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High level contacts underway on disappearance of Rights Activists in Kenya: International expert

Dong Samuel Luak, a South Sudanese activist, who has been detained in Kenya and is at risk of unlawful return back to South Sudan, 2011(Photo: private file)
Dong Samuel Luak, a South Sudanese activist, who has been detained in Kenya and is at risk of unlawful return back to South Sudan, 2011(Photo: private file)

26, January 2017 (Nyamilepedia) — In latest development received by Nyamilepedia Press, a European international expert has informed senior opposition leaders in South Sudan that they should keep calm as there are contacts at high levels underway to try to confirm the where about of two South Sudanese human rights activists kidnapped in Kenya by security forces and to stop their forceful deportation against their will.

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The expert told the officials that all is being done to find the two and prevent the Kenyan government from deporting them back to South Sudan where they could face prosecution.

The exert said there was growing concerned about Kenya’s violations of international norms and human rights conventions by kidnapping, arresting and deporting individuals with refugee status or those facing prosecution in their countries of origin to areas that are of high risks to their lives and families.

The official said they believe Human Rights lawyer Samuel Dong is being held at a police station near the Kenya’s private Wilson Airport in Nairobi, adding they are being held specifically at Ngong Road Police station from where the Kenyan government could be attempting to forcefully deport them to South Sudan.

The expert said there was serious concern about the safety of the two activists and opposition officials, warning the two could face serious torture or even execution if handed over to brutal regime of President Silva Kiir in Juba.

High level contacts are believed to being carried out by several international organisations which includes Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, European Union and French Foreign Ministry, US intelligence agency. The CIA is believed to be involved in an attempt to get Kenyan government to immediately release the two officials.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has been accused of violating the Geneva conventions which calls for protection of refugees and vulnerable individuals facing prosecution after his government late last year kidnapped and forcefully deported a South Sudanese refugee from Nairobi to Juba against all advise and calls to stop the deportation due to fear of prosecution when they reach South Sudan.

Juba has been named as one of the worst human rights violators in the world by Human Rights Watch and other international rights agencies.

The UN’s chief for Human Rights has recently warned that horrific atrocities was being committed in South Sudan by the government and also by other armed groups, warning the country could slide into ‘Genocide’ if the international community does not take immediate action on the situation in the worlds’ youngest country.

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