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Stockholm: Skyline International stands united in condemnation of the brutal and senseless killing of Sudanese human rights defender and lawyer Ahmed Mohamed Abdella. The tragic incident, which occurred in Nyala, South Darfur, highlights the perilous environment faced by those advocating for justice and human dignity in the region.

Ahmed Mohamed Abdella, a dedicated advocate for human rights, was found murdered with evident signs of torture less than 24 hours after he was forcibly abducted from his home by a group of unidentified armed individuals. His unwavering commitment to defending the rights of victims of human rights violations earned him a well-deserved reputation as a stalwart champion of justice. Abdella's involvement extended to the Darfur Bar Association, an esteemed organization of Sudanese legal professionals established in 1995. Their invaluable work led to the association being honored with the prestigious 2020 Democracy Award for their tireless efforts in providing legal aid to victims of human rights abuses in Darfur.

The grim events of August 4, 2023, marked a tragic turning point when Ahmed Mohamed Abdella's life was tragically cut short. His lifeless body was discovered on the Nyala-El-Fasher road, a stark testament to the brutality that he and his neighbor, Adam Omer Jad Elrab, were subjected to following their abduction. Both men bore the unmistakable scars of severe torture, underscoring the grave nature of their ordeal.

In the wake of this heart-wrenching incident, members of Ahmed Mohamed Abdella's family courageously sought answers by visiting the headquarters of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), an armed group with a significant presence in the area. However, a prominent RSF leader vehemently denied any involvement in the abduction, attributing the reprehensible act to rogue elements within irregular armed factions.

The reprehensible abduction transpired on August 3, 2023, when Ahmed Mohamed Abdella and his neighbor, Adam Omer Jad Elrab, were forcibly seized by an unidentified group of armed individuals. Operating from a pickup van near Abdella's residence in Hay Elrehman, Nyala, South Darfur, the assailants subjected the victims to a harrowing ordeal. Their audacity was further emphasized by a demand for a staggering SDG 30 million ransom, a clear indication of the perpetrators' disregard for human life and dignity.

The tragic loss of Ahmed Mohamed Abdella is yet another grim reminder of the dire situation in Darfur, where at least six other courageous human rights defenders have lost their lives since the commencement of the Sudanese war on April 14, 2023. This disturbing trend stands in stark defiance of the Jeddah Declaration of Commitment to Protect the Civilians of Sudan, a critical agreement endorsed on May 11, 2023, by conflicting parties. This accord underscores the imperative of upholding international humanitarian and human rights principles and facilitating essential humanitarian interventions for vulnerable civilians.

As Darfur continues to grapple with the proliferation of armed groups, human rights defenders and activists are placed in grave danger due to their unrelenting pursuit of justice. Tragically, the ranks of defenders have been further depleted by the recent loss of Abd Elrazeg Adam Mohammed, Tareg Hassan Yagoub Elmalik, El Sadeg Mohammed Ahmed Haroun, Mohammed Ahmed Kudia, Khamis Arabab, and Khidir Sulieman Abdelmageed, all of whom were tragically killed in El Geneina, West Darfur, over the past three months.

Skyline International unequivocally denounces the heinous killing of Ahmed Mohamed Abdella, highlighting that his tragic fate is a direct consequence of his valiant and peaceful human rights work in Darfur. The organization expresses deep concern over the escalating violence in the region and the grave risks faced by human rights defenders and civilians alike.