August 18, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) condemns in strongest terms possible the arrest and detention of former governor of Western Equatoria State Colonel Joseph Bakosoro. He was relieved from his post as governor of Western Equatoria State on 16 August 2015 by South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit. Bakosoro was subsequently arrested by the security agents of South Sudanese government for yet undisclosed reasons. He is now in detention under unknown circumstances. This is humiliation to him as a person and abuse of his rights to fair trial under article 19 of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011. This constitutional provision obliges arresting authority to bring the accused before the court of law within 24 hours as specifically stipulated under article 19(4) of the Constitution.
SSHURSA calls upon the government of South Sudan to produce the former governor Bakosoro before competent court of law if it has any sustainable charges against him. Arresting a person and keeping him or her arbitrarily, is against the dignity and freedom of an individual and a stern reminder of the evils against which South Sudan sacrificed millions of lives for while fighting war of freedom with the Republic of the Sudan.
SSHURSA urges the government of South Sudan to respect the constitutional rights of every person in South Sudan. Without any further delay, the government should release the former governor Bakosoro. SSHURSA appeals to all people of good will to pressure government for his immediate release.
Signed by Biel Boutros Biel,
SSHURSA Executive Director:
About SSHURSA: SSHURSA is a non political and non-profit making national human rights organisation. Its vision; a democratic, human rights and rule of law abiding South Sudan. Its mission is to monitor human rights and train general public on rule of law, human rights, transitional justice, constitution and governance.