Juba, 7th August 2018. Heads of diplomatic missions of Canada, European Union, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States of America in Juba urges the government to release Peter Biar Ajak.
They in a joint statement CRN saw are deeply troubled by the arrest and ongoing detention by the South Sudanese National Security Service of youth activist for over six days.
The heads of missions also call on the government to bring charges against Peter Biar Ajak in a timely manner according to the rule of law and to grant him access to a lawyer.
The diplomats also call on the government and all parties to the conflict to encourage, support and safeguard the right of any individual to freedom of opinion and expression.
They express deep concern by the harassment and intimidation of civic actors, restrictions on freedom of expression and association; and arbitrary detention in South Sudan.
This is of great concern in the context of the ongoing peace process, as building trust and maintaining a vibrant civic space is an essential precondition of sustainable peace, reads part of the statement.
The Cessation of Hostilities Agreement obliges the parties at all times to protect the human rights of civilians and ensure protection of media and civil society, it adds.