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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

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/09/south-sudan-release-peace-activist

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66020

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/peace-efforts-south-sudan-arrests-activist-peter-biar-ajak-180814133528096.html

http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ctl/ArticleView/mid/519/articleId/21555/Sudd-Institute-Calls-For-Release-of-Peter-Biar-Ajak.aspx

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/south-sudan-must-end-the-arbitrary-detention-of-peter-biar-ajak

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

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/la-salle-grad-lost-boy-philadelphia-biar-ajak-detained-south-sudan-activist-civil-war-prison-20180730.html

http://www.gurtong.net/ECM/Editorial/tabid/124/ID/21557/Default.aspx

https://www.newsweek.com/us-senators-call-release-harvard-activist-detained-south-sudan-officials-1055531

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66003

https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/philadelphia/peter-biar-ajak-lost-boy-philly-jailed-south-sudan

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)

https://www.voaafrique.com/a/les-etats-unis-r%C3%A9clament-la-lib%C3%A9ration-d-un-activiste-au-soudan-du-sud/4510816.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lequotidien.lu/international/soudan-du-sud-arrestation-de-peter-biar-ajak-eminent-defenseur-des-droits-de-lhomme/ (FRANCAIS)

https://lemonde-arabe.fr/03/08/2018/soudan-du-sud-peter-biar-ajak/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-detenido-sudan-sur-destacado-economista-detractor-kiir-machar-20180731173246.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.nzz.ch/international/suedsudans-verlorene-kinder-misstrauen-dem-frieden-ld.1409112 (DEUTSCH)

http://www.nigrizia.it/notizia/impunita-minacciosa (ITALIANO)

https://extra.globo.com/noticias/mundo/presidente-do-sudao-do-sul-concede-anistia-ex-vice-outros-rebeldes-22962949.html (PORTUGUES)

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South Sudan: Detention and Disappearance of Peter Biak Ajak | Letter

August 6, 2018

Your Excellency

Re: Detention and Disappearance of Peter Biak Ajak

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 July 28, 2018 Mr. Peter Biar Ajak, prominent academic and activist and chair of the South Sudan Young Leaders Forum, was arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) at the Juba International Airport as he was preparing to travel to Awiel for a youth forum he organized. Amnesty International reports that this arrears is believed to be linked to the youth forum. Mr. Ajak was presented with an arrest warrant bearing a date that was one week old. He has since been held at the NSS headquarters in JUBA with no access to a lawyer. Mr. Ajak has not been brought before a court and the reason for his detention is unclear.

We urge the authorities of South Sudan to do the following:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally release Peter Biar Ajak;

https://www.lrwc.org/south-sudan-detention-and-disappearance-of-peter-biak-ajak-letter/

https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/AFR6588532018ENGLISH.pdf

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/peace-efforts-south-sudan-arrests-activist-peter-biar-ajak-180814133528096.html

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)

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