October 19, 2017

Urgent Action: Man Held In Poor Conditions, Denied Family Visits (South Sudan: UA 240.17)


James Gatdet, who was unlawfully transferred from Kenya, has been charged with several offenses among them ‘Treason’ which carries the death penalty, or life imprisonment. He is being held at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters under poor detention conditions. He has been denied visits from his lawyers and family since 15 September.

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James Gatdet, who was unlawfully transferred from Kenya, has been charged with several offenses among them ‘Treason’ which carries the death penalty, or life imprisonment. He is being held at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters under poor detention conditions. He has been denied visits from his lawyers and family since 15 September.

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

  • Calling on South Sudanese authorities to ensure that James Gatdet is granted access to adequate medical care, lawyers of their own choosing, and is allowed family visits;
  • Calling on them to initiate prompt, effective and impartial investigations into NSS detention practices, including enforced disappearances, deaths in custody, torture and other ill-treatment, to publicly disclose the findings, and to hold perpetrators accountable in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty;
  • Calling on them establish an official moratorium on executions with a view towards abolishing the death penalty.

Contact these two officials by 30 November 2017:
President of the Republic of South Sudan
Salva Kiir Mayardit
@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 2937940
Fax: 202 293 7941
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: http://www.southsudanembassyusa.org/contact/
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 240.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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