Urgent Action Update: Fifteen Released, Five Still Arbitrarily Detained (South Sudan: UA 87.16)

October 19, 2017

George Livio Bahara, one of the men arbitrarily detained at a prison at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in Juba, was released on 25 May. Mike Tyson, another detainee, died on 29 June at the NSS prison. Twenty-one men remain held at the NSS prison under poor conditions with lack of access to appropriate medical treatment.


Fifteen individuals whom Amnesty International had previously campaigned on were among a group of detainees released from the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters on 10 August. Five men remain arbitrarily detained at the NSS headquarters, while one has been charged.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Insisting that the South Sudanese authorities, if credible evidence of a recognized offence exists, charge the remaining NSS detainees promptly and present them in court or release them immediately;
  • Urging them to ensure that detainees are not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment while in detention and are granted access to adequate medical care, lawyers of their own choosing, and are 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 where there is evidence of the commission of criminal offences to hold perpetrators accountable in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty;
  • Calling on them to provide prompt and adequate reparation to individuals released without charge, including medical and psychological rehabilitation.

Contact these two officials by 30 November, 2017:

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


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