South Sudan: Friends say Philly-educated peace activist Peter Biar Ajak has been charged with treason in South Sudan

August 17, 2018

Ajak was one of at least 20,000 children who were dubbed the 'lost boys' of Sudan after they were separated from their families during the country's second civil war [Image provided by Aaron Spence]

Friends of the imprisoned international peace activist Peter Biar Ajak, who was seized and held without charges in his homeland of South Sudan, say he now has been charged with treason-related offenses by the government.

Ajak, 34, has been outspoken in his criticism of the country’s repressive regime.

Now a well-known scholar and speaker on East Africa, he had come to Philadelphia as a teenage refugee in January 2001, one of 40,000 “Lost Boys” left homeless by the violence and brutality of civil war in Sudan. He graduated from Central High School and La Salle University, earned a master’s degree at Harvard, and was completing a doctorate at Cambridge University in England at the time of his arrest.

Among the charges are concealing treason, publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to South Sudan, and an offense that covers insurgency, banditry, sabotage or terrorism, according to a charging document.

The maximum sentence for concealing treason is 20 years in prison.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/peter-biar-ajak-south-sudan-lost-boy-blue-house-treason-20180817.html

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Welcome to Independent South Sudan Peter Biar Ajak: We Pray for You and Our Country

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/peter-biar-ajak-sudan-lost-boys-philadelphia-activist-jail-20180810.html

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https://www.varsity.co.uk/features/15970

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/15954

https://www.change.org/p/freedom-for-peter-biar-ajak (PLEASE SIGN URGENT PETITION!)

https://www.freepeterbiar.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/FreePeterBiar/about/?ref=page_internal

@FreePeterBiar

http://www.agenceafrique.com/13362-soudan-du-sud-hrw-exige-la-liberation-du-defenseur-des-droits-de-lhomme-peter-biar-ajak.html (FRANCAIS)

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