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South Sudan: Systematic harassment of civil society, journalists, private sector and critics by South Sudan’s intelligence agency

Index Number: AFR 65/2727/2020

South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) continues to systematically harass and target civil society members, journalists, private sector employees and real or perceived critics of government and senior officials through arbitrary and unlawful arrest and prolonged detention. Those suspected of criminal responsibility for these violations act with impunity and are not held to account.

Recent cases of arbitrary arrest and detention

Since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013, Amnesty International has documented individuals detained without charge and kept in holding facilities with no access to families, medical treatment, or legal representation

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