Critics dying in notorious Sudanese jails

Sudanese jailsFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – AT least 20 critics of President Salvar Kiir have died in prison since the onset of the South Sudanese civil war, prompting calls for the release of hundreds more detained without charge.
Hundreds of people, mostly men, have been arrested and kept in communicando by security agents in torturous conditions for long periods of time since the conflict began more than three years ago.
Others have disappeared without a trace at the hands of the feared National Security Service and Military Intelligence agents.
Kiir has pledged the release of all political detainees as part of finding solutions to the deadly civil war but to no avail.
“While President Kiir’s pledge was welcome, we call on him to go a step further and order a full investigation into arbitrary detention practices of government security agencies, enforced disappearances, deaths in custody, torture and other ill-treatment,” Amnesty International secretary general, Salil Shetty, said.
Most of the detainees are held in Juba, the capital of Africa’s newest country engulfed in conflict.
The country attained independence from Sudan in 2011 but spilled into civil war three years later after Kiir accused his inner circle, including Deputy, Riek Machar of plotting a coup.
Up to 300 000 civilians have been killed and about 2 million displaced.
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