Human Rights Defenders Mourn the Loss of Osman Hummaida

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network mourns the loss of its founding member, Osman Hummaida, and expresses its deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and many friends.

Mr Hummaida, who died of natural causes on Thursday 17th April 2014, was a leading Sudanese human rights defender and an inspiration to countless activists in the international and African human rights communities.

Mr Hummaida advocated tirelessly for human rights in Sudan, highlighting and challenging the impunity of those responsible for atrocities carried out against civilians. Forced to leave Sudan, having been detained and tortured on account of his work, Mr Hummaida founded the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies in exile. The Centre’s success and strength in documenting and reporting ongoing human rights violations in the country and advocating for justice is a living testament to Mr Hummaida’s vision and determination. He will be greatly missed.

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