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Rights groups urge Kenya to release two S. Sudan activists

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January 24, 2017 (NAIROBI/JUBA) - The Enough Project, Human Rights Watch and other international voices have appealed to Kenyan authorities to immediately release of two South Sudanese citizens and political opposition figures, Aggrey Idri and Dong Samuel Luak.

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SPLM (IO) deputy chairman for justice and human rights affairs, Samuel Dong Luak, pictured after his return from hospital, Nairobi, October 13, 2015 (ST Photo)

The two activists, according to their lawyer, are being detained by Kenyan authorities in Nairobi and have been subjected to a deportation order.

Their lives and safety are at “immediate” risk, if they are extradited from Nairobi to Juba as ordered, the lawyer told rights bodies.

The Enough Project, in a statement, called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Kenyan security authorities to “immediately” release both men and nullify the deportation orders the are facing.

Human Rights Watch also expressed concerns over the arrest of Luak, a South Sudanese lawyer and human rights advocate, saying he was denied access to legal counsel and could be deported.

“Dong Samuel Luak has been a vocal advocate for human rights in South Sudan for many years, and could face serious mistreatment if returned to South Sudan,” said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“Kenyan authorities should respect his rights, allow him access to legal counsel and United Nations refugee officials, and immediately halt any deportation proceedings against him,” he added.

Luak fled to Kenya in August 2013, after receiving death threats following his defense of Pagan Amum, the former secretary general of South Sudan’s governing party, whom the South Sudanese government had accused of involvement in treason.

Since South Sudan’s conflict began in December 2013, Luak has continued publicly to denounce human rights abuses and corruption by South Sudanese government officials. In October 2015, he was brutally attacked at his home in Nairobi by men thought to be linked to South Sudan’s security services.

Kenya has, in recent years, unlawfully deported several prominent opposition members from neighboring countries to their countries of origin, despite being recognized as refugees under Kenyan law and protests by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In November last year, Kenya deported James Gatdet Dak, who was South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar’s spokesperson. He is currently held, without charge, at South Sudan National Security Services (NSS) headquarters.

There are serious concerns that the same fate, or worse, may await Luak if Kenya forcibly returns him to Juba, Human Rights Watch said.

“Dong Samuel Luak is at serious risk of arbitrary detention, torture, and other abuses if returned to South Sudan,” stressed Lefkow.

“Kenyan authorities need to respect their obligations under international and Kenyan law and ensure he is protected,” he added.

(ST)

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  • 25 January 06:16, by Akuma

    Good news, let them be deported and join their colleague in Blue House in Juba for breakfast.

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    • 25 January 06:58, by Midit Mitot

      Akuma,
      Don,t laugh bro, the game is till going on, these two guys will not come to Juba like James Gatdet Dak, men at work now.

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    • 25 January 07:22, by Eastern

      The Blue House that you boast of Jow could be used to incererate Kiir and cohorts then later razed to the ground and replaced with memorial garden in honour of those who perished there.....

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    • 26 January 02:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

      I disagree with you Akuma, if these activists want to live in Kenya, let them stay there, but they have to stay out of South Sudan politics or internal affairs. They have to denounce their activists role and live in Kenya as Refugee otherwise Kenyan government has a right to deport those who promote violence.

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  • 25 January 09:22, by Maguto

    Dear All

    Never trust Kenyan government again...90% of the south sudan money is with the kenyan government...take care those who have problem with south sudan government and lives in Nairobi..it is te second juba

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  • 25 January 10:51, by online

    I see nothing wrong in deporting the two citizens to their country of origin,when James was deported nothing has happen to him now.
    real men don’t hide in foreign land and begin to speak rubbish
    East or west home is better
    this is just the beginning all be deported

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    • 25 January 13:02, by Juba Lira

      Welcome back home brother Dong with your two colleagues, you stay in Kenya for so long and it is better to come back home.

      we are waiting for you at Juba Airport.
      some foolish guy say, if you come to Juba you will not get food, nothing like that in Juba.

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  • 25 January 13:35, by Dengda

    This is cowardly act, Kenyatta is working unprofessional and interest of Money. Taban assumed deporting vocal voices will please his master, one thing STD don’t know is that, he working losing track and Kiir questioning his loyalty to him as work as betrayer

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    • 26 January 00:23, by Paul Ongee

      Ya HRW or Rights group,

      What is wrong If Kenya deports the two South Sudanese who preach violence and continuation of wars in the young country of RSS? How many criminals deported from Mexico, caribbean and South America or Europe to USA for threatening US security interest? Whoever threatens South Sudan security interest is subject to deportation Juba from any neighboring country.

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      • 26 January 05:51, by jubaone

        Ongee,
        Funny though that the deported are not often jienges who have been terrified and scared to tell the truth. Jienges have become cowards and have preferred to hire and buy Kenyan bantus whose penchant love for money are doing the dirty job. Nothing lasts forever and MTNs all are legitimate targets.

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