ibrahim, a human rights activist and one of the first Sudanese who spoke out detention and torture in the Sudanese secret prisons, or “ghost houses, and Madani Abbas Madani, an activist and former minister in the transitional Sudanese government. The conversation will focus on the importance of documenting the large-scale human rights violations in the Sudanese prisons and detention centres under Omar al-Bashir’s rule until today, with a focus on arbitrary detention, torture, rape, and enforced disappearance. Equally important to this documentation is the need to expose those responsible for these violations and hold them accountable. The conversation will also discuss the circumstances and reasons for the neglect of the prison system and human rights violations under the transitional phase that followed the overthrow of the regime of Omar al-Bashir in April 2019Additionally, the speakers will discuss possible means of addressing the legacy of these violations, as well as of the reformation of the prison system, as both are imperative for the success of the transitional justice process in Sudan and for building a state of law and democratic institutions.

The conversation will be moderated by Marwan Abi Samra and will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mina Ibrahim.

Time: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 8 pm Beirut time, 7 pm Khartoum time.

Language: The discussion will be in Arabic with English Translation. 

The subsequent Q&A session will be both in Arabic and English.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 by 11:59 Beirut time.

Dr. Farouk Mohamed Ibrahim is a former professor of botany at the University of Khartoum and a prominent academic and political figure in Sudan. In November 1989, he was arrested and tortured in one of the Sudanese ghost houses by former Vice President, Nafie Ali Nafi, himself. He played an essential role in documenting crimes of torture that took place in secret detention centers, and in exposing and prosecuting perpetrators, including major generals in al-Bashir’s regime. In 2012, Dr. Farouk Mohamed Ibrahim was elected and appointed as the general coordinator of the Sudanese Commission for the Defence of Rights and Freedoms. He is currently one of the most prominent human rights and freedom defenders in Sudan.

Madani Abbas Madani has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Khartoum. During his studies, he joined the students’ movement and became an activist in opposition to Omar al-Bashir’s regime. He continued his political and civil work as the general manager of the Sudanese Development Call (Nidaa) in Khartoum. During the Sudanese revolution in 2019, he served as the spokesperson of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) and he was a member of the negotiating committee with the Transitional Military Council. He was also the Minister of Trade and Industry in the transitional government from September 2019 until the military coup in October 2021.