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Troika calls on S. Sudan parties to release political prisoners

Detention; file photo

The peace parties should release the political prisoners in the name of the revitalized agreement they inked last night, says the Troika.

According to human rights watchdogs, several political prisoners – including former spokesman of Dr. Riek Machar James Gatdet and political activist Peter Biar – are in detention.

Though it applauds the signing, Troika said it remains concerned about the parties’ level of commitment to this agreement, and to the 2017 Cessation of Hostilities deal.

“But in order to be convinced of the parties’ commitment, we will need to see a significant change in their approach,” the statement read.

“This must include, but not be limited to: an end to violence and full humanitarian access; the release of political prisoners; and a real commitment to effective and accountable implementation, demonstrated by supporting robust security and enforcement mechanisms, checks on executive and majority power, and the transparent use of resources for the benefit of all South Sudanese.”

The Troika – which comprises US, UK and Norway – has been supporting the peace process.

In the statement issued on Wednesday evening, Troika says the parties should put an end to violence and grant full humanitarian access.

It also called for release of political prisoners and a real commitment to effective and accountable implementation, demonstrated by supporting robust security and enforcement mechanisms

It also said the new government should ensure checks on executive and majority power, and the transparent use of resources for the benefit of all South Sudanese.