Custom Search 1

Children among those killed in South Sudan 'execution spree'

DEATH PENALTY: Children are among those executed in South Sudan this year

CHILDREN ARE being executed in South Sudan under the country’s use of the death penalty, it has been reported.

More executions have taken place in South Sudan in 2018 than in any other year since it gained independence in 2011, Amnesty International has reported.

A child is among the seven people known to have been executed in this year so far in what Amnesty have called an "execution spree".

Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “It is extremely disturbing that the world’s youngest nation has embraced this outdated, inhuman practice and is executing people, even children, at a time when the rest of the world is abandoning this abhorrent punishment.

“The President of South Sudan must stop signing execution orders and end this obvious violation of the right to life.”

Last year, four people, including two children, were executed by the state in South Sudan.

In a statement, Amnesty International said: “The executions were a blatant violation of national and international laws, which strictly forbid the execution of anyone who was below the age of 18 at the time of their alleged crime.”

A 16-year-old boy on death row at Juba Central Prison was interviewed by Amnesty International this year.

The boy was convicted of murder and tried when he was 15 years old. He described what happened as an accident.

“Before the accident, I was in secondary school. I was a runner, a very good one and I was also a singer of gospel and earthly songs. […] My own aim was to study and do things that can help others. My hope is to be out and to continue with my school,” he told the human rights organisation.

In South Sudan death penalties can be handed down to those convicted of a range of crimes including murder, terrorism, aggravated drug trafficking and treason.

Hanging is the method of execution used by the state.

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

Facebook Comments