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HRW urges Clinton to pressure S. Sudan on human rights abuses


July 2, 20120 (JUBA) - As the United States (US) secretary of state, Hillary Clinton visits South Sudan this Friday; Human Right Watch (HRW) has demanded commitment from the country’s leaders on how cases of human rights abuses, it documented in various prisons, are be addressed.

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US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, speaking at the South Sudan international engagement conference, December 2011 (AP)

Clinton is expected in Juba, the South Sudanese capital as part of her 11 day tour of six African countries. She is expected hold talks with president Salva Kiir, with the issue of the ongoing post-secession talks in Addis Ababa, likely to dominate the discussion.

However, in a letter to the US Secretary of State, Daniel Bekele, HRW executive director for Africa division, highlights issues such the “unlawful” detention of prisoners, flawed arrests and prosecution as common practices allegedly being practised in South Sudan.

“The failure to pursue justice for serious crimes is also a long standing problem in South Sudan, a country with limited law enforcement capacity and a vast territory”, the 31 July letter partly reads, adding that the improvement of the justice and prison systems in the country is essential.

About 6,000 prisoners, according to a HRW research, reportedly live in extremely poor conditions, are arbitrarily detained, without solid legal justification, or sentenced for actions that should not be criminalised.

The research, conducted between March 2011 and January 2012 recommends that security forces be held accountable for alleged human rights abuses in the country, which celebrated its first independence anniversary less than a month ago.

Bekele, in his strongly-worded letter, also urged Clinton to emphasise the critical importance of humanitarian access to the conflict prone Sudan’s states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The conflict, aid agencies say, has displaced over 200,000 people from Sudan into neighbouring South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, HRW, Sudan Tribune has leaned, is due to organise a one day workshop for various stakeholders to deliberate on the findings in their report on the state of South Sudanese prisons. The event, earmarked for 6 August, will take place in Juba.


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  • 3 August 2012 08:59, by Modi Lo Laja

    Dear readers,

    Let’s be confidence to our newly nation and not to anyone came from abroad whether Whiteman or Redman thought aren’t terms as that they knew every things on globe. They are human as us my fellow Southerners.

    Those cited above aren’t your thoughts or lives. They learned as we do too. Don’t think they will be the one to change our lives. They are not but we can do that if all of us

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    • 3 August 2012 18:51, by deng

      Modi Lo Laja,

      I agree with you Bro. Who said there is human right on this planet? If there was one, why the international community think they should sanction the new born country with the old one that is harrassing them since independent. A new created country is like a baby born yesterday who still doesn’t know how walk. Shame-Shame to human right who ignored the really big problem.

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  • 15 August 2012 11:34, by Ahmado

    In our counrty called south sudan people live in like foregners the leaders have no spirit of nationalism does why insecurity in the country is rampage no body care of it innocents has to die and rich provided with security corrupted officers provided with security so that maintain them to continues with corruption in country.we have army,polce, which can protect citizen from interna attack.

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