07/31/2018

Urgent Action: DETAINED ACTIVIST DENIED ACCESS TO A LAWYER (South Sudan: UA 143.18)


Peter Biar Ajak, a prominent South Sudanese academic and activist, was arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) at Juba International Airport on Saturday 28 July. He is being held at the NSS Headquarters in Juba. He has not been informed of the reason for his arrest and has thus far been denied access to a lawyer.

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Peter Biar Ajak, a prominent South Sudanese academic and activist, was arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) at Juba International Airport on Saturday 28 July. He is being held at the NSS Headquarters in Juba. He has not been informed of the reason for his arrest and has thus far been denied access to a lawyer.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on South Sudanese authorities to release Peter Biar Ajak or charge him with a recognizable criminal offence in accordance with international law and standards;
  • Calling on South Sudanese authorities to ensure that Peter Biar Ajak is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment while in detention;
  • Calling on them to ensure Peter Biar Ajak is granted regular access to his family, any healthcare he may require and a lawyer of his choice;
  • Urging them to comply with their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), particularly the obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the rights to freedom of association and expression.

Contact these two officials by 11 September, 2018:
President of the Republic of South Sudan
Salva Kiir Mayardit
Juba, South Sudan
Twitter: @RepSouthSudan
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ambassador Garang Diing Akuong,
Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan
1015 31st Street NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202 293 7940 I Fax: 202 293 7941
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: http://www.southsudanembassyusa.org/contact/
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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