July 20, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Several Men Arbitrarily Held In Poor Conditions (South Sudan: UA 87.16)


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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.

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

  • Insisting that the South Sudanese authorities, if credible evidence of a recognised 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;
  • Urging them to grant the detainees access to adequate medical care, access to lawyers of their own choosing, and also allow visits from their families;
  • 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 diclose the findings, and 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 31 August, 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
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 87.16
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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