Many thanks to the more that 800 of you, from more than 30 countries (including Burma, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Ireland, Israel and Iceland), who urged the Sudanese government to release members of the Doctors Strike Committee who were detained in early June.We got great news on Friday, June 25: after protracted negotiations between the Committee and the government, the doctors have been released.
We have heard from sources close to the situation that all of the recently detained doctors in Sudan have been released. Their release was conditioned on an end to their strike.
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) reports that the British Medical Association (BMA) has criticized the Government of Sudan for its ill treatment of striking doctors. A BMA spokesman said that it will be writing to the Sudanese authorities "to express serious concerns about potential violations of the fundamental rights of doctors in the Sudan."
Jehanne Henry, Sudan researcher for Human Rights Watch, has said that the arrests [of the doctors] were part of a general clampdown on the opposition following President al Bashir's recent victory in elections that were neither free nor fair.
In early June, six leading Sudanese doctors were arrested by the Sudanese Government's National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) and detained without charge for their membership in the Doctors' Strike Committee, which has called for improvements in salaries and working conditions.