10 December 2018 :
This year, seven people, including one child, were hanged, the highest number since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, according to evidence provided to Amnesty International by legal professionals and government officials.
In 2017, two of the four people executed were children at the time of their conviction, the organisation said.
Among the 342 people currently on death row – more than double the number recorded in 2011 – are a secondary school pupil, who was sentenced to death when he was 15, and a breastfeeding mother. The country’s lack of transparency on its use of the death penalty meant the figures were likely to be underestimated, Amnesty said.