Watchdog demands answers from Kenya after activist extradited to Juba
A South Sudan’s civil society watchdog has condemned the extradition of an activist from Kenya to South Sudan, saying it demands answers from the Kenyan government as to why the activist was extradited to his country despite potential risk to his life.
JUBA, FEBRUARY 9th 2023 (SUDANS POST) – A South Sudan’s civil society watchdog has condemned the extradition of an activist from Kenya to South Sudan, saying it demands answers from the Kenyan government as to why the activist was extradited to his country despite potential risk to his life.
Activist Morris Garang was arrested at his Nairobi residence on Thursday last week by Kenyan security forces. Sources told Sudans Post that the activist has already been deported to South Sudan and was being detained at the National Security headquarters.
In a statement, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) condemned the extradition of activist and stressed that Kenya should not be a country that facilitates human rights violations by South Sudan authorities.
“CEPO strongly condemns the arrest of activist Morris Mabior in the Kenya city of Nairobi. The Kenyan government should not be a government that facilitates gross violation of human rights and actions that undermine respect of human rights,” CEPO said in the statement extended to Sudans Post.
“This is the second time that Kenya government is compromising live of south Sudanese activists in their country and this act is an act of perpetrators of human rights violations,” the statement continued.
Edmund Yakani, the Executive Director of CEPO, called upon the Kenyan government to give answers as to why he was arrested and called on those holding him to ensure that his life is safeguarded and his family allowed access to him.
“The government of Kenya should provide accurate information on what happen to our fellow activist Morris Mabior urgently as well as ensuring that his life is safe and nobody should take away his life,” Yakani said.
“This practice of Kenya government allowing arrest of South Sudan activists in its territories is totally undermining the Kenya stance for respect of human rights and protection of human rights defenders in the region,” he stressed.
He further called on “the president of Kenya to intervene to this wrong practice and save the life of our fellow activist.”
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