Cambridge University urges release of Peter Biar Ajak

Prominent civil rights activist Peter Biar Ajak (File photo)

September 8th 2018 (Nyamilepedia)  – The University of Cambridge has urged the government of South Sudan to release detained renowned civil rights activist Peter Biar Ajak who has been detained by South Sudan National Security for more than two months.

Ajak was arrested on July 28th 2018 while leaving for Northern Bhar Al-Ghazal state capital Aweil for a Red Army occasion without being charged for an offense.

In a statement issued on Friday,  the Cambridge University where Ajak was pursuing a PhD said it is concerned by the detention of Ajak by the South Sudan National Security agents since late July.

“The University of Cambridge would like to express its deepest concern over the arbitrary arrest and detention on Saturday 28 July 2018 of Cambridge PhD student and youth activist Peter Biar Ajak by South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS),” the statement said.

The University said they are as well concerned by Ajak’s lack of legal access and health welfare which it said violates South Sudan’s constitution.

“The University is deeply concerned about Peter’s welfare, his access to legal representation and the violation of his rights in accordance with the Constitution of South Sudan, which guarantees all South Sudanese people liberty and security of person, due process, and freedom of expression and association,” it said.

The University then called for the release of Ajak or being charged according to the South Sudan’s Law.

“We therefore call on the government to either release Peter Biar Ajak, or to bring charges against him in a timely manner in accordance with the rule of law and to grant him access to a lawyer,” it added.