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South Sudan’s CTSAMVM is not responsible for political detainees: government


Former SPLM-IO Governor of Kapoeta, Mrko Lokidor Lochapio (second L) after his release with 4 other prisoners outside the Blue House in Juba on 25 oct 2018 (ST Photo)
October 30, 2018 (JUBA) - The S. Sudan government consider that the release of political detainees is not the responsibility of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) according to a report released on Tuesday.

On 24 October 2018, the CTSAMVM discussed the issue of political detainees in its third Technical Committee (CTC) meeting in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

The release of the "Prisoners of War (PoWs) and detainees" is provided in the second chapter on the permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangements of the revitalized peace agreement, (article 2.1.6).

Nonetheless, the South Sudanese government representative in the meeting stated that the CTC should differentiate between political detainees and PoWs.

"He noted that the political detainees are not the responsibility of CTSAMVM and releasing them may be perceived as a compromise to their judiciary," stated the report.

The article 2.1.6 provides "Prisoners of War (PoWs) and detainees shall be released immediately under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)".

On Thursday 25 October 2018, the South Sudanese authorities released five political detainees without the supervision of the Red Cross.

Also, Juba still imprisons a number of political detainees including James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of the SPLM/A-IO leader.

The senior representative for the SPLM/A-IO "expressed a concern for political detainees and demanded their release," says the CTC in its report.

For his part, the representative for the FDs stated that all detainees should be released indiscriminately as a show of goodwill.

Also, the senior representative for the SSOA rejected the restrictive interpretation of the article 2.1.6 and stated this issue is related to security. Furthermore, he said willing to provide the names of those abducted by SPLM/A-IO.


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  • 31 October 2018 01:09, by One people

    That is true; "CTSAMVM" has no right to speak about any political detainees or to even get closer to any prisoners issue in SS.They only have a right to speak about any Ceasefire Violation, not prisoners.IOs are trying to be slick by telling lies about they have only 4 political prisoners and they have been released. "No IOs" You can’t tell us you been fighting for all of those 5yrs and you>>

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    • 31 October 2018 01:34, by One people

      capture only 4 prisoners of war. Y’all need to tell the truth about y’all did capture more than 4, but the rest got murdered by y’all.Peace is about truth and not about lies. you see how our gov’s are telling the truth, about which IO got captured and who is in prison.That is how the true peace works.. Please, no more SPLA Oyee in public, SPLA Oyee should only be in the military bases or at warzon

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    • 31 October 2018 01:49, by choldit

      The IO released its PoWs. Why it is so hard for the rogue regime in Juba to do the same?

      The ironic things is that Dr Machar thinks it is okay to go to Juba. One wonder what indicative of peace he is seeing.

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      • 31 October 2018 07:11, by Pakuai

        Knows this, when the SPLA signed the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) in 2005 with your cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Dr. John Garang ordered the SPLA to release the ’prisoners of war (POWs), of which over 6,000 POWs were released. North Sudan was asked to release the POWs they have captured during the 20 years we have been fighting them>>>>

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        • 31 October 2018 07:19, by Pakuai

          the north, Sudan your ally released none. North was supposed to be the one having ’higher ground’ since it was the government. But all the South Sudanese people knew that "Arabs don’t keep prisoners of wars (POWs). Many of you Nuers ’ke nyantoc’ fools love your cloned arabs of North Sudan. ’they always give free food, weapons, free medicines and others’ and when you fools are always>>>

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          • 31 October 2018 07:28, by Pakuai

            question about your relationship with our arch enemy, then you traitors give the South Sudanese people "answer that you were working for the independence of South Sudan"!!! Really our Nuer kenyantoc, really!!!. We have killed your Riek Machar in 2016 in Juba. Our Nuers ke nyantoc, your lawlessness is our people’s snag to progress. Your have been used by our arch enemy, our cloned so-called>>>

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            • 31 October 2018 07:36, by Pakuai

              arabs North Sudan to always play game with our people’s progress and you fools cannot understand this because, you bunch of fools believe in your *Ngundeng fantasies*. ’Our Nuers ke nyantoc’ We don’t like white people here in our country. Your Riek Machar went and study *magic at university of Bradford*, ask the university of Bradford to "give the South Sudanese people" his>>>

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              • 31 October 2018 07:47, by Pakuai

                theses/dissertations and you not find get the. Our Nuers ke nyantoc fools. You are behind the Jaangs/Dinkas by thousand years. Every time South Sudanese would to move ahead, then you fools bring us back. Our Nuers ’ke nyantoc’ game is over. We will never ever welcome *the evil juus (so-called israelis, white Americans, English people, your cloned arabs of North Sudan,>>>

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                • 31 October 2018 07:53, by Pakuai

                  their gulf Arab states, paymasters, their Abesh (so-called ethiopia)>>>>

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                  • 31 October 2018 11:19, by Malakal county Simon


                    When will you accept to have what’s you called indepensent of South Sudan today of Nuer??

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  • 31 October 2018 09:43, by Games

    Look at you right now, you are claiming that you have won the war against Nuer, while it were actually M7 and his allies fighting the war. You are nothing without Nuer. Let us work together for the better for our children.

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