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Amnesty decries targeting of civil society and officials in South Sudan

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The National Security facility in Juba, also known as the Blue House (Radio Eye photo)
August 1, 2020 (JUBA) - Amnesty International decried the continued violation of human rights and the targeting of civil society groups and officials by the South Sudanese security apparatus.

The international group raised the situation of human rights defenders in South Sudan and some other countries in a statement before the 66th ordinary session of African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) on Thursday 30 July.

"The National Security Service (NSS) continues to systematically harass and target real or perceived critics of government including civil society members, journalists, private sector employees and senior government officials through arbitrary and unlawful arrest and prolonged detentions," reads the statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

The statement underlined the arrest of Moses Monday, Executive Director of the Organization for Non-violence and Development (ONAD) on 16 June when this group and others demanded financial accountability and transparency in South Sudan.

"He was arrested in relation to a billboard that the coalition had put up in the capital Juba as part of their “Where is the Money?” campaign," said Amnesty.

The activist was released without charge nine days after his arbitrary detention on 25 June 2020.

Also, the South Sudanese security service arrested Kanybil Noon, a Board Member for Strategic Defence and Security Review Board (SDSR) of the revitalized peace agreement on 29 May 2020 and he is still under detention at the Blue House in Juba.

Late in 2019, the NSS charged Noon with defamation and filed a case against him after the writings on Facebook where he criticised Akol Koor the head of the security apparatus and an open letter addressed to President Kiir claiming that his aides and senior officials were incompetent and corrupt.

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  • 2 August 12:11, by Koryom2

    These creeps behind amnesty or civil societies ’must give South Sudanese people a break’. Their love affairs with our country and our people has gone too far. Honestly, Mr. Salva Kiir and Mr. Akol Koordit are not the real people who control the 12 million South Sudanese people 24/7. Yes, Mr. Salva Kiir has let our country and people be chess game or football played by even low lives we can just>>>

    • 2 August 12:21, by Koryom2

      walkover in a matter n a week or two. Our country was not given to us by *the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus (so-called israel) attack dog or the IGAD or the African Union (the AU). Mr. Salva Kiir and our low lowly informed advisors have been constantly informed since since 2012. That our country and our people have pretty much coveted by some evils in *in the US, the UK,>>>>

  • 3 August 02:02, by Mayendit

    It is time for African human rights and the international community to make sure those responsible in South Sudan must faces a punishable by all account. The nation grows through business people and freedom of speech, expression unfortunately, the President Salva Kiir Mayardit, vice President Riek Machar Teny and the internal chief general Akol Koor Kuc are killing important people like Kerubino W

  • 3 August 02:12, by Mayendit

    The press Secretary of the President Salva Kiir Mayardit was trying to deny the fact that, the President was aware his Son in law Akol Koor Kuc ordered the security in Rumbek to killed business man Kerbino Wol Agok and his friend together with his wife from Agar community. According to one of the national security member, Peter Kuol Fidel Majok Mabior Gak told Akol Koor Kuc to get written of Wol

  • 3 August 02:12, by Mayendit

    The press Secretary of the President Salva Kiir Mayardit was trying to deny the fact that, the President was aware his Son in law Akol Koor Kuc ordered the security in Rumbek to killed business man Kerbino Wol Agok and his friend together with his wife from Agar community. According to one of the national security member, Peter Kuol Fidel Majok Mabior Gak told Akol Koor Kuc to get written of Wol

  • 3 August 02:26, by Mayendit

    We would like African human rights and the international community to stand up with South Sudanese people, because the innocent civilians are dying daily basis and the President Kiir is not taking action which means he has agree with that killing. Peter Kuol Fidel Majok Mabior Gak had cooperate with general Akol Koor Kuc so that, the business man Kerbino Wol Agok got killed in the name of rebel.

  • 3 August 02:37, by Mayendit

    We would like to see a strong sanction on the chief of national security general Akol Koor Kuc, Peter Kuol Fidel Majok Mabior, president Kiir Mayardit, his press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny, President’s niece Mr Tor Deng Mawien. The killing of business man Kerbino Wol proven beyond that, the people who are working in the government have no vision for the country and people.



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