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Adil Bakheit

Adil Bakheit

HRD, Board Member
Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM)

Adil Bakheit is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), a member organisation of the Confederation of Sudanese Civil Society Organisations, working to monitor violations of human rights in Sudan. Bakheit also collaborates with civil society groups in Sudan as an independent trainer of journalists and human rights defenders.

Human rights defenders are vulnerable to arbitrary arrest and detention by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). The 2010 National Security Act grants the NISS extensive powers to arrest and detain people up to four and a half months without judicial review, and with complete impunity when the detention is arbitrary. Human rights defenders have been held incommunicado, without access to legal representation, and family visits have been refused without reasons. Detained HRDs have been often held in NISS cells that fall outside the jurisdiction of prisons laws and regulations, where they have also suffered ill-treatment and torture.