January 25, 2017
Lawyer and human rights advocate Dong Samuel Luak was in charge of the South Sudan Law Society, an NGO focused on promoting justice and the rule of law, between 2002 to 2013.
Luak fled to neighbouring Kenya in August 2013, after receiving death threats following his defence of Pagan Amum, the former secretary general of South Sudan’s ruling party accused of an alleged coup plot.
Since South Sudan’s conflict began in December 2013, Luak, who is the opposition forces SPLM-IO‘s deputy chairman for justice and human rights, has publicly condemned human rights abuses by South Sudanese government officials.
Luak was detained by Kenyan authorities on 23 January, prompting social media users to use the hashtag #WhereIsDong? in support of the activist.
According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the refugee is being held at the Nairobi Area Police Headquarters. Subject to a deportation order, Luak is is at risk of a forced return to South Sudan, where he could face persecution, HRW said.