South Sudan must respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council today, Amnesty International said that it remains concerned about the government’s persistent targeting of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, association and peaceful assembly, including a new wave of repression in response to calls for peaceful protests.
The organization said that, between 2 and 30 August, government actors arbitrarily arrested at least 14 people across the country in relation to the planned peaceful protests, closed a local think tank group and a radio station, increased surveillance of suspected protesters and organizers, and heavily deployed security forces

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