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S. Sudanese rights body condemns dissidents’ arrest

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January 26, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) has condemned in the “strongest” term the arrest and possible deportation of two senior opposition figures.

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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)

Samuel Dong Luak, a South Sudanese lawyer disappeared on 23 January, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. He is believed being held by the Kenyan security personnel with Aggrey Idris, a senior South Sudanese armed opposition member also abducted and believed to be held.

Sources in Nairobi indicated that South Sudan’s security personnel are behind the abduction having connived with the Kenyan security agents to deport the two vocal opposition figures back to Juba.

Luak, despite being in exile since 2013, continued to champion the defence of human rights and the rule of law and has always been exposing any abuses carried out by South Sudanese authorities.

“Abducting him [Luak] and Aggrey Idris, is a violation of their right to free speech and expression. SSHURSA condemns the behaviour of Kenyan security in conniving with South Sudanese security to abuse the rights of Samuel Dong and Aggrey Idris”, said the rights body.

SSHURSA urged the Kenyan government to adhere to its international human rights obligations and not partake in the abuses of human rights and rule of law, which Luak has been exposing at the forefront.

“SSHURSA calls on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government to intervene to prevent deportation and the two men should be released immediately. President Kenyatta should take drastic measures against his security agents who are involved in conniving with the South Sudanese security machinery to use Kenya as a ground to extend human rights abuses,” stressed the statement.

The rights entity further urged the international community especially, the United Nations and the Troika nations (United States, Norway and United Kingdom) to boldly face the Kenyan government to stop possible deportation of activists Luak and Idris back to South Sudan.

It further called upon Kenya’s human rights institutions and personnel to urge their government not to condone Kenyan soil being used as a city for South Sudan security agents to abuse human rights and rule of law at will as they do in South Sudan.

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 arrested and deported James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson for rebel leader, Riek Machar. Dak is currently being held, without charge, at South Sudan National Security Services headquarters.

(ST)

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  • 27 January 07:49, by Midit Mitot

    Yes, South Sudan human right society for advocacy has right to say so, if Kenyan government is mistreating South Sudanese citizens, so, tit for tat will be in corridor, otherwise Kenyan government should think wise.

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    • 27 January 08:51, by koang mi kei

      I can support what south Sudan advocacy condemn but I want to remind Kenyan if you don’t listen to the world there will be no safe place for Kenyan citizen in south Sudan not only rebel held areas even Equatorial will not be safe for them because what Kenya is doing now is like what beast did in story by telling people who are sleeping in the same house in two corners with in the same room he is d

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  • 27 January 12:19, by Future1

    It is okay to advocate not to abuse someone’s right let us also respect South Sudan as a nation. This rebellion has no national agenda that is why they should choose peace and dialogue rather than endless and stupid campaigns in diaspora. Come home we face each other intellectually and peacefully. Cease propaganda!!! We are born here and we die here!!! Those who r dying are also humans with rights

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  • 27 January 12:35, by Fair Man

    Future 1
    I am extremely surprised see you joining the convoy of fools. War is imposed on our people by JCE and Dinka, who believe that they should not be questioned for their bad governance. There is no peace as long as Kiir remains in power. So, talking about peace that was destroyed on 8th July, 2016 with attempted assassination of Riek is a mere propaganda. ACRSS 2015, R.I.P, we dearly missed u

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    • 27 January 12:56, by PEACE FOR ALL

      poor man, compare the live of today 2017 and that of 2013, $1 was 1.3 SSP, but now it is 15 SSP per 1 dollar, where are heading to. you are keeping campaigning for war in abroad while the common citizens are pay the cost of this useless war. talking of Dinka Dinka Dinka has done A,B,C,D will not hand you anything. let us accept our selves as brothers and sisters, dal down arm and build our nation

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    • 27 January 13:10, by wacjak

      Fair Woman,

      Who are you when you say, war has been imposed on us? Furthermore, does the Agreement on the resolution of conflict die just because Riek is gone? Is the bad governance an issue of the Dinka people or the whole system of the government of South Sudan? Believe me or not, your constant cry would not change things in this country until you change your mindset. War is over since Riek left

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      • 27 January 14:59, by equatoriaWIN

        wac-fool,

        you jienge impose the war on south sudan! war will live in south sudan as long as dogs run this country. speak again before god and not in your own mind.

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      • 27 January 21:24, by Eastern

        Get this fact in your thick backward head, women are not inferior......!

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  • 27 January 13:37, by Fair Man

    PEACE FOR ALUEL ALUEL
    The Authors and Chief Editors of the this war is the JCE and the primitive Ministers and Generals around Kiir, 99% of whom are Dinka. Kiir, was forced by these stupid fellows to issue reckless Decrees and Orders, signing useless bills into laws and appointing people then electing them, looting resources, name them. These are anti-peace which must be defeated at all cost.

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    • 27 January 13:42, by Fair Man

      PEACE FOR ALUEL ALUEL, Wacjak, the families of the senior JCE and thugs have amashed enough wealth. Despite economic crisis, facing the people, they continue to afford dollars to feed their families abroad. The families of most of JCE and Dinka Ministers/Generals are not in refugee camps but in comfortable homes. Revisit Sentry report and add your own list. The list is long. Ask why people are v.U

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