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Second South Sudan civil society member kidnapped and beaten

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October 28, 2012 (JUBA) – A member of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance (SSCSA) who was kidnapped “at gunpoint” on 22 October was found abandoned at a graveyard in Juba on 26 October, relatives and human right activists told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

Deng Athuai Mawiir Rehan, chairperson of the alliance on Sunday expressed “disappointment” over what he described as “unbearable treatment”, and called on the government to launch an "immediate investigation into harassment and targeted kidnapping of human and civil rights defenders”.

“This is no longer an incident. Our government should not ignore it. It is becoming [an] unbearable practice and obviously these people are targeting members of the alliance which is unacceptable. The intention is very clear. They just want to muzzle the alliance which will not work. Our government must investigate and take actions", Athuai told reporters on Sunday.

He said Ring Bulabuk, a defense lawyer who works with the alliance was kidnapped on 22 October in Juba by unknown armed personnel in civilian clothes. Relatives and friends say the men were members of South Sudan’s security services.

Bulabek was later found abandoned at Juba graveyard in “a terrible shape”, Athuai said, after being kept in an “undisclosed location” with no access to legal assistance and medical care until when he was found on Friday 26 October.

Athuai said that although his colleague was in good health after days of “tribulation” he still looks terrified and is too traumatized to share exactly what happened to him.

“There are people who do not understand what roles we play in the society. They see members of the alliance as threat. They do not see civil society as mirror through which people sees themselves”, he said.

He explained that Bulabuk was taken after receiving threats to stop working on a legal suit against an army general about land grabbing in the Malakia area of Juba.

“He received threats and intimidation. Some people were calling and directing him to pull out from the case. It was after receiving these calls that he was picked heartlessly”, he explained.

Athuai said the alliance is still contemplating what measures to take. The South Sudan Civil Society Alliance says it deeply regrets that such practices continue to take place in South Sudan, which separated from Sudan last year, in part as a reaction to the poor way Southerners were treated by the Islamist regime in Khartoum.

Despite, serious human rights issues, Athuai said that he believed South Sudan’s leaders were striving to promote the supremacy of rule law, good governance, as well as improving transparency and accountability.

This is the second such attack on civil society activists in the last four months. Athuai himself was kidnapped and tortured in July by unknown men. He was released after President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a statement instructing the security forces to find out where he was held and what had happened him.

The the two abductions and beatings highlight the challenges facing South Sudan, which became the world’s youngest nation when it seceded from neigbouring Sudan in July 2011 after two decades of civil war.

Athuai said his colleague told him that the group had threatened to kill him if the civil society group keep on talking “nonsense” and him the alliance were “traitors” who must be dealt with accordingly. He said the assailants asked Bulabuk: “Where were you when we were in the bush fighting your masters?”.

In Athuai’s own ordeal he was kidnapped from the street near his residence, had a bag pulled over his head and was taken to an unknown location where he was beaten, tied to a chair and questioned without food or water. Bulabuk was also beaten and interrogated about who was directing his actions.

“With whom will you cooperate if you do not take what we tell you? There is nowhere you can hide here”, Athuai quoted his colleague as saying the men told him.

“They tied him up and kicked him many times before he was thrown at Juba graveyard leaving him unconscious”, he explained.

The activist said that his colleague was not able to escape from where he was held because he was kept in a dark cell without any light.

“He does not know who kidnapped him. He was kept in the dark in an isolated place outside the town. What happened to him was exactly what happened to me. He was picked [up] while walking back to his residence”, Athuai said.

No statement has been made public from the security services clarifying the reasons for or denying the arrest, despite attempts by Sudan Tribune to reach the relevant authorities. A senior government official at the ministry of justice who did not want to be identified claimed that South Sudan’s security apparatus were acting contrary to the national transitional constitution.

“I actually do not know on what basis are security arresting members of the alliance. The role of the security according to [the] transitional constitution is clear. Their work is to gather the information, analyze it and then forward their findings to the relevant authorities. This is what is in the constitution. They have no right to arrest people unless they want to be another government”, he explained.

Widespread allegations of corruption have dogged the South Sudanese government since independence with international partners demanding that more action is taken. Earlier this year President Kiir wrote to 75 senior officials demanding that they return $4 billion in stolen oil revenue. In the letter, Kiir said that the ruling SPLM had forgotten what they had fought for during the civil war.

South Sudan is due to resume oil exports in the coming months after a cooperation agreement with Sudan, signed last month. However, the deal has not been universally welcomed and in public meetings heated debates have taken place of the deal, rising food prices and the state of the young nation’s economy.

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  • 29 October 2012 07:04, by Dinkawarrior

    Mr. Ring Bulabuk and Deng Athuai, please don’t ever for get that Dr. Ngundeng who is also called Gatluak Manguel is against South Sudan Freedom! It’s Evil who send by Dr. Holocaust Riek Machar to do his will, let’s pray that God will punish them for destroying our freedom. God Almighty, help your people in the hands of Traitors and Greedy people!

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    • 29 October 2012 09:20, by Ruach

      Dinka Cieth:Gatluak Manguel is a dinka carnival,there is no carnivalism in Nuer Societies in general.Carnivals are there in Lake State.They are called Malual Agongbeer from Dinka Agaar.Tell me if Nuer have a family called Agaar?

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      • 29 October 2012 10:11, by Dinkawarrior

        Mr.Pick up! It’s your uncle Dr. Riek Ma-Cieth or Dr. Holocaust is called Cieth! Because he nothing but smelling ass! You just pick up and go, shame on you! Your Ngagat uncle will die soon, the greedy animal with Islamic Mark on his Butt! You’re son of Nyamnyam, don’t denied this fact! Gatluak Manguel is your uncle! I am wonder why you guys praise Ngundeng everyday? He go eat people and bring some!

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        • 29 October 2012 12:02, by Ahmed Chol

          Deng Athuai,
          The government cannot investigate the secret security agents.They are directed by Salva Kiir and Salva Mathok.
          Bulabek needs to launch his gang against the general that planned his suffering.
          Brutality will not stop if not counteract. The agent will begin to behave if some of these high figures that are directing our citizens death are given a taste of their own medicine, u see!

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          • 29 October 2012 13:46, by Raam_mi raam

            Torturings will not stop unless those security agents trained in Khartoum are remove, the only thing ICC should start take some notes about this country

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        • 29 October 2012 17:21, by Ruach

          Cieth:You are son of carnival(gat letni)! I have no connections with carnivals! How come you deny your fore father Gatluak Manguel Agongbeer with your Aunt Apiu Agongbeer,your uncle Malual Agongbeer! Gatluak Manguel was called like as such after he was sent by Dinka to finish Nuer in the form of Lion!But we killed at Nyirol County after being speared with a spear having long string attach with peg

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          • 29 October 2012 17:27, by Ruach

            Then he cried telling to his aunt Apiu that I’m speared with long string which made him ran to 5000m(5km) and was pulled back to the previous place.At this time Gatluak manguel had no helps as all his carnival families(Dinka Bor and Agaar) were dispersed by brave men from Nyirol!They caught him alive and was found to be a dog waving his tail! They did not kill the dog(carnival) immediately,but....

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            • 29 October 2012 17:35, by Ruach

              con..,but was taken to the prison as a dog!Gatluak turned into Human being after getting enough foods in his cell and was seen by other prisoners around him! The gov’t wasn’t foolish enough to release him,but was given a condition to jump the 2000m tele communication electric pole so that he might be released.The carnival was laughing as he knew that he would jump it.As a result,he jumped.........

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              • 29 October 2012 17:51, by Ruach

                ..he jumped upto 3900m and was difficult for him.He came down.It was a great show of the day guys in 1957.He was given second chance and jumped upto 4125m,but couldn’t manage it this time as his animals power was over and came down in Human form and broken his body into pieces!That was his end and Nuer were free upto now.He was the only threat looked like animal! He is not Nuer rather he is Dinka

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                • 30 October 2012 06:52, by MKee

                  ruach, your lies r clear n no sensible head will believe what you r trying to coin up. Do you actually know the figures you are talking about here? 4125m = 4.125km and 3900m = 3.9km. What sort of human being or animal can jump upto that heights if you are not so foolish

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                  • 30 October 2012 06:58, by MKee

                    cont.. try to lies but please don’t add in this simple arithematic, it will reveal your lies very clearily to every one else and defame you. word of advice don’t deny facts of which every southerner knows about your people....ramram and no analysis.

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    • 30 October 2012 06:18, by parajok

      No body will bring these criminal to Justice, since the world know SPLM was the government and criminal at the sametime.
      God Help!!

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  • 29 October 2012 07:19, by Aarai Baka

    So what is the difference from old Sudan to current ROSS? Under our current cowboy president,people are intimidated, hassared and beated up without no reasons. Good luck ROSS people. I cannot waits for 2015 to voted them out n put new faces.
    Fed up citizen. Thank God my brother got released last month as POW from SAF in good condition n health.

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    • 29 October 2012 08:44, by Mach-Ajong

      I can’t believed our people behave in such away! What’s the different between Khartoum Regime and Juba’s Dictatorship? Those attitudes of selfishness can’t help, we fought for everyone freedom not as you think.Please brothers stop tribalism and let’s fight the war of self-interest-threat from our corrupted government. It was Deng Athuai problems, today is Ring’s cases, and tomorrow is you!

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  • 29 October 2012 07:19, by wang

    Garang Boys must have to stop those kinds of behaviours. They had beaten that poor guy up because he was calling for the prosecution of those 75 thieves, which over 99% from our cousins B—D.

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    • 29 October 2012 10:06, by Loko El Pollo

      Laws must be obeyed and adhered to,whoever fail fullfill his pledge to the nation safety reap part or whole of his or her games.Iam not condoning this inhumane act against Ringo,people like Chueny Duel and Peter Tut will always have the best lesson.they not taste well cooked lentils till their investigations are done.the mountain rats meat they receive every sunday will keep them healthy and

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    • 29 October 2012 21:45, by Arakataa

      Wang, i hope that you are not out of mind. Do nt be talking of garang boys,garang do nt have boys anything concerning political issue, you should have to shut up man just write somthing revence to the article.

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  • 29 October 2012 07:35, by pabaak

    No matter what circumstances these members of society went through, yet they’ll still carry their mandate to advocate for freedom of expression and rule of law in South Sudan, these criminals who harm layers and human right activists will one day face the justice

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  • 29 October 2012 12:42, by Emporio

    south sudan been hijack by group of people who are lucky enough to get top position and dont know what is country mean there is no law and order in southsudan as long as the warlord general in top position and dr masscare still involve in south issues and hot president is head of state

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  • 29 October 2012 17:12, by Mapuor

    Deng Athuai and Bulbek are names used by Western Padang Dinkas.Security forces are from Bor.This barbaric act should stop.This may create terrible retaliations from Western Padang members.Torture is not civilized and will never silent peoples quest for justice,equality,freedom and transparency

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    • 30 October 2012 08:49, by Arakataa

      Mapuor, i think the name Bor you guyz like to included in any comment even thou where Bor is not neccessary to be mention, can you behave and stop tribalism it is awkward to be premitive.

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