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Talk by MENA Prison Forum & UMAM D&R
Prisons, Detention System, Racism, and Transitional Justice in Sudan
A Conversation with Wini Omer and Magdi El Na’im
مَنـظومة السجون والمعتـقلات، العنصرية والعدالة الانتـقالية في السودان

حديثٌ مع ويـنـي عمر ومجدي النعيم
May 26, 2022 @ Via Zoom


The MENA Prison Forum is pleased to host a conversation with Wini Omer, a Sudanese writer, journalist and feminist activist, and Magdi El Na’im, a Sudanese human right researcher and activist.

The session will discuss the prison and detention system set up by the regime of Omar Al Bashir and his National Congress Party (NCP) following the 1989 coup in Sudan. The session will shed light on the common human rights violations in prisons, the establishment of unofficial and secret prisons, the “privatization” of prisons and detention centers, and the multiple levels of repression and violations in prisons: ranging from repression and violations against political opponents, racist violence against different ethnic groups, and violations against women. The session will also discuss the importance of addressing the historic legacy of human rights violations in prisons and reforming the prison system as part and parcel of any serious path of transitional justice in Sudan and for building the rule of law and democratic institutions.

The conversation will be moderated by Marwan Abi Samra and Mina Ibrahim and be followed by a Q&A session.

Time: Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8 pm Beirut time, 7 pm Khartoum time.

Language: The discussion will be in Arabic with English Translation. 

The subsequent Q&A session will be both in Arabic and English.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 by 11:59 Beirut time.


Wini Omer is a Sudanese writer, journalist, and feminist activist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a Master’s degree in human rights. She has been working for the past ten years as part of the Sudanese civil society, and her work and activism focuses on women's protection, feminist epistemology, social movements and state violence. She is a member of the Protecting the Right to Life Campaign, a group from Sudan that works on ending political violence and state violence. Her work as a researcher focuses on feminist epistemology, she is currently researching women and history in Sudan.

Magdi El-Naim is a Sudanese human rights and development consultant and activist with over 20 years of experience. He has held senior roles with national, regional, and international NGOs including Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, and International Center for Transitional Justice. He also contributed to publications in the fields of development, human rights and development, Islam, and Sudanese and African studies.

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