Sudan arrests MSF Dutch chairman for not naming sources in rape report

[JURIST] The State Crimes Prosecutor for Sudan [government website] has ordered the arrest of Paul Foreman, the head of the Dutch wing of Medecins San Frontieres [advocacy website] who published a report in March entitled The Crushing Burden of Rape: Sexual Violence in Darfur [PDF text] which alleged mass rape on the part of the Janjaweed militias, which are reportedly controlled by the Sudanese government. Foreman was arrested and released on bail Monday, charged with the failure to turn over the names of those who gave him the information in the report. Foreman maintains that "medical privilege and patient confidentiality" prevented him from revealing his sources. The lack of reported sources has led the State Crimes Prosecutor to declare the report false and charge Foreman with falsifying the report as well. No date has been set for a trial; if convicted, Foreman could face up to three years imprisonment. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Sudan [JURIST news archive]. Read MSF's official press release expressing its shock at Foreman's arrest. The Sudan Tribune has local coverage. BBC News has more.

 

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