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Abolish law on death penalty, body tells S. Sudan MPs


February 17, 2018 (JUBA) - The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), a South Sudanese human rights body, has urged lawmakers the raise a motion calling for abolition of the death penalty from the country’s transitional constitution.

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South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on 31 August 2011 (AFP)

In a statement, CPJ’s executive director, Tito Anthony said lawmakers needed to be pushed to ensure the death penalty is scrapped off.

“Rights to life are one of inalienable and inherent rights that cannot be terminate or restricted, at any time and place or for any reasons,” said Tito.

“People will not learn the lesson from what they have done if you just sentence them to death, you need to punish someone for at least years in jail so that the jailed person will be able to transform himself [or herself] to a better person once released,” he added.

According to Tito, a jail sentence is not to punish individuals, but meant to transform any arrested person to a better person in society.

A South Sudan court on Monday sentenced the former spokesman of the rebel leader, Riek Machar to death, citing multiple provisions in the constitution as the basis upon which the verdict was reached.

Dak was facing several charges, including accusations of treason, several months after was unlawfully transferred from Kenya to South Sudan in November 2016. He spent over seven months in solitary confinement before finally being charged with abetment, treason, publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to South Sudan, and undermining the authority of or insulting President Salva Kiir

The lead-defence lawyer in the case, Monyluak Alor Kuol described the verdict as a political decision.

"I do call on president kiir not to sign the death warrant of James Gatdet, for it a political case that can be handle with the peace Revitalization, in fact Gatdet should be release be now as to show government commitment to Cession of Hostilities Agreement," said CPJ’s executive director.


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  • 18 February 10:47, by Jubaa5

    2 separate armies is important at moment because it needs screening of the rebels and that of goverment army.
    You canot joining 2 armies together right away,it doesent make sense. Some soldiers need counselling and trainning before joining national army. some are criminals ,some are sick and some are old. separate army at least one year.It needs selections ,The whole of south sudan how many

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    • 19 February 08:43, by Jongo

      You are absolutely right we need not only two army rather than 64 army each tribe must have it’s own armies Thanks to God Equatoria is unified under one regular army called Equatoria Army, wait to see the real dirty war ahead, Jenge already had one as well as white army of Nuer & Cobra of Morley, Good idea I like that

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  • 18 February 12:31, by Habibi

    Didn’t read the whole article, but I am generally against the death penalty. There is always the possibility of people being innocent and yes, it happened multiple times when the accused murderers were found to be innocent after capital punishment. Capital punishment does not deter crime, look at crime stats in US compared to EU countries... I hope south sudan abolishes capital punishment and that

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    • 18 February 14:50, by Redeemer

      why the life of Dak is more important than those hundreds who died in J1 because of him thousands who died from 2016-date because of his hand made war, that is the beginning of justice that we are crying for. The rest from Kiir and Riek camps must follow too

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      • 18 February 14:56, by Redeemer

        Tito should know that it is not time to discipline those who cause death to others in prisons, they must face the same death

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  • 19 February 13:29, by Lino Ayieny Bol Thuckuei

    I strongly disagree with the death penalty being passed by court justice because killing only will not bring peace to South Sudanese.
    additionally, even ringleaders are supposed to be fired in order to consolidate peace and stability in the country.

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