Nairobi, Malakal, Oweci, South Sudan:
The Agwelek forces under the command of Gen. Johnson Olony Thubo today (Thursday) condemns in the strongest possible terms the “information that three members of forces belonging to either the Sudan People’s Liberation Army In Opposition or the allied forces led by Gen. Johnson Olony opened fire on IDPs at a recently opened protection-of-civilians site in the UNMISS compound” in Malakal, Upper Nile state.
On its part, the Agwelek forces describe this crime as a heinous and barbaric act of terror.
The forces hereby fully recognize and hail the tremendous work by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in providing unlimited protection, shelter and basic services to our innocent people wherever they are in Civilian-protection-sites.
The Agwelek forces therefore distance itself from such a crime and call on UMNISS to investigate into it without hesitation or delay.
Also the movement is absolutely offering our its unlimited assistance to cooperate with UMNISS in ensuring that culprits are brought to justice by all possible means.
The Agwelek forces reiterate its commitment to fully abide by the fundamental rights and basic freedoms as stipulated in the international conventions and covenants.
It believes that the establishment of an independent Commission for reconciliation, transitional justice and healing so as to repair the social fabric of our people is a way forward to ensure stability, harmony between different communities in post-conflict South Sudan.
Meanwhile, the movement seizes the opportunity to honestly encourage and support the step by the international community (the Troika and the European countries) to submit to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva a draft resolution to appoint the human rights rapporteur to monitor and report on human rights in South Sudan.
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Brig. Gen. William Ezekiel, Agwelek Forces Press Desk