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Campaign group calls for release of political detainees in S. Sudan


March 30, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese authorities must release all people detained without charge by security agencies, including the 28 men currently held at the headquarters of the national intelligence agency in the capital Juba, Amnesty International said in an open letter to President Salva Kiir.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir arrives in Khartoum on September 3, 2013 (AFP Ashraf Shazly)

The call comes barely a month after the South Sudanese leader publicly pledged to release all political detainees in the country.

“Hundreds of people, mostly men, have been arrested without charge by security agents and held in torturous conditions for long periods of time, since the conflict began more than three years ago. Others have disappeared without a trace at the hands of National Security Service and Military Intelligence agents,” Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty said in a statement.

“While President Kiir’s pledge was welcome, we call on him to go a step further and order a full investigation into arbitrary detention practices of government security agencies, enforced disappearances, deaths in custody, torture and other ill-treatment,” he added.

20 men, the campaign group said, died at three separate detention centres in Juba between February 2014 and December 2016.

Meanwhile, the Director General for South Sudan Prisons Service, General Henry Kuany said that prisoners in the states have no food.

Kuany attributes the problem to the economic crisis in the country.

“The prisoners are not getting enough food, but they are getting half of what is supposed to be their feeding,” he told Eye Radio Monday.

The situation, Kuany said, is not any better in Juba, where there are more than 1,000 inmates, who struggle to get even a meal in a day.

According to the official, Juba Central Prison now uses 17 bags of flour per day to feed more than 1,000 inmates, which is insufficient.

He said over 30 contractors providing food to prisons in Juba and other states are demanding big money sums from the government.

Some of the contractors, Kuany further disclosed, have stopped working while some are still providing food only to prisoners in Juba.

“The market prices are very high, beyond what they [contractors] can afford to provide the required food items for prisoners,” he said.


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  • 30 March 2017 22:07, by Bolman

    Useless Idiot u look so ugly called himself President u don’t felt ashamed for yourself I hate you and watching you to severely death as well as you did it to others Tribes, talking about prisoners who are just noneDinka members in politic, the mindful politician who can lead this Country in peaceful good managing way of solidarity, Justice and equality to every Citizen I don’t like u forever

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    • 31 March 2017 08:09, by john akeen

      Hahahahaha he doesn’t like you too, he want you to go burn yourself with hot oil so that way you won’t think about him anymore, the only thing you gonna think about is the burn that is on your boy for life that way you can be free without thinking about him only about yourself.did that helps you my president hater

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      • 31 March 2017 08:21, by john akeen

        Hey guys there is a beautiful man in the bushes just called president Kiir ugly, hahahahaha so please you need to comout from the bushes beautiful so you can get some kiss umma

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      • 31 March 2017 09:01, by Believe in Truth

        Kush, you are such an imbacile person alway hiding the truth in depense of your uncle Kiir!! What is wrong with someone hate this so called cow boy without brain on his head??

        If people of South Sudan are not allow to challenges Kiir or his government, then on change will comes!!!

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        • 31 March 2017 10:10, by Believe in Truth

          Correction: I am adressing this comment to John akeen not Kush!

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        • 31 March 2017 11:57, by Kush Natives

          Believe in Truth,
          I know, I saw my name there on your comment. Sometimes, thing happened, when you’re writing while thinking more than one thing, that’s I didn’t rush interfere with your show.

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    • 31 March 2017 16:26, by Chong Thow

      Mr.President kiir you think you will next election. Do you? How do you think about country right now? Is it in good shape or bad? I think you are not going to win this election for two reasons.Examples
      a reprehensible tyrant, who oppressed his country for decades, has finally been brought to justice.
      your behavior towards the this country was truly reprehensible, so you’re being suspended from the

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  • 31 March 2017 08:38, by Dengda

    @ all
    I will not comment specially to any comment, but comment generally comment. I remember in 2012, when some one with his name held or better go for your own research , told the public that, South Sudan fought hard and won independent but they don’t know what to do with the land they fought so hard and lost many lives. Is it not the case now? We don’t know what to do with our country South Suda

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    • 31 March 2017 08:51, by Dengda

      Please, correct some of the errors I made for your follow reading.
      To continues, South Sudanese fought and think fighting is the way forward.

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  • 31 March 2017 09:19, by Kat Cok

    Campaign group are tying to destroy the remaining in South Sudan. Where are political detainees? Did they mean those who stole the money and forged the signature of the president?

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    • 31 March 2017 10:51, by Theallseeingeye

      Kat Cok
      what about people like Dak, Did they still money forge the president signature too?

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  • 31 March 2017 10:55, by Hen B

    Dear viewers
    Its not individual problem but its our own problem (people of South) no chance is given to another person to try his or her best level, we can’t blame our president or rebel leader but we blame the idears given we are using to manager our country.

    Say something that community can benefit and can change personality of a person.

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  • 31 March 2017 11:50, by Kush Natives

    "Campaign group calls for the release of political detainees in S. Sudan" I agreed with this an idea of releasing all those inmates from the jail! If they "prisoners" want to go and join the rebel, let them get out of there! Otherwise, there’s reason for letting them die in vain. My problem is only with an armed rebels, not un armed ones.

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  • 31 March 2017 12:11, by Eastern

    The National Security (internal security beaurau) I worked in more than two years go is not what so at work today. We use to take tea and play pool while we gathered and shared information. Today, Kiir, will just summon Isaac Mamur to J1 and get the chain smoker from Afex Riverside Camp to come and brief him on what’s happening in Gurei or Munuki Mia Saba.....!

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  • 31 March 2017 16:11, by Theallseeingeye

    Guys check this
    Aweil governor asks UNMISS to renovate Wau-Aweil road "https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/aweil-governor-asks-unmiss-renovate-wau-aweil-road". I don’t know what is wrong with our Gov. sometimes I feel ashamed on their behalf. how come a Gov of an entire country just keep bagging on humanitarians institutions do carry out and perform what them suppose to do>?!!??! shame on us Wala

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    • 31 March 2017 19:06, by jubaone

      That is why we insist that the UN could just take over the SS as a protectorate. If we are being fed, financed, taken care of at worst "cleaning our butts" for this "baby nation" what else us left? Kiir wants SS only as n excuse for looting without SS no aid. But what do we expect from tailless monkeys, bananas perhaps 🍌?

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  • 31 March 2017 17:12, by Nyesi Ta

    The national day of prayer called for by Kiir al A Kiir has turned out to be a mockery for God. The idiot called the prayer for reconciliation and forgiveness but in reality it wasn’t. If the idiot is serious it wouldn’t be the campaign group to call for the release of the political detainees other than him to order the release of all of the men and women who were arbitrarily innocently arrested.

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  • 31 March 2017 20:55, by Eastern

    Kiir wants UN to fo what he’s failed to as a president!

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