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By Julius N. Uma

August 31, 2012 (JUBA) - The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has strongly criticized South Sudan’s recent decision to hang two men in a central prison located in the capital, Juba, saying those executed lacked proper legal assistance.

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South Sudanese judges (photo RSS ministry of Justice)

Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner on Friday, said the organization was concerned about the “sudden” wave of executions that have, in recent weeks, taken place in a number of countries, including South Sudan, Gambia and Iraq.

“We urge all states, which have not yet done so, to introduce – or reintroduce — an official moratorium on the use of the death penalty aiming to abolish it,” said Colville, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

The executions, the UN says, largely contradict the global trend and position on the death penalty, as many countries strive to abolish the practice, which was endorsed by the UN General Assembly.

Sudan Tribune could not, however, reach Rodento Tongum, the spokesperson of South Sudan prisons over the matter.

A recent report, released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) deplored the poor state of prisoners in South Sudan, where prisoners allegedly live in terrible conditions, are unlawfully being detained while the whole justice system is reportedly a flawed process.

Currently, up to 150 states of the UN have reportedly abolished the death penalty or introduced a moratorium, either in law or practice.

According to Amnesty International, an overwhelming majority of countries did not use the death penalty in 2011, with only 21 out of 198 countries reportedly carrying out executions.

The rate of executions, Amnesty International says, reflected a decline of more than a third over the last decade.

However, while death sentences were reportedly pardoned or commuted in 33 countries, compared to just 19 in 2010, the organization says at least 18,750 people remained under sentence of death at the end of the year, while about 680 people were reportedly executed worldwide in 2011, excluding China.

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  • 1 September 2012 09:06, by Sala Gai

    We should not talk about Majith Kur Because in South Sudan every one there is fighting where to get position either than development, leave only that South Sudan get independent since 2005 to present
    Can anyone tell how far with the development in South Sudan, while the aim of SPLA/M was mismanagement of resources in Khartuom Sudan but per now things change up down.
    In this case Majith has right

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    • 1 September 2012 12:31, by Darkangel

      Mabior Garang, son of South Sudan’s founder, blasts country’s leadership

      http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/08/31/164561/mabior-garang-son-of-south-sudans.html

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      • 1 September 2012 15:54, by panchol

        Mr. Darnkagel.
        What is a use of bringing the photo of son of great man to the Eastern Bank.
        Here we have what is so called SPLM Leadership Council in which Dr. John Garang Mabior a chairman deputised Cdr. Salva Kiir mayardit who is currently president of South Sudan.Now, what is a connection between critism made by UN over South Sudan Prisoners in Juba Central prisons and the photo you posts?

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        • 1 September 2012 17:39, by Northern Sudanese

          panchol
          under the photo there is a link, click on the link and you will understand why he posted it and the connection.
          brains, south sudanese have no brains? more than 80% don’t know how to read or write? lol
          Garangs son is now against salva shit because of the way he rules the shithole, this shows that spshit is a bad shit ruling innocent people who have nothing, unlike dumb asylum seekers!

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          • 1 September 2012 20:16, by mohamed mahgoub

            Don’t expect u 2 guys to coment here coz only punchment we see in S in stoning women for adultery( not a single male in three cases mentioned) many govnt officials get away with their corruption

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      • 8 October 2012 18:06, by panchol

        please son of gr8t, don’t spoil the name of your father because he killed nobody from Southern Sudan.
        If did it so, no one would have followed you.
        As long as you exercise your politics without proxy militias, junubin can do their part to elect you as their president with good courage that you can give to your president Salva Kiir Mayardit as he has been offered his ability to the struggle tirele

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    • 1 September 2012 18:51, by Ayom Ayom

      None of their business, the UN to criticize court penalties in South Sudan, even in the Hague, head of states are being prosecuted like Saddam Hassan of Iraqi. He was hang like a dog base on his crime he committed and he has to pay for it.

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  • 1 September 2012 09:22, by Mapuor

    Regretably,its extremely saddening to talk of South Sudan being heading to a fail State and at the same time talking against punishing murderers.This article implies that murderers should not be punished proportionately and that they should be comforted in prisons at the expense of loyal tax payers.Thats madness.Capital punishment prevents brutalitity and it stood the test of time.Hooooooo

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    • 1 September 2012 14:57, by CHUOLJBOL

      "Infact Can Say But will not make sense" many people called S.Sudan Failure! South Sudan will not be a failure state, the country have men and women that can hold the Nation’s future you may find many youth in south Sudan criticizes the Government while they are government employees how are we term these Nigas really? if you are South Sudanese with heart of nationalism be the change to nation

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      • 1 September 2012 21:33, by panom lualbil

        CHUOL J BOL??
        Becos employees see certain leaders vissionless due to their statues during struggle. Although by amnesty and chance to hold that position, the reason was to stop your rebelion but we wont recycle ’curse’ you. Just eat and relax and keep your mouth short, we are in cold-war.

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  • 1 September 2012 09:22, by Luk Riek

    the UN is criticizes south sudan for nothing, law in south sudan not a law in America, because alot of violance in USA and death panelties since 1976 upto now, why UN never say any things about that. the death penalties are following:
    Message from Prosecuting Attorney
    Clark County Cases
    Current Indiana Death Row
    Indiana Death Row 1977 - 2008
    Indiana Executions Since 1900
    Indiana Death

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    • 1 September 2012 09:32, by Robot

      How do you call this?, people counterfeiting fake money to kill south sudan economy, foreigners holding arms and killing people at night, drugs trafficking... name them, in addition who asked among the so called human right watch why Saddam was hanged??, South Sudan is not an experimenting ground for people and powers to test their strength.

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  • 1 September 2012 10:46, by Xeno

    Sounds like UN is running south sudan....

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    • 1 September 2012 14:45, by Northern Sudanese

      Xeno
      The people are the responsibility of the United Nations , thats what you foreign minister said a few months ago :D

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  • 1 September 2012 11:09, by WiseMonyBeer

    I am for the capital punishment provided that they are real murderes. You kill people, you too must be killed. But in the SPLA South Sudan, those who are executed are the innocent; while the real murderes such as Salva Kiir, Kuol Manyang, Peter Bol Kong, Riek Machar, Ismael Konyi, Kuol Diim, and many murderers are free.
    Wisemonybeer !

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    • 1 September 2012 14:34, by Ruach

      Wise Monyeliel/beer.Only Ismail is a criminal who has been killing Lou-Nuer for long time and he still supporting youyau ’s rebelions

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      • 1 September 2012 21:41, by panom lualbil

        Why hang ’TWO PRISONERS’ to death while offering others amnesty ?? This is unfair to the rule of law....

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  • 1 September 2012 11:50, by Gabriel KK

    Execution is not a solution to crisis in our Country, imprisonment is another punishment for criminals. therefore I am aganist this act and must be be stop.

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    • 1 September 2012 12:23, by Runrach

      This an act of hanging people is an Arabs world system of punishment and should be abolish amicably. There are many ways of punishing those offenders if they are found committing an indictable offence against public and individual. I wish our lawmakers should revisit the constitution and amend that an article/act. Otherwise we’ll like Mondukuru.

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  • 1 September 2012 12:19, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    This is an acceptable.To execute a person unlawfully is like killing in a street.

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  • 1 September 2012 14:40, by Kodi Wilson

    UN is doing nothing ,If they are committed to their objectives ,why are they leaving president bashir killing innocent people of sudan that implies that they are promoting criminality in the world .ha we are feed up of you.

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    • 1 September 2012 22:25, by Peacocktail

      Hanging Criminal and execution reduce crime rate in any state leave New State like South Sudan. Right Watch did nothing to Bashir who murders Million of Darfurian, SOutherners yet moving free in the World. Bulshit UN must referrian from South Sudan affairs. they help in Smuggling David Yau with Isamail Konyi to Khartuom inorder for thier Mandate to continued due to instability. Great shame to UN

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  • 2 September 2012 06:14, by Samuel Malual

    Within a short period of time the Gogrial organisation for self Services (GOSS)have committed to many mistakes than a thirsty years old indpendence State.
    There is no doubt that the country is ruled by Gogrial mafia plus other disowned members of other communities such as John Luke Jock the current minister of justice.
    This is the list of Gogrial Top officials:

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  • 2 September 2012 06:16, by Samuel Malual

    Within a short period of time the Gogrial organisation for self Services (GOSS)have committed to many mistakes than a thirsty years old indpendence State.There is no doubt that the country is ruled by Gogrial mafia plus other disowned members of other communities such as John Luke Jock the current minister of justice.This is the list of Gogrial Top officials:

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  • 2 September 2012 06:22, by Samuel Malual

    President Salva Kiir- Gogrial
    Chief Justice Chan Reech Madut- Gogrial
    Governor of Central Bank- Koriom Mayik- Gogrial
    Police Commissioner of the Republic of South Sudan- Gogrial
    Director of internal- Akol Koch- Warrap State
    Minister of foreign Affairs Nhial Deng Nhial Warrap State
    Minister of cabinet affairs Deng Alor- Warrap State.
    Gogrial corrupt cabinets good lack motherfuckers.

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