JMEC welcomes President’s Order for the Release of PoWs and Detainees

Dr. Machar's former spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, battling his case in a government courtroom in the capital, Juba(Photo: file)

Dr. Machar’s former spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, battling his case in a government courtroom in the capital, Juba(Photo: file)

Oct 1st, 2018(Nyamilepedia) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) welcomes the Order by the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit issued on September 27, 2018 for the immediate release of all Prisoners of War (PoWs) and Political Detainees.

“This is a requirement under the revitalized Agreement and an important confidence building measure,” says JMEC Deputy Chairperson Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge.

Under Article 2.1.6 of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), Prisoners of War and Detainees shall be released immediately under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

JMEC urges all Parties to emulate and honour their commitment to the R-ARCSS, cooperate with the ICRC and release all PoWs and Political Detainees without further delay and that the list of all such released persons, be made public.

The Commission further reminds the Parties to the R-ARCSS to abide fully by the provisions of the permanent ceasefire and facilitate the operationalization of the Transitional Security Arrangements and the voluntary repatriation, resettlement, rehabilitation and reintegration of returnees and internally displaced persons.

Lastly, JMEC reminds all Parties and Stakeholders who have not yet submitted a complete list of their nominees to the various Agreement Institutions and Mechanisms to do so immediately in order enable the expeditious convening of their activities.