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Rights body demands release of former S. Sudan army chief

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October 27, 2017 (JUBA) – The Center for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has called for unconditional release of South Sudan’s former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan and the other political figures being detained in the young nation.

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S Sudan’s President Salva Kiir is received by former Chief of General Staff of the SPLA Paul Malong Awan at the airport in Juba March 6, 2015 (Reuters)

CPJ’s coordinator, Tito Anthony urged authorities to respect individual freedoms as it is stated in the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan.

He claims Awan, who was sacked by the president in May, was unlawfully being detained in a manner that was unacceptable.

“The systematic violations of human rights by the President [Salva] Kiir and [first vice president] Taban Deng will have consequences,” said Tito, while adding that “They will have to account for their decisions”.

He says although Article 101 of the Constitution gives the president excessive powers, such powers, he insisted, shall not be misused for illegal detention of citizens without clear explanations in the court.

The right body urged the South Sudan leader to respect the rights of the country’s citizens to exercise their freedoms and liberties as provided for in the Bill of Rights.

The ex-army chief was one of the three officials sanctioned by the United States administration last month for undermining peace, security and stability in the country.

The sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker said, implied freezing assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions, banning them from travelling to the U.S and preventing Americans from doing business with them.

The nearly four-year conflict in South Sudan had killed tens of thousands of people and driven more than two million children out of the country, the United Nations says.

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  • 28 October 2017 08:38, by Sunday Junup

    Please Tito, leave this man who was king Paul but now Queen Paul to reap what he planted. Thieves are like that. By the way let me warn you that don’t do the same when time come for Taban and Kiir suffering

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  • 28 October 2017 08:44, by Kuch

    Tito Anthony,
    Be very careful uncle. Do not let your SUDAN TRIBUNE carry you away. ’No one has detained Paul Malongdit* we are here fools. We are back. And we are not going to live side by side with our so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, the US, the UK, their NGOs & some of their creeps in between. We are here fellows>>>

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  • 28 October 2017 09:24, by Wutkhor

    Thieves relations always end in disarray, let jieng detains themselves all in all the guy is guilty n deserve even life imprisonment but kiirminal doesn’t have right to arrest another culprits like him, anyway let me not waste my precious time due to Dinka’s insects thuggish activities.

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  • 28 October 2017 14:44, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Wutkhor:If we give you the leadership of the South Sudan today what will be your first priority? To Handcuffs all Dinka? Or should you circumise them all including those who are already circumised? (Ginnang ugin Jienge)
    The truth is this all Juba have been sealed, nowhere is 🔓 open for politicians due to their mischief accept heaven alone
    Is the only open spaces (Walai)

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