Document - South Sudan: Church leaders detained in South Sudan

URGENT ACTION

UA: 138/13 Index: AFR 65/004/2013 South Sudan Date: 28 May 2013

URGENT ACTION

church leaders detained in south Sudan

Two members of the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan, Reverend Idris Nalos Kida and Pastor Trainee David Gayin, were arrested from their homes by security forces on 19 May. They are being detained incommunicado, without access to a lawyer or their family, and are at risk of torture or other forms of ill-treatment.

On 19 May at 8pm security forces entered Reverend Idris Nalos Kida’s house in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and according to eyewitnesses, fired three gunshots in the air, before proceeding to beat the Reverend and take him in away in a car belonging to the security forces. They also searched and confiscated material belonging to him and his family members, including mobile phones, house keys, laptops and documents.

On the same night, at around 10pm, security forces broke down the door and entered the house of Pastor Trainee David Gayin and arrested him. No reason was given to either man’s families for their arrests, and their whereabouts remain unknown. Both men are members of the Presbyterian Church in Juba, South Sudan. They have not had access to a lawyer or their family members.

Detaining someone for more than 24 hours without the permission of the court, as both men have been, is illegal in South Sudan. Article 19(4) of the Republic of South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution states that a suspect must be released on bail after 24 hours, unless a court decides they should be remanded in prison.

Please write immediately in English or your own language:

Urge the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Reverend Idris Nalos Kida and Pastor Trainee David Gayin and grant them immediate access to their families, lawyers, and any medical treatment they may require;

Call on the authorities to either charge them with a recognizable criminal offence or immediately release them;

Call on the authorities to adhere to legal proceedings of detention in accordance to Article 19(4) of the Republic of South Sudan’s 2011 Transitional Constitution and international human rights standards.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 09 JULY 2013 TO:

Minister of Interior

General Alison Manani Magaya

c/o Peter Wal Athieu

Undersecretary

Ministry of Internal Affairs

Juba, South Sudan

Salutation: Honourable

Minister of Justice

John Luk Jok

c/o Moses Ateny Makol

Ministry of Justice

Juba, South Sudan

Email: mosesatenydemakol@yahoo.com

Salutation: Honourable

And copies to:

Minister of Information

Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin

c/o Mustafa Biong Majak Koul

Director General of Information

Ministry of Information

Juba, South Sudan

Email: musabiong@yahoo.ca

Salutation: Honourable

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

URGENT ACTION

church leaders detained in south Sudan

ADditional Information

South Sudan gained independence on 9 July 2011, following a referendum as provided in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which brought an end to two decades of civil war. As the world’s newest nation with a history of conflict, South Sudan continues to face challenges in upholding the rule of law, including following arrest and detention procedures stipulated in South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution.

South Sudan’s security forces have a record of harassing and arbitrarily arresting journalists, activists, and those deemed political opponents of the government. Few security forces who have allegedly committed human rights violations have been held to account.

Name: Reverend Idris Nalos Kida (m) and Pastor Trainee David Gayin (m)

Gender m/f: Both male

UA: 138/13 Index: AFR 65/004/2013 Issue Date: 28 May 2013

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