News / / 12.10.19

Associated Press: US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists.

In a statement on Tuesday the U.S. Treasury said South Sudan’s government has repeatedly used “extrajudicial killings as a means to silence dissent, limit freedom of speech and the press, and enforce the political status quo.”

Opposition member, Aggrey Idri and human rights lawyer Dong Samuel, were kidnapped from Nairobi, Kenya, in January 2017 by members of South Sudan’s security services and were illegally transported to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, said the U.S. The two were held at the main National Security Service prison before being moved to another national security run detention center where they were reportedly killed on orders from South Sudan’s government, alleged the U.S. statement…

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