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South Sudan releases 24 prisoners: Red Cross

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The National Security facility in Juba, also known as the Blue House (Radio Eye photo)
October 20, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday.

The Red Cross, which is agreed by the peace parties as the supervisor of the release of detainees and prisoners of war, pointed that this operation was the first releases of prisoners under its control following the signing of the revitalized peace agreement.

"Our role in this week’s releases was to first ensure that all detainees were handed over voluntarily and that they had the opportunity to confidentially share their concerns," said François Stamm, the head of ICRC in South Sudan.

Stamm, however, didn’t provide the details of the operation but said they transported the former detainees to different parts of the country when necessary and they examined the detainees’ health condition and make sure they are fit to travel.

The government and the opposition groups did not reveal the names of those who are released on Friday but different sources said they didn’t include SPLM-IO leading members who are still in jail.

In accordance with the revitalized agreement, the release of detainees and PoWs should intervene "immediately" the signing of the peace agreement. Also, President Kiir ordered their release in a decree issued on 27 September.

The ICRC said it regularly visits detainees in the places where they are being held in order to monitor their conditions and treatment.

Further, the humanitarian group said they discuss " in a confidential way" the conditions of detention with the penitentiary and security authorities when needed.

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  • 21 October 10:03, by Kush Natives

    What did SPLM-IO said? I thought they (IO) we’re talking about the releases of the pow, regardless of who they’re. Why are they doubting? Are they now finger pointing at one person to be released or what’s the issue here? They IO should be patience here, this is just a first step towards out all releases. There’s no system that will let the government released all the prisoners just like birds in

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    • 21 October 10:03, by Kush Natives

      - the cages!

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      • 21 October 12:43, by Malakal county Simon

        Kush Native

        Are you a retarded or slow? The SPLM-IO has clearly demanded as it was part of the signed peace that those Gatdet, Dong Luak, and Idriss must be release first before the realisation of the peace!! If not, and than stop beating around the bush.... J1 2016 will not repeat itself again!!

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    • 21 October 10:58, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Kush or whatever, you must be stupid. Political detainees and POW are known by both sides. If those detained for political reasons or related to are not among those released, then who is the government cheating here? to remind you, I’m not an IO supporter but we must be honest to ourselves for that matter. Where is Dong Samuel, Biar Ajak, Peter Gadet etc? We are all stakeholders in this peace!!!

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      • 21 October 11:34, by Kush Natives

        Rumbek S. Sudan,
        You’re typically applying the villages system whereby everyone can be freed the same day in court when you still the girl or attacked the cattle camp. No, the government have a system unlike what you think. The different between you and I had shown here idiot. Those are not the birds, they’re people, therefore, they’re released when their needs are meet.

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  • 21 October 13:22, by Games

    They are drugs dealers they released from the detentions centre. The propers detents politicians are all still in Jails

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