Mohamed Nagi Alassam

Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Arab Reform Initiative Team

Mohamed Nagi Alassam is a 30-year-old medical doctor and is a member of the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD) which has been fighting for better health services for Sudanese people and a better working environment for the doctors across Sudan. CCSD led nationwide strikes in October and November 2016 and then led the longest doctor strike in the history of Sudan during the Sudanese revolution, lasting 207 days until the fall of the Al Bashir regime.

In mid-2018, Mohamed became a member of the executive committee of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), as well as its spokesperson. SPA, which played a pivotal role in mobilizing masses in Sudan by leading the revolution and ensuring its peacefulness all the way through, is a coalition of different independent professional organizations which spearheaded the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), the largest coalition in the history of Sudan. The FFC helped lead the revolution of 2018. Alassam was also a member of the negotiation committee of the FFC with the Transitional Military Council until the signing of the constitutional declaration and the establishment of the civilian-led transitional authority that would rule Sudan for the following three years.

Alassam was arrested on 4th of January 2019 after he came out publicly as the first member of SPA to ever appear and was released after 98 days. Alassam announced the Declaration of Freedom and Change, the charter which was drafted by SPA and then by the different youth movements and opposition political parties and was successful in uniting the Sudanese community inside and abroad around certain goals and demands.

Mohamed was again detained for two weeks following the military coup d’état on 25 October, 2021 which suspended the democratic transition, a military rule that faced massive resistance from the Sudanese people.

Mohamed spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2020 about his own experience during Sudanese revolution, and he was amongst three finalists of the Human Rights Tulip award of 2020.