President Mary McAleese has presented an international human rights award to the wife of a Sudanese activist who was arrested earlier this week in Khartoum and threatened with execution.

Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam had hoped to be in Dublin today to receive the award from the organisation Front Line, which assists human rights defenders.

The situation in Darfur, western Sudan, is still deteriorating with some two million people displaced due to conflict in the region.

Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, who heads an organisation funded by Trócaire, was arrested by the Sudanese authorities for alleged espionage against his country.

The ceremony went ahead anyway, attended by the doctor’swife and daughter.

A worldwide effort is now underway to secure Dr Mudawi's release, as well as refocusing on bringing peace to Darfur.