Other Political Parties call for release of political detainees
Bishop Gabriel Rorej, the Chief Whip of Other Political Parties speaking to the press yesterday at the parliament (photo by Woja Emmanuel)
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
The Chief Whip of Other Political Parties has called on the government to release political detainees and prisoners of war as part of the peace implementation.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir last month ordered for the release of all political detainees held by his government as part of a recently signed peace deal.
The order directed the Chief of Defense Forces to immediately release the prisoners of war and detainees under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in accordance with provisions of article 216 of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.
Bishop Gabriel Rorej, the Chief Whip of the Other Political Parties said the government should follow the provision of the agreement that calls for release of all political detainees and prisoners of war.
“Our position as Other Political Parties is that everybody must be freed because you cannot again keep prisoners in detention while the agreement has already been signed,” Rorej said yesterday.
Rorej applauded the warring parties upon endless endeavors to bring to an end the suffering of the people of South Sudan but called on all the parties to adhere to all the principles of the agreement to ensure fruitful execution of the accord.
The government has since announced that it had released several prisoners of war and political prisoners which remain unclear as the names of the released are not specified.
Earlier this month, Civil Society Organizations have been calling on the government to make public the names of any released detainees for transparency.
Meanwhile, earlier this month some inmates in the National Security detention cell known as the Blue House seized arms from prison guards in a protest of no trial against their arrest.