A prominent and vocal activist Raphael Juma Zachariah was released yesterday from Blue House, though it was a conditional release, I appreciate the NSS for according to him the FREEDOM.
NONETHELESS, I want to further extend a humble appeal to the same authority to grant him a complete FREEDOM from being pursued by dropping the conditions (online and offline apologies and a commitment letter) against him. Raphael didn’t commit a crime, for criticism should not be likened to a criminal act or warrant an arrest, detention, threats, intimidation or torture. In fact, this year, 2024 will need informed and proactive Citizenry like Raphael Juma Zachariah, thus, a need for tolerance, respect and protection of Civil Rights among several other Human Rights and Freedoms supported by the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 (as amended), Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc from the Government.
It’s worth reminding that Biar Ajak Marol, Morris Mabior, among other Citizens are believed to be in NSS detention centres. I would like to use this moment to reiterate a call for their release and accountability.
The statement obtained from Bol Deng Bol human rights Activist base in juba