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South Sudan activist found beaten into a "coma" after disappearance


July 8, 2012 (JUBA) - The Chairperson of South Sudan’s Civil Society
Alliance, Deng Athuai, who is a prominent anti-corruption and human rights activist, was on Saturday found by the side of a road in Juba tied in a sack and severely beaten, according to military sources.

Police forces on a monitoring mission in Lakes State’s Cueibet County, 7 July 2012 (ST)

A military intelligence source told Sudan Tribune that Athuai was found "crying inside sack along the road side” between Kabur-tit and Gumba forest by the South Sudan security services.

Athuai is reported to have been taken to Juba Teaching Hospital and is in a "coma", according to a nurse who did not wish to be named,

“Athuai is suffering for internal wounds in his stomach, head, eye, feet and throat”, the nurse told Sudan Tribune.

The executive director of the Civil Society Alliance, Biel Boutros Biel told South Sudan Radio on Friday that Athuai had disappeared after leaving his residence at Beach Hotel in Juba on Wednesday.

Boutros, who heads the South Sudan Human Rights Advocacy Association (SSHRAA), said that he suspected that his colleague, who has instrumental in anti-corruption campaigning and other issues, had been kidnapped. He refused to speculate over who could be responsible.

Athuai was among the activists that marched to South Sudan’s parliament demanding the government publish the names of the officials alleged to have stolen a total of $4 billion since 2005.

South Sudan celebrates it’s first year as an independent nation on Monday 9 July, having voted to seceded from Sudan after decades of civil war. Greater human rights, better governance, freedom of expression and association were among the causes the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) stated as it’s aims during the 1983-2005 conflict.

The SPLA is now South Sudan’s official army, while the SPLM is the country’s ruling party. Corruption, human rights abuses and insecurity are some of the major internal issues facing the young nation.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir wrote to 75 senior officials on 3 May asking them to return stolen money.

"We fought for freedom, justice and equality," President ’Kiir’s letter reads. "Yet, once we got to power, we forgot what we fought for and began to enrich ourselves at the expense of our people."

Human Rights Watch and other groups are taking the opportunity of South Sudan’s first independence anniversary to urge the SPLM to mark the occasion by freeing all unlawfully detained prisoners, guaranteeing freedom of speech, and accelerating ratification of key international human rights treaties.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and others of called on Juba to take steps to ensure that security forces are held accountable for human rights abuses.

Major General Mac Paul, the deputy director of military intelligence for South Sudan, told Sudan Tribune that he did not know what had happened to Athuai.


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  • 9 July 2012 06:59, by Waucity

    I would say nuer did it...These people are evil..They did it.

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    • 9 July 2012 07:14, by katnyokarieu

      Waucity. It is unknown suspect .it is neither nuer nor gogrial thugs still un confirm.

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    • 9 July 2012 08:13, by Loko El Pollo


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    • 9 July 2012 08:51, by Ruach

      Wau Rubbish.Don’t point your fingers to Nuer.You are killing yourselves in Cueibet and big town and Nuer are trying to rescue u in the border areas.Nuer don’t know to murder the people!We can kill any person on broad light period with evidences!Blame only ur selves and we are defending our land and celebrating this important Ngundeng dream!

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  • 9 July 2012 07:27, by George Bol

    Mayol Kuc was murder in the Jonglei last month, Deng Athuai was almost murder in Juba, and many countless killing in most of towns are the sign of jealousy and selfishness. The SPLM of today hate people have skills and knowledge plus those who have little bit of live. Too bad for us! What are the laws that should prevent such as kind of act? Sad to heard backward? Too bad

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  • 9 July 2012 07:27, by Don P

    The corrupt thieves are trying to send a message that this shall be our fate if we puruse them. Fail. This will only make the rest of us hunt them down even more.

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    • 9 July 2012 08:13, by Xeno


      Its us, the citizens of SS who should be blamed for the behaviors of those thugs acting indiscriminately against innocent peopel. If we don’t support those theives at tribal levels, where will they go to find support? Its becoz they know some idiots from their tribes will stand up for them when the Govt prosecute them.

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  • 9 July 2012 09:08, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    We better to leave the issue of 4b stolen, because the government was formed by the thieves in Juba,they are 1- Bush thieves 2- Diasporas thieves 3- Khartoum Thieves 4-East Africa thieves plus those who integrated themselves by force in to the army and they don’t know how to write and write,
    If it’s not a government of thieves why illiterates’ generals are being kept in the

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  • 9 July 2012 10:59, by Crazy World

    I call it Arabic,de way we’re goin; where doez de issue of Nuer & Dinka, Gogrial, Aweil, Bor, Cuibet come here?
    That showz how a rotten set of youth is comin up, am sorry If this offends U.

    Like de fuckin Arabs descriminate, U re here Dinka, Nuer, Ngunydeng etc what a shame.
    The fact here iz our heroes, the illiterate Generals are no different from de NCP/SAF generals in North;
    wake up youths,

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  • 9 July 2012 12:05, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Deng Athuai, I wish you quick recovery, although heavily wounded. This is another incident in which South Sudan has imported Arab Sudan mentality n way of doing things. This is silencing voices for a cause! Corruption fight is under serious life threats! Never give up colleagues. President Kiir, I don’t think if any South Sudanese will cast his next vote for you if this truce of human rights conti

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  • 10 July 2012 04:55, by never

    where is Athuei from?
    Kiir is a one of those people who steal money! i wonder if he write a letter to himself during the time he was sending out letters to those 75 ministers. Athuei to belame for his death, because it’s difficult to investigate the government! Bhar gz with food, Achuel Manoldit has participart of killing this guy. we all aware that in s. sudan,Kiir will be adictator very soon.

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  • 11 July 2012 06:22, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    As top to bottom is corrupted ,there is no power to do it. Corruption is been practice by Garang group during refugee Time. Garang was killing educated people that convience him of new ideas. He run movement with uneducated who were easily fool to killed anyone with new ideas. we rebel due to mistreamnet by Arab Settlers in sudan. Hard to admit corruption,due to lack of Nation job experiences.

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