Juba, 10th August 2018. Human Rights Watch calls on National Security Service to immediately and unconditionally release Peter Biar Ajak.
The Body says the National Security Service should take the activist to court and charge him with a recognizable crime.
Human Rights Watch urges authorities to also end the arbitrary detention of many others held by the security service, in violation of their rights.
Associate Africa Director Jehanne Henry says “South Sudan’s security agents have long harassed and arbitrarily detained people, apparently to silence independent voices”.
The director says “South Sudan desperately needs public dialogue and greater respect for human rights, not more repression and violations”.
“South Sudanese authorities should release everyone being held arbitrarily and change the way the national security agency operates,” Henry adds.
“National Security officials should be subject to the same oversight as all security forces and held accountable for their abuses”, the official notes.