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South Sudan/Kenya: Reveal Fate and Whereabouts of 2 Men

May 2, 2018

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South Sudanese authorities have failed to investigate the enforced disappearance in Nairobi of two South Sudanese men one year ago, and hold those responsible to account, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Kenyan authorities should also step up their ongoing investigation into the enforced disappearances.

Dong Samuel Luak, a well-respected South Sudanese human rights lawyer and activist, and Aggrey Idri, a vocal government critic and member of the opposition, disappeared off the streets of Nairobi on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively. They are believed to have been abducted by or at the request of South Sudanese officials.

“These two prominent men should not be allowed to simply vanish into thin air without a trace,” said Mausi Segun, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Responsibility for the safety of both men lies with both South Sudan and Kenya, yet neither is making a real effort to solve their disappearance.”

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/02/south-sudan-reveal-fate-and-whereabouts-2-men

https://africatimes.com/2018/05/02/rights-groups-issue-new-appeal-on-behalf-of-missing-south-sudanese/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/23/three-months-still-no-word-disappeared-south-sudanese-men

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Govt-takes-steps-to-protect-Kenyans-in-South-Sudan/1056-4365520-3xkq9g/index.html

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article65336

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/01/south-sudan-a-year-on-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.teckbote.de/startseite_artikel,-amnesty-bittet-um-hilfe-_arid,213747.html (DEUTSCH)

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South Sudan: Ongoing disappearance of lawyer Dong Samuel Luak

April 23, 2018

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Your Excellency,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents the bars and law societies of 45 countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. The CCBE places great emphasis on respect for human rights and the rule of law, and is particularly concerned with the situation of human rights defenders around the world.
The CCBE would like to express its concern regarding the ongoing disappearance of human rights lawyer Dong Samuel Luak for more than one year.
According to the information received, Mr Luak was detained by authorities in Kenya on 23 January 2017. Mr Luak was then deported and taken to a facility at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba, South Sudan, on 25 January 2017. He was subsequently removed from the facility on 27 January 2017 and his whereabouts remain unknown after more than one-year of detention.
We understand that Mr Luak is a registered refugee with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and his deportation to South Sudan would amount to a violation of the non-refoulement principle under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Sudan_-_Soudan/2018/EN_HRL_20180423_Sudan_Ongoing-disappearance-of-lawyer-Dong-Samuel-Luak.pdf

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article65097

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Govt-takes-steps-to-protect-Kenyans-in-South-Sudan/1056-4365520-3xkq9g/index.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/23/south-sudan-year-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown

http://www.ccbe.eu/

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/01/south-sudan-a-year-on-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.teckbote.de/startseite_artikel,-amnesty-bittet-um-hilfe-_arid,213747.html (DEUTSCH)

South Sudan: LRWC Renews Calls to Disclose Information About and Conduct Investigation Into Disappearance of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri | Letter

January 24, 2018

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers, students and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues. We also engage in legal research and education about international human rights law. I am a lawyer and a partner of a law firm in Canada, Cohen Highley LLP, and I am writing to you to ask that you intervene with respect to proceedings involving the above named individuals.

On June 1, 2017 we wrote to you about Dong Samuel Luak who went missing in January of 2017. Mr. Aggrey Idri also went missing on or about January 24, 2017. Both men were taken to a facility at the National Security Service (NSS) in Juba, South Sudan on January 25, 2017. The whereabouts of both men and their fate remain unknown a year later.

Consistent with our previous correspondence, we urge the authorities of South Sudan to do the following:

  1. immediately disclose the fate and whereabouts of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri;
  2. make public the reasons for their continued detention if they are in custody and, unless a legal basis for continued detention can be demonstrated, release them without delay;
  3. ensure that Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri are not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment while in detention;
  4. grant Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri access to adequate medical care, access to lawyers of their own choosing, and allow visits from their family members; and,

https://www.lrwc.org/sudan-lrwc-renews-calls-to-disclose-information-about-and-conduct-investigation-into-disappearance-of-dong-samuel-luak-and-aggrey-idri-letter/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr65/7744/2018/en/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/23/south-sudan-year-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown

https://www.iol.co.za/pretoria-news/two-south-sudanese-activists-still-missing-12932245

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/01/south-sudan-a-year-on-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown/ (FRANCAIS)

South Sudan: Immediately Reveal Whereabouts and Guarantee Safety of Lawyer Dong Samuel Luak | Letter

December 12, 2017

Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist was arrested by Kenya authorities on January 23, 2017. He has fled from South Sudan to Kenya in August 2013 after receiving death threats for his work as a lawyer and was a registered refugee with the UN Human Rights Commission for Refugees. An investigation into his whereabouts ordered by the Kenyan High Court on 27 January 2017 confirmed that Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Operation were in prison in Juba South Sudan had been forcibly returned to South Sudan in violation of the Convention against Torture and non-refoulement principles.

 Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers, students and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues. We also engage in legal research and education about international human rights law.  I am a lawyer and a partner of a law firm in Canada, Cohen Highley LLP, and I am writing to you to ask that you intervene with respect to proceedings involving the above named individual.

On June 1, 2017 we wrote to you about Dong Samuel Luak who went missing in January of 2017.  After being forcibly removed from Nairobi and detained at the NSS headquarters prison facility in Juba, South Sudan, he was transferred and his whereabouts and fate are still unknown.

In our previous correspondence, we urged the authorities of South Sudan and Kenya to do the following:

https://www.lrwc.org/sudan-immediately-reveal-whereabouts-and-ensure-safety-of-lawyer-dong-samuel-luak-letter/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/01/south-sudan-a-year-on-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown/

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64215

http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ctl/ArticleView/mid/519/articleId/21128/Isaiah-Abrahams-5th-Anniversary.aspx

https://suddinstitute.org/who-we-are/team/member/15

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/23/south-sudan-year-two-mens-whereabouts-unknown

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/un-opposant-sud-soudanais-risque-d-etre-expluse-du-kenya/3691378.html (FRANCAIS)

South Sudan: South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees

December 10, 2017

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The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with concern the massive human rights violations in South Sudan by the warring parties particularly willfully perpetrated by the government forces. In other countries: Yemen, Syria, Central African Republic, Sudan’s Western Darfur Region, Iraq, Somalia and more, violence remains unabated. South Sudan and these countries have been ripped apart by civil wars. In all the episodes, young people continue to die in the battlefields as child soldiers either over genuine cause or for the interests of political elite. Critically, women, children, elderly and other persons with special needs, pay the ultimate price with their very lives and those who remain alive, live in total dehumanisation. Their dignity is always abused. Sadly, the innocent people are profiled into a state of helplessness.

Unfortunately, as the suffering and dying women and children look up unto us for solutions against the injustice that makes them be in that state of indignity, we completely remain silent. The world remains only watching and indifferent to the plights of the humiliated people.

SSHURSA calls on warring parties especially the government to release all political detainees including revealing the whereabouts and releasing of the human rights lawyer Dong Samuel Luak and others whose fate remains unknown.

Finally, SSHURSA urges the world to ensure that the revitalisation Forum, remains inclusively designed of all South Sudanese stakeholders. Business should and must be done beyond the ordinarily framed public statements. The eyes of the downtrodden are up on us all and the time for the world to deliver through IGAD is now!

https://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64215

http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ctl/ArticleView/mid/519/articleId/21128/Isaiah-Abrahams-5th-Anniversary.aspx

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/23/three-months-still-no-word-disappeared-south-sudanese-men

Sudan/South Sudan/Kenya: Immediately Release Disappeared Lawyer Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri | Letter

June 1, 2017

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers, students and academics who campaign internationally for advocacy rights, advocates in danger, and on rule of law issues. We also engage in legal research and education about international human rights law.  I am a lawyer and a partner of a law firm in Canada, Cohen Highley LLP, and I am writing to you to ask that you intervene with respect to proceedings involving the above named individuals.

Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist went missing the night of January 23, 2017.  Aggrey Idri, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Operation (SPLM-IO) went missing on January 24, 2017.  The two men were taken to a prison facility at the NSS headquarters in Juba, South Sudan and were removed from this facility on January 27th.  Their current whereabouts and fate are unknown.

Sources have advised that both men were detained by the Kenyan authorities and were at risk for deportation.  When a habeas corpus application was filed on January 27th on their behalves, the Kenyan High Court ordered an investigation into their whereabouts.  The confirmation that both men were in Juba and the custody of South Sudanese authorities indicates that they were illegally removed from Kenya.

Dong Samuel Luak was a registered refugee with the office of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Convention Against Torture prohibits the return of people to places where they risk being subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.   If he was deported by Kenyan authorities, this action would be a violation by Kenya of the non-refoulement principle under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

http://www.lrwc.org/sudan-immediately-release-disappeared-lawyer-dong-samuel-luak-and-aggrey-idri-letter/

http://webmail.amnesty.org.uk/interface/external_view_email.php?J9188711717817713669428816414019

DongSamuelLuakAI5.6.17 (AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT APPEAL)

https://www.ifex.org/south_sudan/2017/04/27/disappeared-activists/

http://www.southsudannewsagency.com/index.php/2017/02/22/mystery-deepens-court-rules-families-missing-south-sudanese-activists/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/01/24/kenya-activist-facing-forced-return-south-sudan

Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2017 – Lawyer Edmund Yakani

April 4, 2017

Civil Rights Defenders is pleased to announce human rights defender Edmund Yakani from South Sudan as recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2017. Despite the many risks to his own security, he continues to strive to ensure accountability, justice and respect for human rights in a context of conflict, violence and severe human rights violations.

Edmund Yakani is the Executive Director of human rights organisation Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), based in South Sudan’s capital city Juba. He is among the most tenacious and vocal voices in the country when it comes to defending and promoting human rights, democratic transition and justice. He particularly stands out in his effort to ensure respect for rule of law and justice, and the inclusion of civil society in the ongoing peace talks.

EdmundY“For me, this award symbolises motivation and recognition of the efforts and hard work to protect human rights defenders in South Sudan. This is a call for more efforts to engage in further protection for human rights defenders and their families”, said Edmund Yakani to Civil Rights Defenders.

South Sudan, the youngest country in the world, gained its independence as recent as in July 2011. By many social, economic and political standards, the country is among the poorest in the world. Respect for civil and political rights has never been established to the level its citizens wished for at independence.

Also read Civil Rights Defenders country report on South Sudan: New Country, Old Beginnings

The situation for human rights worsened following the outbreak of inter-ethnic and armed conflicts in 2013. Since then, human rights defenders and outspoken critics have been increasingly targeted by the government, security forces and other armed actors, and Edmund Yakani has himself been threatened on several occasions due to his work.

“State authorities see human rights work as part of a politically motivated agenda against them, and hence human rights defenders are seen as enemies of the state. In addition, the rule of law is compromised to the level that impunity has become a norm in the South Sudanese society”, said Edmund Yakani.

Despite facing enormous challenges and risk, Edmund Yakani stands his ground and continues to promote and ensure respect for human rights.

https://www.civilrightsdefenders.org/news/civil-rights-defender-of-the-year-award-2017-edmund-yakani/