Monday November 20, 2017

End Arbitrary Detention of Former Governor in South Sudan

Former Governor, Elias Waya Nyipuoch

TORONTO – In an urgent action request presented by the Amnesty International, and seen by our correspondence, the body responsible for the human rights advocacy has voiced strongly a quick action to stop the arbitrary arrest and illegal detention of Elias Waya Nyipuoch, former governor of Wau state.

It has been three month from now that Elias Waya was arrested “on the morning of 26 June.”  Mr. Nyipuoch “has remained in detention at the Giyada military barracks in the capital Juba without charge or trial” read the letter.

“Elias Waya Nyipuoch, former governor of Wau state, was summoned to Juba by President Salva Kiir on 23 June and was relieved of his position as governor the following day. South Sudanese Military Police entered his residence in the Rock City neighbourhood of Juba on 26 June at 10am with a letter signed by the Chief of General Staff, Lt. General Paul Malong, ordering his arrest. The military police arrested Elias Waya Nyipuoch and detained him in a cell at Giyada military barracks in Juba, where he remains in detention.”

It shows series miss courage of justice in South Sudan that “Elias Waya Nyipuoch has not been informed of the reasons for his arrest. He has also not been charged with any offence, presented in court, or provided access to a lawyer” letter read.

The amnesty International appealed to all human rights’ bodies including the South Sudanese to take action immediately by calling and sending letters for the following reasons:

“Calling on the South Sudanese authorities to either immediately charge Elias Waya Nyipuoch with a recognizable offence and present him in court, or release him; Calling on them to ensure Elias Waya Nyipuoch has access to a lawyer; Calling on them to end arbitrary detention in the Giyada military barracks where Elias Waya Nyipuoch is currently being held” read the letter.

More than hundreds of people have been detained with no proper charges laid.  That brought south Sudan to abuse the legal system and continue to underserve the people in need of a just system where justice is served.  It IS also important that south Sudanese government adhere to international standard and bring to a quick halt of arbitrary arrest.  Such should amount to justice delayed is justice denied.




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