April 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Lady of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Madam Mary Ayen Mayardit, has today visited prison wards and facilitated the release of about 10 prisoners convicted of minor offenses and sentenced to short-term of incarceration in the country’s capital, Juba.
Speaking to reporters after witnessing the release of the prisoners, The First Lady Ayen assured the rest of the prisoners to remain strong and optimistic and that they shouldn’t feel forgotten.
Last week, the rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch called on relevant authorities to decongest overcrowded detention facilities to avert the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Nyaogoah Tut Pur, Human Rights Watch Researcher in South Sudan lauded the unity government for taking strict measures against the spread of the virus by closing borders, banning all flights, and suspending all religious gatherings.
However, she expressed grave concern that prisoners are more likely to be affected most by the ongoing global pandemic due to insufficient medical facilities across the country.
The High-Level Task Force on COVID-19, through the Ministry of Health, has documented 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19.