Release of political prisoner, James Gatdet Dak
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James Gatdet is the former spokesperson of the Former vice president of South Sudan, and the current rebel leader of the SPLM in Opposition,Dr. Riek Machar Teny. Mr. Gatdet was extradited from his home in Nairobi, Kenya and handed over to the South Sudan government, on November 2016, this being a well-coordinated operation. This deportation had political motives that traces its roots to the ongoing civil war that broke out in South Sudan on 15th December, 2013, in which Mr. Gatdet, being a high profile opposition official, launched his criticisms against the government's acts, and becoming more radical. This extradition was a flagrant breach of the international law under the watch of the international community. Gatdet had legal asylum status in Kenya.
Mr. Gatdet was a vocal activist against the south sudan government, thus the motive to silence him. Gatdet was held custody in the 'blue House', a national security facility in South Sudan, under extreme violation of his rights, and torture. He was held in custody for over 12 months, until today, 12th February, 2018, when the 'high court' in the capital Juba, issued a death penalty as well as combined 21 years to him on charges of treason and incitement against the government; Being tried in a Kangaroo court system by the perpetrators of an injustice inflicted on you.
This act will ultimately impede the revitalization of the 2015 Addis Ababa Peace Agreement, and the recently signed December 2017 peace agreement. Peace initiatives and agreements must reflect the general will of the stakeholders to stop offensives, authoritarian practices, and violations of human rights that undermines the agreements. James Gatdet Dak was a typical political detainee who should have been released within the provisions of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities the parties signed two months ago in Addis Ababa. James Gatdet Dak Lampuar has to be released unconditionally, and the perpetrators of the injustices inflicted on him, be held accountable.
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