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South Sudan: Two SPLM-IO detainees are seen in South Sudan’s detention facility

November 14, 2018

The National Security facility in Juba, also known as the Blue House (Radio Eye photo)

The recently freed South African military expert William Endley said he saw one of prisoners members that the main opposition group at the National Security Service Headquarters (the Blue House) in 2017.

Endley and James Gatdet Dak SPLM-IO leader’s spokesperson were released on 3 November after a presidential pardon announced during the peace celebration day on 31 October 2018.

Speaking to Voice of America’s South Sudan in Focus programme on Wednesday Endley said he saw Aggrey Idri in the National Security Service Headquarters (the Blue House), adding he and his friend Dong Samuel Luak were moved from the prison to another location.

“Aggrey and Dong were in the security house. But I did not see Dong, as he was kept downstairs. I only saw Aggrey,” he said during a seven minutes interview aired on Wednesday.

“They were taken away on the 27th of January 2017 and up to date we did not hear anything about them,” he added.

Dong, a South Sudanese human rights lawyer and activist, and Aggrey Idri, a vocal government critic and member of the SPLM-IO, disappeared off the streets of Nairobi on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively.

Kenyan authorities denied any involvement in or knowledge of the abduction. Also, South Sudanese officials denied having them in Juba prison.

In January 2018, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said they have credible reports that “the two men had been seen in custody at the National Security Services (NSS) headquarters in Juba on January 25 and 26 2017 and were then removed from this facility on January 27”.

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66608

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66527

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

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

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South Sudan: Lawyers union seeks EACJ help to free Juba political prisoners

October 20, 2018

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The Arusha-based Pan African Lawyers Union has gone to the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) to force the South Sudan government to release political detainees.

 

The release of political detainees was part of the September 12 peace agreement.

 

Denald Deya, PALU chief executive, has filed a Habeas Corpus — a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge — at the EACJ for businessman and philanthropist, Kerbino Wol Agok, who has been detained without trial since April.

 

Allies of Mr Agok told The EastAfrican that they do not know his whereabouts since he led a prisoners’ protest at the National Security Service premises commonly known as the Blue House on October 7.

 

Amnesty International has also called for the release of a prominent South Sudanese academician and activist Peter Biar Ajak, who was arrested on July 28 at the Juba International Airport and is believed to be held at the Blue House.

 

The government is accused of denying the detainees access to their families, lawyers and doctors. They are confined and given one meal per day.

 

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/Lawyers-union-seeks-EACJ-help-to-free-Juba-political-prisoners/4552908-4814954-20sxdf/index.html

How Ateny’s “Drum of Truth” was Silenced Forever

https://www.amnesty.ie/south-sudan-release-academic-and-activist-peter-bjar-ajak/ (PLEASE SIGN URGENT PETITION!)

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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)

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