Tuesday, June 19, 2012

News at Eleven: The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International

is extremely concerned about the condition and whereabouts of the Sudanese poet, Abdelmoniem Rahma, who was arrested on 2 September 2011 in Blue Nile State, Sudan. He was reportedly tried in a military court in November and there have been alarming reports that he has since been sentenced to death. It is unclear, however, on what charges he has been convicted. He has been denied access to a lawyer and his family do not know his whereabouts. There are also credible reports that he has been tortured. The WiPC calls on the Sudanese authorities to release Rahma, to repeal the reported death sentence against him, to clarify on what grounds he has been convicted, and to allow him access to legal counsel.

from PEN International: News: SUDAN--Poet reportedly sentenced to death, place of detention unknown


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