S.S Government Called Upon To Comply With Release Of Dong, Idri And Others

 
 
Press statement: South Sudan Human Rights Society
Juba, 23 January 2019
 
 
TWO YEARS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES: HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIETY CALLS AGAIN ON SOUTH SUDAN GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER DONG SAMUEL, AGGREY IDRI AND OTHER POLITICAL DETAINEES AND WAR PRISONERS
 
 
23 January 2019, marks 2 years when veteran South Sudanese human rights lawyer Dong Samuel Luak was abducted on 23 January 2017 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Dong is a former Secretary-General of South Sudan Law Society (SSLS). On 24 January 2017, Aggrey Idri, head of humanitarian wing of the armed opposition Movement; the SPLM/A-IO, was also abducted.  

Eye witnesses among the released former political detainees narrated accounts of having physically seen Dong and Idri at the South Sudan national security’s ‘Blue House’ in Juba, days after their abduction. Other sources have alleged that the two men were taken away from the Blue House in the night of 27 January 2017. Two years since their enforced disappearances, their families and general public still have no idea of their whereabouts.

In compliance with the provisions of the 2018 South Sudan’s revitalised Peace Agreement, SSHURSA calls on South Sudan government to show the whereabouts of the two men and releases them immediately. The two, like others still being held, satisfy to fall within the categories of detainees the Agreement spells out to be released immediately since September 2018 after the deal was signed.

Article 2.1.6 of Agreement states; prisoners of War (PoWs) and detainees shall be released immediately under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).  Article 9(2) of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities (ACoH) signed by the parties on 21 December 2017, also obliges the parties to release PoWs and Political Detainees immediately.  Articles 4, 7, 11 and others of the United Nations Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, 1992, oblige the UN member states to prevent, criminalise and resolve any cases of enforced disappearances.

South Sudan being a UN member must comply with these provisions and positively act to end such incidents.
 
Failure to release the remaining categories including Dong and Idri, is a violation of the Agreement. SSHURSA urges the government to adhere to its commitments and releases the two men and others still in detention. We stand in solidarity with Dong and Idri’s families and those still being held including Peter Abdulrahman Sule, General Elias Lino Jada and others who disappeared in Uganda since2015.
 

Contact us through E-mail: sshursa2007@gmail.com. Or visit our website at: www.sshursa1.org. 

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