Amnesty accuse South Sudan government of torturing detainees on ethnic basis

Amnesty International (File Photo)

September 4th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The international rights organization, the Amnesty International, has accused the South Sudan government of caring out torture against citizens arbitrary arrested because of their ethnic or political affiliation.

In a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia on Monday,  the rights organization said security forces loyal to the South Sudan government are mistreating political detainees on the ground of their ethnic orgin or their political affiliation.

“People in South Sudan have been arrested for their political and ethnic affiliations and are then subjected to unimaginable suffering – sometimes leading to death – at the hands of the government’s security forces,” Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region said.

According to Magango, one of the ex-victims of torture, who gave an account of his searing testimony, told the Amnesty that Government’s solders would come while drunk and start beating and torturing everyone seemed allied to South Sudan opposition group using sometimes an electric shocker.

“If they thought you had misbehaved, they would beat you. If the soldiers come in drunk, they would beat you. The torturing there is beyond (words). Some people are tortured even with electricity. People are beaten to the point of collapsing,” he told the Amnesty.

The group urges South Sudan Government to immediately release all political detainees under its custody in the country and hold to account those who are responsible for illegal arrests of political prisoners .

“It is extremely unconscionable that South Sudanese authorities arrest, torture and ill-treat people in total disregard for their human rights. The government must end these arbitrary detentions by immediately releasing the detainees or charging them with internationally recognizable offenses. It must also hold to account all those responsible for these grave human rights violations and deaths in detention,” Magango added.

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