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Sudan arrests aid worker for “crimes against the state”

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1350
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

The arrest of Paul Foreman, head of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Holland, for publishing a report on rape in Darfur has caused repercussions in Africa and Europe. But despite the outrage caused by his detention, the Sudanese government went a step further by also arresting the agency's Darfur regional coordinator, Vincent Hoedt.

“These arrests are totally unacceptable. The government is punishing humanitarian aid workers for doing their job for victims of the conflict,” said MSF's director in Holland, Geoff Prescott. “As providers of medical assistance and as human beings we find …

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