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South Sudan: Rights groups call to investigate disappearance of two South Sudanese activists

February 12, 2019

Dong Samuel Luak (Photo HRW)

Rights groups Monday have called on Kenya and South Sudan to investigate into the enforced disappearance of two South Sudanese activists in Nairobi more than two years ago.

Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent South Sudanese lawyer and human rights activist, and Aggrey Idri, a member of the SPLM-IO were kidnapped in the Kenyan capital on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively.

Despite multiple reports about their arrest by the Kenyan police forces country and deportation to Juba, authorities in the two neighbouring denied any collusion in their disappearance.

On January 17, 2019, a Kenyan High Court ended its 24-month oversight of the police investigation and advised the families to pursue alternative administrative remedies such as filing a complaint with the Internal Police Oversight Authority.

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on the two countries to ensure “effective, transparent, and impartial investigations” into their disappearance, stressing such a decision may lead to a denial of justice.

“The families of Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Ezbon Idri have waited patiently for the truth for two years, their lives in limbo,” said Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“But this decision which lets Kenyan police off the hook risks sending this case into oblivion and denying the families justice,” Henry further said.






https://www.amnesty.fr/actions-mobilisation/disparition-forcee-aidez-nous-a-les-retrouver (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty-ladenburg-schriesheim.de/gleich-aktiv-werden/ (DEUTSCH)

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South Sudan: Disappearances of South Sudanese Critics Demand a Response

January 23, 2019


(Aggrey Ezbon Idri (L) and Dong Samuel Luak. © Private/Human Rights Watch)

Two years ago, South Sudanese lawyer Dong Samuel Luak disappeared off the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. I recently sat with Kur Lual, Dong’s law partner, in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. Holding his head in his hands, he asked me, “How does someone like Dong disappear just like that?” It’s a question many others inside and outside of South Sudan are still asking themselves.

Dong fled South Sudan in August 2013, but continued to denounce human rights abuses and corruption there from his new home in Nairobi. Just one day after his disappearance on January 23, 2017, a South Sudanese government critic and political opposition member, Aggrey Ezbon Idri, also went missing in Nairobi.

The Kenyan government denied having both Dong and Aggrey in custody despite reports from their families that they were being held by the police and awaiting deportation. Meanwhile, other reports indicate that by January 25, the two were already being held by South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS), forces known to commit abuses including unlawful detentions and torture. A Kenyan court ordered the police to investigate the disappearance of the two, but questions about how they disappeared, who was responsible for their abduction, and how they got into South Sudan remain unanswered.






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”.





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

October 20, 2018

salva kiir, riek machar

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.



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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.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.






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