Rights group ‘disturbed,’ calls for probe into death of S. Sudan’s refugee in Kakuma

Centre for Peace and Advocacy Press Statement on the Death of the South Sudanese Refugee in Kakuma-Kenya.

May 6, 2020 (Juba)- The Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) has received disturbing reports from a number of eyewitnesses and some news outlets following the death of a 22-year-old South Sudanese refugee residing in Kakuma, Kenya.

Credible and reliable sources have confirmed to the Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) that the deceased was beaten to death by the Kenyan Police on 25th April, 2020 and passed on on 26th April. The young man identified as Sunday Doang Lony was a South Sudanese refugee living in Kakuma Kenya and was in Primary Eight (P.8)

It is disturbing and sad as well that the Kenya Police mandated to protect everyone within its jurisdiction including refugees is the one reported to be violating the rights it is supposed to protect.

It is against this backdrop that the Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) strongly condemns the killing of this South Sudanese refugee and urges the Kenyan government to thoroughly investigate and bring to book the perpetrators of this heinous human rights violation.

Kenya is a signatory to both the Refugee Convention and the OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa and it is therefore mandated to protect all people, asylum-seekers and refugees within its jurisdiction.

The Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) reminds the Kenyan government of its obligation to respect, protect and fulfill under the international laws its mandate of observing the human rights standards that prohibit violations and abuses such as torture and slavery, let alone beating someone to death. These are non-derogable rights that cannot be restricted or suspended for any reason.

The Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) family would like to register their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.


Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA)-South Sudan Human Rights Officer —Contact us on: +211924538137 | +211917799524: Email address: cpa@southsudancpa.org/ cpasouthsudan@gmail.com / www.SouthSudancpa.org

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