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Compensate the released political detainees, gov’t told

Amnesty International has called on the government to compensate political detainees who were released Thursday under the presidential amnesty.

Some of the 31 men, who were detained without charge by the security agencies, spent over 3 years at various detention facilities.

Amnesty International Regional Director for the Horn of Africa, Sarah Jackson, says it is important that more information is given on those who have been released.

She argues that providing them with reparations might help them recover from the kind of detention:

“This is a positive step. But we are still seeking clarifications on who exactly has been released,” Ms Jackson told Eye Radio on Friday.

Ms. Jackson also urged the government to release other detainees who are still in custody.

“It’s important that those released should be provided with reparation, that’s financial compensation,” she stressed.

At least 20 men have died in detention at three separate detention centers in Juba between February 2014 and December 2016, according to the human rights watchdog.