Prisoner Release: Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement

Annexure I: Permanent Ceasefire and Security Arrangements Implementation Modalities and Appendices (Signed at Naivasha, Kenya on 31st December 2004)

Part I: The Ceasefire Arrangements

1.8. The Parties shall commit themselves to immediate release of prisoners of war (POWs) and as a gesture of national reconciliation release any other persons detained as a result of the war upon the endorsement of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement;

Implementation History

2005

Full Implementation

After the signing of CPA in January 2005, the Sudanese government and the International Red Cross signed a protocol on 14 February 2005 regarding the rules and principles governing the release and transfer of persons detained in relation to the armed conflict in southern Sudan. A Sudanese Minister also said that the SPLM-held 700 prisoners of war who would be freed in the third week of February (Source: Red Cross, Sudan Government Sign Protocol on Prisoner release, Agence France Presse, 14 February 2005). Throughout 2005, the SPLM released a number of Prisoners of War (PoWs). The ICRC reported on the basis of partial involvement in the process and interviews that PoWs had been well-treated and had returned voluntarily.1 According to the U.S. State Department Human Rights Report, the SPLM/A released approximately 500 prisoners of war in 2005. The Sudanese government maintained that it did not have PoWs.2

2006

Full Implementation

Provision related to the release of the PoWs was implemented in 2005.  

2007

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2008

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2009

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2010

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2011

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.