South Sudan: President Kiir orders the release of all political prisoners

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. Photo: Twitter/RFI afrique

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has ordered the release of all political prisoners held by his government as part of the peace agreement signed two weeks ago.

In a presidential decree read on SSBC state radio on Friday, he calls on the army chief to release all political prisoners, stop all new recruitment and respect the “permanent” cease-fire agreement signed in June.

“The head of the SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) Defense Forces hereby calls for the immediate release of prisoners of war and detainees under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in agreement with the provisions of Article 216 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, “says Kiir.

A group of African diplomats in South Sudan on Thursday urged the country’s leaders not to spoil the peace agreement and to ensure that it is properly implemented.

South Sudan plunged into civil war at the end of 2013 and the conflict generated one of the worst refugee crises in the world. According to the UN, about 4 million South Sudanese have become IDPs or refugees.

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