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Rights body concerned over missing UN staff in S. Sudan

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December 14, 2016 (NAIROBI) - Amnesty International has called for urgent action over two staffs of the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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Southern Sudanese police in a convoy on the streets of Juba (UN photo)

Anthony Nyero and James Lual, the right body said, were subjected to forced disappearance by the National Security Services (NSS).

The two, the campaign group said, have not meet with their family members since January and their whereabouts have not been revealed. They are detained along the bank of Nile River in Juba.

“Amnesty International is calling on the South Sudan authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Anthony Nyero and James Lual and ensure unrestricted access to their family members, lawyers of their own choosing, adequate medical care and ensure they are not subjected to torture or ill-treatment,” the statement read.

The right body has calls on the government to end arbitrary detentions by the NSS, particularly in the Jebel headquarters and the riverside detention facilities. It wants prompt, effective and impartial investigations into NSS detention practices initiated by the state.

Amnesty International accused government of failing to notify UNMISS to show credible evidence of a crime committed by either, prior to taking legal action against Nyero and Lual.

The arrest of the duo, it stressed, is a violation of Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the UN and South Sudan government.

South Sudanese authorities have not yet responded to the appeal.

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  • 15 December 2016 08:36, by Maguto

    All will be arrested in the country..people must take caution in making sure that,the security organs are against the citizens or who even has a say in the Republic..they need money from who even is working in the SS..they will demand huge amount of money for the release of those UN wworkers

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  • 15 December 2016 13:50, by Dengda

    Why it took so long for UN raise since January, these staff may have been killed and dumped in river at night.

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    • 16 December 2016 12:25, by Chang Kuony

      Dinka Haram terrorist NSS are targeting non Dinka Nuer,Chollo, Murle, Greater Fertiit in Wau as well as greater Equatorians ethnic groups. What a tribal mindsets?

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      • 16 December 2016 12:28, by Chang Kuony

        Sorry for typo error
        .I mean non Dinka _Nuer etc.

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