Rights group says peaceful protests ‘must be facilitated rather than cracked down upon’, following recent arrests.

Amnesty International has warned that South Sudan is witnessing a “new wave of repression”, with many activists now in hiding after a string of arrests in recent weeks.

The world’s newest nation has suffered from chronic instability since independence a decade ago, with a coalition of civil society groups recently calling on the government to step down, saying they have “had enough”.

The authorities have taken a tough line against such demands, arresting eight activists as well as detaining three journalists and two employees of a pro-democracy non-profit, according to rights groups.

“We are witnessing a new wave of repression emerging in South Sudan targeting the rights to freedom of

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