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Amnesty International: Dozens of detainees at risk of death in South Sudan

30 May 2016

Dozens of detainees held in dire conditions in poorly ventilated metal shipping containers, fed only once or twice a week and given insufficient drinking water are at risk of death, warned Amnesty International on 27 May.

«Detainees are suffering in appalling conditions and their overall treatment is nothing short of torture," said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. He also marked that Gorom detention site should be immediately shut down until conditions are brought into compliance with human rights standards.

According to information obtained by the organisation, these conditions have apparently resulted in the deaths of multiple detainees at the detention site. Soldiers also periodically take them out of the containers and beat them.

A satellite image of what Amnesty International believes to be the detention site at Gorom shows four metal shipping containers arranged in an L shape, inside two perimeter fences. According to information received by Amnesty International, the four containers are used to house detainees and were brought to the site in early November 2015.

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