22 Jan 2019


CEPO Welcomes Release Of Detained Colleagues By Armed Opposition

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) in Wau State has officially welcomed the reunion of the three members of the civil society organization that were last week released by the SPLA in Opposition.

CEPO Welcomes Release Of Detained Colleagues By Armed Opposition
Wau State CEPO Coordinator, Stephen Robo [Gurtong file photo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 19 January 2018 [Gurtong]-
Last week, the armed in opposition released three members belonging to the civil society organization of Unity Cultural Development Centre including its Executive Director Mr. Angelo Bencencio, Anthony Jabakhana and Natali Arkangelo Bandas who were held by the rebels since last year.

The three activists were handed over to the International Committee for Red Cross by the rebels before being reunited with their families last week.

Speaking to Gurtong, Wau State CEPO Coordinator, Stephen Robo called on all parties to the agreement on Cessation of Hostilities to commit themselves and release every person under any detention in connection to the on-going conflict in South Sudan.

 “On behalf of CEPO in Wau, we would like to acknowledge that one of our colleague, Executive Director for Unity Development Centre and his colleague; we have been informed that they have been released. Actually they were being held in the rebel’s control area since last year and we have been officially informed by IRC that they have been released and reunited with their families,” said Robo.

“For us it is a very good move and its highly appreciated in line with the cessation of hostilities. They key article 9 which talks about the release of all political detainees, prisoners of war and persons who have relationships with the on-going conflict if arrested or under detention, they should be released. So this is a positive move from the side of the armed opposition, we encourage that the same spirit continues with all parties that signed the agreement,” he said.

Last week, the South Sudan armed opposition (SPLM-IO) leader Riek Machar released a statement ordering the release of war prisoners in the rebel-controlled- areas, pointing the move as part of the cessation of hostilities agreement reached in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in December 2017.


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