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Amnesty welcomes presidential pardon of two prominent detainees in South Sudan


President Salva Kiir signs the Declaration of Agreement in Khartoum on 27 June 2018 (Photo Kamal Omer)
November 1, 2018 (JUBA) - Amnesty International Thursday welcomed the release of James Gatdet Dak spokesperson of SPLM-IO leader and a South African military expert William Endley both had been sentenced to death by special South Sudanese courts earlier this year.

Speaking at a celebration for the signing of the revitalized peace agreement on Wednesday 31 October 2018, President Salva Kiir announced the pardon of Dak and Endley both sentenced to death On 12 and 23 February 2018 respectively.

“The pardoning of James Gatdet and William Endley comes as a relief to all who cherish human rights and abhor the death penalty, but more needs to be done," said Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Joan Nyanyuki.

Nyanyuki further called on the South Sudanese government to commute all death sentences and "get on the right side of history by abolishing this ultimate cruel form of punishment".

In line with the peace agreement, the parties have to release all the prisoners of war and political detainees but the South Sudanese authorities said Dak was sentenced to death and his case was not covered by the presidential amnesty issued on 27 September.

Amnesty further questioned the responsibility of the Kenyan authorities in the case of James Dak who was deported from Nairobi by the Kenyan security services and handed over to Juba on 3 November 2016.

Amnesty said the Kenyan government has to investigate the case of Dak who was a refugee and take action against those who put his life at grave risk.

“The Kenyan authorities have a duty to ensure the safety of all those in its territory, including refugees. It must always uphold their rights under international law,” said Joan Nyanyuki.

The spokesperson of the SPLM-IO leader had issued a statement welcoming the outcome of a UN report on the UNMISS failure to protect civilians during the clashes that took place in Juba in July 2016.

The report said that the commander of UNMISS forces who was a Kenyan military failed to take the security measures required in such a situation. Following what, the UN chief relieved him from his position.

President Salva Kiir ordered to deport the South African military expert to his country directly.

Endley was arrested after the fighting in Juba in July 2016. He was a military expert recruited to advise on the preparation and integration of the rebel fighters into the national army after the return of their leader to Juba in April 2016.


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  • 2 November 2018 10:38, by Kush Natives

    Definitely this peace will hold water, since believable characters are surfacing through such peace unlike the other ones. We should all be honest with ourselves this time. Mr. President of the republic of South Sudan is on right track. The man has gone through undeniable tough time, accepting 5 vps and releasing all the serial killers. If any one out there still doubting this peace, then he/she n

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    • 2 November 2018 10:49, by Kush Natives

      - need to see the doctor period. Time to rebuild what we destroyed. Although few monkeys and 🐀 out there who’re still wishing this blessed country to sink, nation building must start now. Let’s all declared war on corruption and move on with developmental project. Time to start modern technology and 🚧 our highways across the country. Let South Sudanese modernized their agriculture so that we stop

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      • 2 November 2018 10:55, by Kush Natives

        - relying on oil. We must think outside the 🚪. We must as well declared war hunger, because without food sufficient, no country or society can prosper. Let’s honored this peace so that the next or future generations to come is saved.

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        • 2 November 2018 15:53, by Pakuai

          Kush Natives,
          Unless you have not watch or listened to Mr. Riek Machar whole speech:http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/960937339?-21266:8599 The man has nothing on his head. His speech was all about nothing to do with the genuine peace in our country but was all about bringing back the UN, NGOs, the so-called regional protection force (RPF) & the international community to come & mess up again>>>

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          • 2 November 2018 15:59, by Pakuai

            with our country & our people. These foreign puppets/stooges are going to repeat the same mistake of bring the foreign powers like what they did right our independence. When they were correctly informed about the dangers of the UN, UN troops & the NGOs messing up countries. Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe, Majak Agoot & Thomas Cirillo are signed our country to foreign interest>

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            • 2 November 2018 16:04, by Pakuai

              groups----which the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs (UN NEW WORLD ORDER government) to be experimented right here on South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. Many lowly informed South Sudanese just shout about peace, peace, peace when they don’t exactly what is really behind this so-called peace. Have they even read the whole document about this so-called peace>>>>

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              • 2 November 2018 16:11, by Pakuai

                Yes everybody is desperate for peace but not a peace in which our country would be the UN & NGOs EXPERIMENTAL ground. Tell me which country on earth has ever been developed by the UN & the NGOs? None whatsoever. DR Congo is a glaring example. Since 1960th, the UN & the NGOs have never ever left DR Congo & Congo still remains a big mess despite having a lot of resources and water. And this is>>>

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                • 2 November 2018 16:15, by Pakuai

                  what the US, the UK, the UK, their UN & NGOs want to extend right here into South Sudan. The kind of politicians and the lowly informed South Sudanese population are very very foolish. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & regional countries were the ones negotiating themselves back into our country and over our people again---it was nothing to do with the South Sudanese people real peace fellows

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                  • 2 November 2018 16:21, by Pakuai

                    For those of us in the know----this is what the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs and their UNIMISS peacekeeping troops are up to, that the UN, NGOs government take over South Sudan and the people from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), North Sudan, the US, the UK and others would come and be employed by them on a disguise of technocrats or experts>>>

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                    • 2 November 2018 16:25, by Pakuai

                      and poor and foolish South Sudanese would just be shipped free UN sorghum and allow to remain in those filthy UN so-called compounds since they are too lazy to farm their own food and the whole South Sudan would be raped by the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their creepy allies. And most of our foolish South Sudanese who are shout peace peace peace which they don’t really what kind of peace>>>

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                      • 2 November 2018 16:32, by Pakuai

                        the idiots are talking about. A grand sinister project has long since been design for our country & our people by some creepy our fools often called our real allies. That Kakuma refugee camp, Northern Uganda, UN POC sites in Juba, Wau, Bentiu, Leer, Malakal, Akoba and Maban country are going to be made shanty towns and all the people living in those shanty towns would be bio-metrically registered>

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                        • 2 November 2018 16:38, by Pakuai

                          by the UN & the NGOs like what has been done in Darfur and they would be given debit or ATM-like cards. And the UN & the NGOs government would be depositing a few dollars into those cards. And some rich people in the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs or even people like Mr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo or anyone in Africa with money would buy some shares with the UN & the NGOs and some>>>.

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                          • 2 November 2018 16:44, by Pakuai

                            specific shops would be established to use those debit or ATM like cards. And the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs oil for food business https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/iraq-oil-food-scandal
                            can begin in our country. This is the whole sinister scheme the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their allies>>>>

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                            • 2 November 2018 16:49, by Pakuai

                              all these years against our country and over our people. Most of our politicians just don’t even know this sinister project. Riek Machar & Pagan Amuom know all these. But they don’t care trust me. This UN NEW WORLD ORDER government experiment has been long been started in Darfur, Gaza strip, Jordan with Syrian refugees, Lebanon with Iraqi refugees, Pakistan with Afghan refugees>>>

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                              • 2 November 2018 16:55, by Pakuai

                                and they want to extend it to Abyei, Southern Khardufan, Southern blue Nile, South Sudan & Gambella region. In South America, they want experiment the NEW WORLD ORDER government in Honduras, Guatemala, Venezuela, Nicaragua and other other countries. Those shanty towns, caravan parks or refugees camps would be ran by the UN & the NGOs and good from rich would taken there to be made by those poor>>>

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                                • 2 November 2018 17:00, by Pakuai

                                  and foolish people at slave labor. I have been threaten by some criminals behind this dirty scams all the times. But tell the truth to our foolish South Sudanese and they will ignore it but would later regret it when it already too late. I will be damned if some of our fools pandering for the UN & the NGOs government in our country would be the first to throw tantrums like babies later that the>>

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                                  • 2 November 2018 17:06, by Pakuai

                                    US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their so-called UNIMISS took over their villages like what they have already done in Gambella region, Nanyuki and Laikipia in central Kenya, parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, most of South Africa or Namibia. But as far as we are concerned, not a single Dinkas/Monyjiengs land would be again occupied by a white American, English person, a cloned so-called arab

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                                    • 2 November 2018 17:11, by Pakuai

                                      of North Sudan, gulf gulf Arab states, Abesha (so-called ethiopia) or a bantus person. We keep telling our lowly informed South Sudanese fools that the reasons as to why their US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies are so fixated on our country & our people is because they love our foolish people----it is simply because the evils covet our country for our resources, lands,>>>

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                                      • 2 November 2018 17:17, by Pakuai

                                        our Nile waters and of course to fight China’s present in our country by proxy. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies in between are obsess with our country & our people because they also want our country & our foolish fools to be always their expendable and strategic fools. But as far as We are concerned, if the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies>>>

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                                        • 2 November 2018 17:22, by Pakuai

                                          think that our country would be like their over sea’s protectorate and our people to be like their over sea’s subjects or slaves. Then I would be damned if there would not be shoot out between the UN, the UNIMISS & NGOs pretty much soon. The evil Corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far>>>>

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                                          • 2 November 2018 17:27, by Pakuai

                                            and it must be stopped. Our country & our people are not parts of their damned so-called ANGLO-AMERICA terrorist empire, never has and will never ever be. The evils were given the first priority over all other countries to come & invest in our right our country’s independence, but they flatly refused citing lack of infrastructures in our country to come & invest in them. But their real dirty>>>

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                                            • 2 November 2018 17:31, by Pakuai

                                              game was to use our country and foolish people as their front line people to fight China by proxy just like they have done in countries like DR Congo in the past, Angola, Mozambique and now Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Mali, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan or Ukraine. Fellows, watch this space.

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