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Ambassador Philip Jada Natana
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
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2MxNx4r
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
Your Excellency President Salva Kiir,
Ding Ding Mou, a South Sudanese staff member of the National Security Service (NSS), was arbitrarily arrested by the NSS in Juba on 31 May. He was first detained at the NSS headquarters, known as ‘Blue House’ for eight days before being transferred to the Riverside detention center – notorious for its extremely poor conditions and incidents of torture and other forms of ill-treatment – on 8 June.
Ding Ding Mou has been denied family visits and access to a lawyer. He has also not been informed of any charges against him.
Amnesty International has received credible reports that he is detained at Riverside detention center where he is being held in a small room described as a mosquito infested “cage” where he sleeps leaning on the wall and is forced to drink water from the toilet. Amnesty International is concerned that his health condition has deteriorated over the past month due to conditions of detention and there are concerns that he is not receiving the medical treatment he needs.
I urge you to ensure that Ding Ding Mou, is either charged with a recognizable criminal offense in accordance with international law and standards or is released immediately; ensure that Ding Ding Mou is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment while in detention; ensure that Ding Ding Mou is granted regular access to his family, any healthcare he may require from a qualified medical practitioner and a lawyer of his choice