Amid peace efforts, South Sudan arrests activist Peter Biar Ajak [Al Jazeera]

Report on the detention of Peter Biar Ajak and pattern of arbitrary detention in South Sudan. First published in Al Jazeera on 15 August 2018:

On July 28, Deng Ajak-Agutdau received a phone call with news that his brother had been arrested at Juba airport by the National Security Services (NSS), South Sudan’s intelligence agency.

Peter Biar Ajak had been planning to travel to a youth forum he had organised in Aweil.

He was one of at least 20,000 children who were dubbed the “lost boys” of Sudan after they were separated from their families during the country’s second civil war, which ended in 2005.

While many were displaced to refugee camps across East Africa, some were resettled in the United States in the early 2000s, including Ajak.

He went on to study at La Salle, Harvard and Cambridge. He has worked as an economist for the World Bank, founded the Centre for Strategic Analysis and Research (C-SAR) in Juba and was the chairman for the South Sudan Youth Leaders Forum’s (SSYLF).

“Peter has always spoken out about social justice in South Sudan and has been genuine about seeing a better future for the country,” Ajak-Agutdau told Al Jazeera.

By the time of publishing, officials of the government of South Sudan had not responded to several requests from Al Jazeera seeking comment.

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