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Authorities in South Sudan must comply with the order of the country’s Minister of Justice and immediately release government critic Morris Mabior Awikjok Bak, who has been arbitrarily detained for more than 400 days, Amnesty International said.

Following his arbitrary arrest in Kenya on February 4, 2023, Morris Mabior Awikjok Bak was forcibly returned to South Sudan the following day, where he is being held at the Blue House, the headquarters of the National Security Service (NSS), in Juba. In April 2024, he was charged with defaming the NSS Director General, Akol Koor Kuc. Although he was granted bail on the defamation charge the same month, the NSS continues to detain him under the pretext of investigating him for crimes against the state. On June 10, Justice Minister Ruben Madol Arol ordered Morris Mabior’s release and dropped the charges of “insulting the president and undermining the authority of the head of state.”

Morris Mabior Awikjok Bak was held in solitary confinement for at least three months after his arrest, where family members say he was subjected to solitary confinement, torture and other ill-treatment.

“Amnesty International welcomes the decision of the Minister of Justice to drop the baseless charges against Morris Mabior Awikjok Bak. It is a travesty that he has been unlawfully detained for over a year and denied routine visits from family members and access to medical care,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.

It is a travesty that he has been unlawfully detained for over a year and denied routine visits from family members and access to medical care.

Sarah Jackson, Deputy Regional Director, Amnesty EARO

“The ongoing arbitrary detention of Morris Mabior Awikjok Bak violates both international human rights law and South Sudanese law. This is a blatant abuse of power by the NSS authorities. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.”

The NSS’s detention of Morris Mabior without trial violates international human rights law, which requires that a person arrested must be promptly brought before a judge to exercise judicial power and be tried or released within a reasonable time, and his rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights of the 2011 Constitution of South Sudan.

The continued arbitrary detention of Morris Mabior Awikjok Bak violates both international human rights law and South Sudanese law.

Sarah Jackson

Amnesty International is also calling on the South Sudanese authorities to take additional measures to ensure Morris Mabior’s safety after his release from detention and to ensure that his rights are not violated.

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On April 16, 2024, Morris Mabior Awikjok Bak appeared before a court in Juba for the first time since his arrest, where he was charged with defaming the Director General of the NSS, Akol Koor Kuc. At his second court appearance on April 24, 2024, the trial judge said Morris Mabior had already been released on bail and he did not know why he was being escorted and detained by the NSS officers.

Amnesty International has documented numerous cases of arbitrary detention by the National Security Service (NSS) in several facilities where detainees are often subjected to torture and other ill-treatment – some are held without access to a lawyer or family members. The NSS’s spy network stretches across East Africa to reach those who seek refuge in neighboring countries. For example, Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Ezbon Idri were forcibly disappeared in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2017 and later killed in South Sudan, the UN panel of experts concluded.

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