We call for the immediate release of Rudwan Dawod
  • Petitioned The Embassy of the Republic of Sudan

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The Embassy of the Republic of Sudan

We call for the immediate release of Rudwan Dawod

    1. Petition by

      United to End Genocide and Sudan Sunrise

September 2012


From Sudan Sunrise: "Rudwan Dawod was among many political activists arrested during protests calling for regime change. Rudwan's case was singular in that he is both a U.S. permanent resident and a project director for Sudan Sunrise. As such, Sudan Sunrise worked diligently with the U.S. Department of State, media outlets and the advocacy community to bring attention to this cause, which, fortunately, resulted in Rudwan's release. This petition served as an excellent mechanism for public participation. Beyond "liking" or becoming a "fan", this petition called for action and one of the reasons Rudwan is home safely is because of it and the unyielding support of his friends, family, and the advocacy community."

On July 3, 2012, the Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested Rudwan Dawod, a legal permanent U.S. resident, while participating in a peaceful demonstration organized by Girifna (translated as "We're Fed Up"), a pro-democracy student network, that is calling for the end of austerity measures and the violence perpetrated by the Sudanese government in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur.

Charged with terrorism and criminal organization, Dawod faced trial on August 13, 2012, and though these charges were dropped, he was charged under Article 19 for "attempting" to disturb the public peace, which included a fine of 500 Sudanese pounds (90 USD), and a sentence that was limited to time already served. Immediately after being released from custody, Rudwan was ushered by the NISS into a police vehicle waiting for him outside of the courthouse. Once again, Dawod's human rights were blatantly violated by the NISS in the form of an arbitrary arrest and unlawful detention. Since his abduction on July 3rd, the NISS has beaten and tortured Rudwan, threatened him with rape, and made false accusations against him and his family. There is a credible concern for Rudwan’s safety, and fear that he may be receiving harsh treatment, including physical and psychological abuse and torture.

The detention of Rudwan Dawod, and subsequent treatment is not only in gross violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is also inconsistent with Sudan’s own constitution, and the verdict issued in a Sudanese court on August 13th, which was rooted in Sudanese criminal law.

Burmese Democracy Leader and Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, once stated that when the occasion rises we must use our freedoms to advocate for others who have lost theirs. Working with Sudan Sunrise as a project director, Dawod often traveled to Sudan and South Sudan to advocate for the rights and freedoms of the Sudanese people. This petition is for all the Rudwan's who risk their lives in an effort to bring peace, justice, and greater stability to his/her country. Please stand with Sudan Sunrise and United to End Genocide as we stand with Rudwan in calling for his immediate release. #FreeRudwan #WeAreAllRudwan

Rudwan Dawod is a project director for Sudan Sunrise, a non-governmental organization dedicated to building schools in South Sudan and working to facilitate reconciliation efforts to ensure lasting peace and the end of oppression in Sudan and South Sudan.

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Thank you in advance for signing this petition and for advocating for Rudwan's immediate release. If you want to contact the Sudanese Government directly, please see Amnesty International's  urgent action request. 

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Penny LaDeur FLOYD, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Human rights abuses are signifcantly important with great need for change. Our society may become an endangered species, all of us, if these kinds of atrocities continue.

    • Aziz Mohamed DOHA, QATAR
      • about 2 years ago

      Innocent until proven guilty .... otherwise will be the jungle

    • Gregory Stanton MCLEAN, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Sudanese government is again violating every one of its obligations under the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

    • Trevor Gleason JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Rudwan Dawod was doing something that many have not done since 2004. People who knew what was going on, people who were in positions of athority to do something and turned a blind eye due to their own political agendas and in doing so has shown just how much people in power actually care about human life.

      Rudwan Dawod's release would signify that there is still hope and that those that have the courage to act and speak out against these atrocities will be protected!

    • Cathy Barr DEADWOOD, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      Human rights are vitally important. Justice for all.


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