Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan
Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan, co-founder of the Sudanese Human Rights Initiative, is a human rights lawyer who leads and develops advocacy campaigns to strengthen legal protections for minority religious communities and to end the government’s property confiscations targeting religious minorities. He has organized trainings on human rights and journalism, women’s rights, and rights awareness for young Sudanese citizens. Through his legal practice, he has defended minority religious leaders targeted for arrest on specious charges following government interference in their activities.
As a member of Sudan’s Muslim majority, Mohamed has become a trusted ally of minority communities and has helped them navigate the country’s complex judicial system, deploying his strong technical knowledge in international human rights law and Sudanese constitutional law, and his outstanding dedication to use the law as a force for good. Mohamed has been repeatedly jailed for his work. When asked why he continues to to do this work he replied, “I am an attorney and know a lot of international human rights law and members of the UN so I see this as a responsibility to help people.”
In July 2019 the U.S. State Department presented Mohamed with an International Religious Freedom Award during the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
Photo: Abdalrahan receives the International Religious Freedom Award from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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