April 15, 2019
Sudanese scientist Muntaser Ibrahim was released from detention on April 11, 2019. Dr. Ibrahim, an internationally respected geneticist and cancer researcher, was one of a number of political prisoners released following the transition of power that occurred in Sudan last week.
Dr. Ibrahim was detained by Sudanese security forces on February 21, 2019 in connection with his efforts to develop a proposal for a peaceful resolution of the unrest in Sudan. He was held at the Security Forces' Political Detention Center in Bahri, Khartoum, where conditions are known to be extremely harsh. To our knowledge, no charges were brought against him, and no reasons were ever provided for his arrest.
Read more about his release and the situation in Sudan in this Nature article
. CHR Chair Martin Chalfie is quoted in the article, stressing that "(t)he detention of scientists and scholars for the peaceful expression of their views is contrary to the most fundamental principles of international human rights, and devastating for scientific research and progress.”