Kenyan Court blocks deportation of South Sudanese Human Rights lawyers, Dong Luak and Aggrey Iris

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South Sudanese Human Rights lawyers, Dong Luak and Aggrey Iris
South Sudanese Human Rights lawyers, Dong Luak and Aggrey Iris

NAIROBI– The ruling by the Kenyan High Court restraining the deportation of a South Sudanese human rights lawyer Dong Samuel Luak has been received with humility and appreciation among the civil and human righst groups across the region.

Dong Samuel Luak, a Human Rights Lawyer and his partners Aggrey Iris were abducted on January 23 2017 and were due to be deportede to Juba to face a series of alleged crimes abuse.

But in a moving court ruling in Kenyan capital in Nairobi, the court ruled out that it was improper to deport the duo.

Kenya is state party to many international and regional human rights and refugee conventions. The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) welcomed the ruling and satetd that under the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Kenya should adhere to the good faith principle and should not allow its security to abuse freedoms and human rights of persons under its protection and to which it has pledged to protect.

In a statement issued by SSHURSA, Biel Boutros Biel the executive director said Kenya should therefore, abide by its obligations under the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and the 1969 Organisation of African Unity (African Union) Convention Governing Specific Aspects of Refugees as well as other interntional and regional human rights instruments.

“SSHURSA appeals to the High Court to closely monitor and ensure that its decision is respected and the two men are immediately set free without any further encumbrances,” said Biel.

Biel noted that SSHURSA continues to call on President Uhuru Kenyatta to take drastic measures against his errant security agents who are involved in conniving with the South Sudanese security machinery to use Kenya as a ground to extend human rights abuses.

SSHURSA also urges Kenyan human rights organisations, regional and international human rights institutions and the rest of the international community which have been standing up for the two men to continue putting pressure in preventing the possible deportation. The High Court ruling is in line with the international human rights law and should be used to urgently set the two men free. SSHURSA further calls upon Kenyan human rights institutions and personnel to urge their government not to condone Kenyan soil being used as an extensional ground for South Sudanese security agents to abuse human rights and rule of law as is in South Sudan.

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