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Pres. Kiir’s One-sided National Dialogue is a Sham: Bakasoro’s SSNMC Press Release

South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) would like to voice our opinion on Salva Kiir’s so-called national dialogue.

On Tuesday, May 22, 2017 President Kiir launched his so-called national dialogue and inaugurated its steering committee, whose membership comprises mainly of and/or dominated (about 80 percent) by members of the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) with few members from other ethnic communities mainly supporters of Kiir’s government.

While Kiir claims to launch national dialogue, his militias are busy carrying out massive genocide across South Sudan. Most recently the “mathiang anyor” and “dut ku beny” militia killed innocent civilians in Yei, Ri-Rangu (Yambio), and Wau.

The country is not ready for national dialogue until all people put their guns down. Therefore, if Kiir wants the
national dialogue to be meaningful and effective, he should go back to the drawing board and produce an agreement that takes into consideration the interests of the entire country.

Besides Kiir cannot appoint himself the patron, as well as appointing members of his own tribe and supporters to the steering committee, while he himself manufactured the ongoing crises.

Thus, the national dialogue will never succeed if Kiir continues to select and exclude people according to his wishes.

We also appeal to the entire people of South Sudan not to accept the dirty politics of divide and rule perpetrated by the Kiir regime and his unconstitutional JCE in Juba.

SSNMC believes that for the national dialogue to be effective, it must take place in an atmosphere of freedom and liberty, whereby citizens are free to talk their mind without fear of apprehension or persecution or exclusion.

SSNMC also believes that only the JCE and their supporters will attend and participate in this national dialogue forum since it is conducted under government control, in this respect the initiative is only to satisfy the
interest of Salva Kiir, JCE and their supporters.

It is our strong conviction that, Salva Kiir’s unilateral ceasefire is only a spin to show to the entire globe that he is serious about peace, this is not the first time that such ceasefire has been declared and abrogated and there is no reason why this one should be taken seriously instead Kiir’s real intention is to continue with his genocidal agenda under the pretext of self-defense.

Therefore, it is SSNMC belief that a selective and one-sided national dialogue, which excludes the opposition groups and dominated only by one ethnic group, will never yield any peace dividend for the people of South Sudan.

If President Kiir is serious about peace in South Sudan, let him renew the peace process in good faith and be inclusive besides, such national dialogue should begin with the release of all political detainees as gesture
of good will; be conducted after an inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement is reached to ensure that all South Sudanese people regardless of their positions are involved including the millions of refugees, displaced persons and South Sudanese in diaspora.

SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2017
Contact: Daniel Zingifuaboro
Phone: +61 474 047 016
Email: Daniel.isbon@gmail.com

Protest to the International Community for genocide committed by Pres. Salva Kiir in Collo Kingdom of South Sudan

MAY/12/2017: Since 2015, the Collo Community Council has written many complaints to the world bodies against the Government of Salva Kiir in connection to atrocities and ethnic cleansing committed by his tribal militias and mercenaries.

But those warnings received no attention from the international community except on only one occasion; when unarmed citizens were killed in Malakal PoC by the government forces in the present of UNMISS. The then UN General Secretary, Ban Kim Moon, visited Juba.

The issues we have been expressing in those complaints have now become clear to entire world. Nobody can deny that reality on the ground. Salva Kiir uses whatever weapons to wipe out people in their ancestral land. In recent aggressive and offensive war against innocent civil in Tonga, in Upper Nile Region, the forces of the government used chemical weapons that led to death of many civilians from asphyxia.

All the criminal acts employed by Salva Kiir are aimed at eliminating as many people as possible and assimilating the few who survive from other communities into Jieng, in order to accomplish Jieng dynasty in South Sudan as it was proclaimed by Bona Malwal world-wide that South Sudan is Jieng nation.

All hiding places in Collo kingdom, from Tonga to Kodok, are destroyed by Kiir army and the people were forced to run for safety, but on the way many lives perished from bullets, hunger, thirst and asphyxia of chemical weapons used by the government soldiers and mercenaries.

Majority of the people are still in the bushes and no one can determine who is still alive or dead and those who reached Sudan look exhausted, pale to the point of death and their conditions are unpredictable between survival and death.

The war monster, President Kiir, has grown immune to voices advising him to stop killing his own citizens and doesn’t feel pain of tribulation, agony and suffering of other communities. Encouraged by the Jieng Council Salva Kiir is ready to kill anybody in the interest of his Jieng tribe.

On many occasions the International Community advised Salva Kiir to desist from war but their advice fell on deaf ears because it was not followed by concrete punitive action. We hereby enumerate a few cases in support of our claims.

On 15 April 2016, Peter Lokarlo Ngirima wrote a letter on behalf of South Sudanese living in Australia to Ethiopian Hailemariam Dessalegn, warning that ‘the South Sudan’s Peace implementation process was most likely doomed to failure due to lack political will on the part of the regime in Juba to ensure its timely execution coupled with indifference and the clear lackluster stance adopted by the IGAD and Troika partners.

According to Ngirima, the peace process was hanging by a finger nail, because the tribal regime in Juba continues to infringe on and obstruct the peace execution process on a consistent basis. That letter was in a way an eye opener for the world body to see clearly what was happening in South Sudan. But nobody was ready to listen and that led to the demise and collapse of the Compromise Agreement they toiled for.

On July 12, 2016, the Moderator of South Sudan Advocacy Action Forum wrote an urgent letter to Ambassador Donald Booth, the US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan with this assertion ‘There is a sense of failure and profound regret, we must acknowledge that South Sudan is a failed state. South Sudan’s leadership – fueled by greed, nepotism, incompetence and ethnic pride – has failed the people of South Sudan.

The result is starvation, anarchy, corruption, death and unending conflict. While we held out hope for the Transitional Government of National Unity, to the extent that it actually exists, it seems to have made no progress and must also be recognized as failed.

Thus the entire Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan which was negotiated by IGAD+, but never fully accepted by the protagonists, has failed.

The African Union in its work in Sudan has demonstrated that it is unable, even in partnership with the U.N, to effectively end genocide in that nation. The IGAD nations have national interests that supersede their concern for the people of South Sudan. Thus another entity must rescue the people from their leadership.’

On December19, 2016, the Ambassador Samantha Power gave sympathetic remarks at a UN Security Council meeting stressing that ‘The Council asked for an arms embargo and targeted sanctions but had never delivered anything tangible”. She asserted that if the Council failed to act, South Sudan would be on a trajectory towards mass atrocities, and we have known that as a Security Council- each and every one of us.’

She expressed her disappointment on the fact that ‘despite the terrible experiences, testimonies and dozens of accounts from the region, yet some members of the Council were saying things were getting better’.

Ambassador Power reiterated that ”the situation was not getting better, it’s getting worse – and we’re sitting on our hands as a Council. We have to try to stop atrocities in South Sudan. And the question was not whether we should do that, but how quickly. She urged the Council to adopt an arms embargo, targeted sanctions, because violence was tearing South Sudan apart, and the government undermined virtually all international efforts to help.

She lamented that “and I say this much more in sorrow than in anger, given how closely the United States works with that government and has wanted to work with that government, even throughout this crisis. Three million people are displaced inside and outside South Sudan, and more than half the country faces food insecurity’.

That humane and sorrowful appeal made by Ambassador Power fell in deaf ears of the world body due to conflict of interests. Some members of the Council rejected the proposal because they were more concerned about oil benefits (China) and not in people. Other members rejected the proposal because South Sudan was a dumping ground for their weapons of mass destruction that were not being used for decades (Russia). The United States must also accept the blame because they were not keen in dealing with the mad son they were midwives at his birth and later they enthroned in South Sudan.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, called on the government and all armed opposition movements to immediately desist from fighting, arguing that “renewed fighting in the country continued to negatively impact on the security, safety, and life of civilians”.

This was a powerful word from a concern leader but it will always remain ineffective if the leader failed to follow-up his words with action. African Union has become toothless to respond to any problem occurring in continent due to financial constraints and selfish interests of its leaders, especially East Africa countries.

To avoid generalization the West Africa countries are better because they act immediately in case there was trouble in one of their countries.

Sudanese President Omar El Beshir has reiterated that his government is ready to intervene in South Sudan in order to avert what he describes as “war and famine.” Famine was declared in parts of the former Unity State in mid-February. President Beshir said Sudan is concerned about the situation and his country has a responsibility for ensuring that there is peace in South Sudan.

First of all we very much appreciate President Beshir’s decision to open the border for South Sudanese refugees who are now living in relative peace inside Sudan. This later stance is further proof that President Beshir really cares about the situation of the people of South Sudan. It is our wish and hope that the President forges ahead with his humanitarian plans without being hindered.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has urged parties to the conflict in the country to cease hostilities and uphold responsibilities of protecting civilians. Mr. Guterres described the escalation of violence and subsequent suffering of civilians in the country as disturbing.

The International body must draw lessons from the unpleasant fact that unarmed civilians were massacred, on several occasions, in front of the so-called UN civilian protection forces. The first incident took place in 2013 where innocent civilians were massacred for three days in Juba. Again, displaced citizens were murdered in Bor PoC in the present of UNMISS. The same thing occurred in Malakal PoC.

All the same unarmed civilians were massacred in Wau Bahr El Gazel and in the same the same killings have been happening in the whole of Equatoria regions ever since. The UN force has failed to apply Chapter Seven within in its mandate. We, as well as the communities being killed, have difficulty in understanding why those forces are there on the ground?

We thought they were there to protect people for whom they took blue helmet. Are they there just to keep count and take pictures of the dead bodies of people murdered in front of their eyes? Are they pleased to be witnesses of murder cases they could have prevented?

Like their forces on the ground the higher UN officials are inactive or may be complacent towards the government in Juba. How many times did the UN Secretary General urge parties to the conflict in South Sudan to desist from war? The parties didn’t respond to such feeble requests. Knowing that it was rhetoric as usual the parties continued doing their evil acts of killing civilians in mass.

Out of frustration the communities being targeted imply that the United Nations has become part of the perpetrators of violence against civilians in South Sudan. We strongly believe that putting the chapter seven mandates into action, even once; will be enough to make President Kiir feel that there is a world power that cannot allow him to get away with every crime against humanity.

The midwife, as Ambassador Power called the United States of America, has allowed Salva Kiir to kill his people using prohibit chemical weapons against targeted communities, which Kiir wishes to eliminate. USA is known for taking appropriate punitive action against rogue regimes around the world.

Recently the United States decided to strike certain areas in Syria that used chemical weapons to kill innocent people without approval from UN Security Council. Why is the United States failing to apply the same strategy against Salva Kiir?

As Ambassador Power stated the United States, like the rest of the world, must accept her part in the problem. To us giving relief to South Sudan without addressing the root causes of the conflict is a great waste of resources and bidding time for President Kiir to remain in power longer. And that means more murders and misery. We know that USA has ample power to make Salva Kiir stop what he is doing now.

Finally we strongly feel that the only viable solution left to stop genocide in South Sudan is to remove Kiir and his entire government machinery from power. The International Community must compel Salva Kiir to leave the government peaceful or by force as they did in some countries around the world. In fact, warning, and urging the tribal entity in South Sudan will not work anymore.

Thanks
Samson Oyay Awin
Chairman of Collo Community Council

CC. Security Council of the United Nations.
CC: The Secretary General of the United Nations, New York, USA.
CC: Troika member Countries (USA, NOWAY and UK)
CC: Chair Person of European Union, BRUSSEL, Belgium
CC: Chair Person of Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland

Petition to the Israel Supreme Court: Open a criminal investigation against Israelis involved in the export of arms to South Sudan & training Jieng Mathiang Anyoor militia

This morning, May 5th, 2017, 53 Israeli Human Rights activists submitted a petition to the supreme court in Jerusalem (3684/17) demanding a criminal investigation for assistance to the carrying out of crimes against humanity and war crimes, against Israeli arm dealers who exported assault rifles to South Sudan, and against the Israeli ministry of defense and foreign affairs officials who authorized this export.

The petition was submitted after a UN Security Council report revealed this arms sale. In 2013 a deal mediated by the head of South Sudan National Security Service, by-passing the official South Sudanese proceedings for arms procurement, included the sales of Galil Ace assault rifles from Israel, that were then given to Mathiang Anyoor – the governmental run militia.

They trained in the private farm of the president of South Sudan outside Juba. The guns were used by Mathiang Anyoor for the massacre of people from the Nuer tribe in December 2013 in Juba – a massacre that marked the beginning of the civil war in South Sudan.

Officials in the Israeli ministry of defense and foreign affairs should have known in advance the risk they are taking authorizing such a dodgy deal, exporting assault rifles, through the head of South Sudan National Security Service, for a militia trained in the president’s farm.

Is there an employee in the ministry of defense who finds it reasonable to arm a president of a country on the brink of civil war in a “private deal” for his own private militia?

Did this process not through the governmental channels seem reasonable and innocent to the officials of the Israeli ministry of defense and foreign affairs?

The crisis in South Sudan did not start on December 15th 2013, but long before. During that period the European Union instituted an arms embargo on the country. The mere fact of enlisting and training a private militia such as Mathiang Anyoor should have raised red flags, and be one more reason to prevent sales to the country at large, and to the president’s private militia specifically.

Since January 2016, we petitioned the Israel state attorney and the chief prosecutor demanding an investigation, but unfortunately, they ignored this, while we are now receiving reports that Mathiang Anyoor are involved in ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in the South and Center of South Sudan.

As the Israeli arms are still in possession of Mathiang Anyoor, we can only assume that Israeli weapons will be used once more in a genocide (like in the genocide in Rwanda and in Guatemala).

The petition (in Hebrew)
https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/19726a4b-55aa-4489-a192-ee3c517966d5

The South Sudanese civil societies coalition in Nairobi demand for resuscitation of August peace agreement and replacement of JMEC chairperson Festus Mogae

We the undersigned South Sudanese civil society coalitions in Diasporas calls the peace grantors IGAD, AU, TROIKA and UN Security Council to resuscitate the compromised peace agreement, allow Dr. Riek Machar to come back to South Sudan and join his comrade, president Salva Kiir, to declare unanimous permanent ceasefire in the nation as a viable solution to end hindrance four years political crisis.

In reference to intolerable continuous military offensive between two warring factions and subsequent all-out violations of key provisions of the compromised peace agreement signed in August 17th 2015.

The civil societies are so outraged and frustrated by prejudiced decision from the peace partners of holding Dr. Machar hostage in South Africa without giving any public testimonial to South Sudanese citizens on such disturbing man-made catastrophe that’s detrimental to the country, undermining the citizens’ rights and national democracy.

However, we demand immediate replacement of the chairperson of JMEC, Mr. Festus Mogae, due to his bias performance of being not abiding by the IGAD’s principles and neutrality of international obligations toward the implementation of peace accord since July 8 2016 fighting.

Mr. Mogae failed to condemn and report to UN Security Council all violations of peace agreement such as crimes committed against civilians and serious military offensives in Upper Nile and Equatoria region perpetuated by the two warring factions.

Secondly, his meeting with rebel leader Dr. Machar in South Africa, to declare ceasefire outside of the country while he had already recognized Mr. Taban Deng Gai as the first vice president was a contradictory action to compromised peace agreement.

For permanent ceasefire to be achieved in war-torn South Sudan, IGAD and peace partners should rationally consider and implement this national call without giving any political pre-conditions or delaying tactics.

Failure for regional and international partners to deliberate those magnificent weights, the South Sudanese citizens both at home and Diaspora will forcefully conduct an open-end mass demonstration to express their enshrined constitutional right.

However, we would like to give IGAD one month ultimatum to bring back the parties in conflict on the negotiation table in order to condense the linger suffering of innocent civilians.

We welcome the arrival of the first batch of regional troops in Juba on Sunday 4/30th/2017. And we appeal to international community to expedite the transportation of remaining forces for worthy return of all stakeholders who are part of signatories to the agreement.

Finally, we condemn in the strongest terms the upsurge atrocities committed by army actors engineering regular displacement; aggressive killing and raping of innocent civilians that disrespected both the national and international law.

We are appealing to warring parties to refrain from pursuing destructive military means, rather than to protect civilians and prioritize peaceful co-existence.

BY the following Groups:
1- Achut Foundation (Save the Girl-Child)
2- Congress of South Sudanese Patriots for Peace and Reconciliation
3- South Sudan Peace Coalition, and
4- Youth Pioneers

5/2/2017
Press release

Contacts: +254 733 273 639/+254 728 677 646/+254 792 788 674

A Call for Unity among Western Bahar Ghazal People: From State Governor-SPLM-IO

Press Release, APR/22/2017, SSN;

Whenever people act in unison with one another their strength increases a thousand fold. Therefore it is advisable for the people in Western Bahar Ghazal (WBG) to stay united under the leadership of SPLM-IO, in order for them to effectively liberate their land.

Few of WBG leaders have chosen to defect from the SPLM-IO movement and join other parties. There are several questions that WBG citizens should ask those defectors, to know why they are defecting.

Is the leaderships of the joined parties better than of the SPLM-IO? What are the benefits that they brought to their community of WBG, after joining other parties? What are the benefits that other parties are offering to the people of WBG better than of the SPLM-IO?

And finally the most important question is for how long the WBG leaders will continue to be followers?

The SPLM-IO, under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, has helped and supported the people of WBG several times in the past.

It is unfortunate to quickly forget that the support that’s given by the leadership of SPLM-IO, which led the WBG people to be capable of defending themselves today, is brought to them by the leadership of the SPLM-IO.

How could the WGB leaders take the support that is brought by SPLM/IO and join other movements?

Furthermore, the Western Bahar Al Ghazal Lion Forces WBGLF is entirely organized and given ranks by the SPLM-IO.

Calling SPLA-IO generals, by the leaders and/or activists of other opposition parties, in order to encourage them rebel against the leadership of the SPLM-IO, with attention to recruit from the SPLM-IO members would only serve the interest of president Salva Kiir Mayardit, divide people of South Sudan, prolong the president term in power, and encourage the president to take more South Sudanese innocent lives.

The people of WBG should refuse the unfortunate event that happened in Upper Nile region, to happen in their region. In which Generals Gabriel Gatwech Chan, who is also known as Tanginye, and General Yuanis Okiech were killed, both in fighting with the SPLA-IO troops.

The two Generals were killed as a result of Dr. Lam Akol, the leader of NDM party, encouraging the two SPLA-IO Generals in Upper Nile region to turn their back against the leadership of SPLM-IO.

Over the last years, due to war that Salva Kiir Mayardit is instigating against the people of South Sudan, mothers have lost sons, daughters have lost fathers, and entire families have been murdered.

Tens of thousands have been killed. People are still starving in the South Sudan today. Poverty is still killing children every day. Access to clean water and sanitation is still a problem for thousands.

Unfortunately, politicians and opposition parties after years of failures still are not united to fight the common enemy and to make a difference.

We, the Government Wau Federal State in Opposition, would like to call upon the people of WBG to unite. As a minority in the South Sudan, the importance of unity among the people of WBG can never be overrated. Little drops of water make the mighty ocean and little drops of sand make this vast world.

Hon. Dominic Ukelo
Governor of Wau Federal State in Opposition

Massacre of Civilians by Government in PAJOK and WAU in succession continues unabated: PDM Release

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 17th April 2017;

In just this month alone, South Sudan is again in the news, not just for the ongoing wide spread famine in the country, but because President Salva Kiir’s illegitimate Government is continuing on its path to tear the country’s social fabric apart.

In a succession of fresh massacres of civilians, the SPLA and Mathiang Anyor on 3rd April 2017 attacked Pajok, Eastern Equatoria and conducted public executions of civilians, burning their houses and forcing thousands of them to flee across the border to Uganda.

In Wau on 10th April 2017, Mathiang Anyor militia members went on killing rampage from house to house murdering innocent civilians in reprisal attacks for the losses suffered by high-ranking SPLA military officers in battles with opposition forces!

It has been proven on several occasions that Kiir’s illegitimate government policy is to exact revenge by cold-blooded murders of innocent civilians whenever the regime suffers losses in battle with the opposition.

PDM press releases in recent months repeatedly highlighted similar atrocities in Yei, Wundruba, and several other villages in Equatoria.

PDM strongly condemns in no uncertain terms Salva Kiir’s illegitimate regime crimes of genocide against the people, for which he bears full responsibility and must be held accountable and brought to justice.

PDM calls on the Region, the international community, the UN, the AU and Troika countries to unreservedly condemn President Salva Kiir’s atrocities and genocide against the people, and isolate this illegitimate regime that is denying UNMISS access to Pajok and makes a mockery of its public claims to promoting National Dialogue in the country whilst carrying mass atrocities.

PDM supports immediate actions to prevent and protect against the continuing massacre of innocent civilians with impunity by Kiir’s regime.

The scorched earth policy of premeditated attacks and massacre of civilians in Pajok, Wau, and Kajokeji are abated and aided by the regime’s continuing access to oil revenue, which the regime spends on armament and killing its own people to remain in power and silence all opposition to it.

The UNMISS is unable to protect the people in what has effectively turned into South Sudan becoming the killing fields of President Salva Kiir illegitimate regime.

The UN Security Council, IGAD, JMEC and AU seem impotent to sanction Kiir’s illegitimate regime for the crimes and atrocities it is committing against the people.

Instead of the oil proceeds being used to fend off the widespread famine in the country and feed the people, it is diverted for business interests of Government elites and their partners in crimes in the regional and international system.

PDM urges and calls on China to stand with the people, its oil resource interests in South Sudan are best served not by a murderous and corrupt regime, which cares less about the country’s and it’s own human rights record.

PDM looks to China for support to the country and the people by its solidarity with UN Security Council efforts to impose sanctions on Kiir’s regime, thus not aiding war on the people by the failed Juba regime, and denying it access to millions of dollars from oil that benefits only the regime.

PDM is at pains to note that UNMISS is unable to effectively exercise its protection of civilians mandate, yet it continues to consume resources for not doing its job, and is being obstructed to carry its duty as in Pajok lately, which makes Kiir’s illegitimate regime get its way to cover up its crimes against the people.

As the recipient of aid from many Western countries to enable its peace keeping mandate in South Sudan, including to prevent commission of crimes and genocide against the people, tax payers of resource contributing countries should demand more accountability and results for their money.

PDM takes the position that the failures of leadership and governance that the country is now facing and urgency to ending the civil war can be resolved by committing to a new approach as follows:
• Proceeds from the oil in South Sudan, should be exclusively ring fenced for feeding the population, averting famine and addressing pressing health service sector priorities, and not a single penny to spend on armament or weapons of any kind. The UN Security Council needs to intervene and exercise the responsibility to protect and to avert genocide against the people by the failed illegitimate Juba regime.
• Acknowledgement and recognition that ARCSS implementation has failed, and Salva Kiir’s regime without ARCSS legitimacy is to be isolated by the Region, AU, international community, IGAD and Troika for his prominent role in the collapse of ARCSS and the genocide in the making
• Security Council to enable UNMISS to effectively discharge its protection of civilians mandate unfettered
• An arms embargo on South Sudan; PDM calls upon China and Russia as leading members of the UN Security Council with a veto power, to play their historic role of protecting vulnerable people against all forms of tyranny and oppression, and to refrain from using their legitimate right of veto to protect or lend support to a genocide and collapse of South Sudan under failed President Salva Kiir leadership against the wishes of the people.
• PDM acknowledges and appreciates the role of the Egyptian people, their stand with the people of South Sudan. PDM wishes to appeal to Egyptian leadership to uphold its long standing support to the people of South Sudan, and their interest as it has done since the 1970s, that Egyptian Government refrains from supporting Kiir’s armament to commit massacres of civilians, which undermines Egypt’s own interests in the stability of the country for mutual best interests of both countries.

PDM stands with the suffering and tormented people of South Sudan who continue to endure unimaginable violations of their dignity and human rights by the conspiracy of world silence on Salva Kiir’s regime crimes, while the country desperately needs to direct exploitation of its abundant natural resources to avert famine and salvage the collapsing economy under the corrupt Juba regime.

Dr. Hakim Dario
PDM Chair
Signed: ____________________
CC: UNSC, AU, TROIKA, IGAD, SS Community Leaders, Media Houses
For all comments, queries and opinions please communicate to: press@pdm-rss.org

“The degree of liberty or tyranny in any government is in large degree a reflection of the relative determination of the subjects to be free and their willingness and ability to resist efforts to enslave them.” ― Gene Sharp, From Dictatorship to Democracy

ABOUT PDM: The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) is a popular grassroots Movement formed by concerned South Sudanese in the country and the Diaspora; in response to the political crisis and fast deteriorating economic, humanitarian and security situation in the Republic of South Sudan. It seeks to offer the way forward amid heightened ethnic polarisation and devastating conflict in the country, encouraged and abated primarily by President Salva Kiir’s divisive Government policy, incompetent, oppressive and corrupt leadership.

As Genocide unfolds in South Sudan, much of the world looks away: From S. Sudan Political Opposition Parties

Press Release, APR/17/2017:

In one of the gravest crimes of the 21st century, President Salva Kiir and his regime are wiping out non-Dinka communities through ethnically targeted massacres in Greater Upper Nile, Equatoria and Western Bahr El Ghazal regions.

The unfolding genocide is a repeat of this same regime’s December 2013 Juba massacres of ethnic Nuer civilians, which resulted in reprehensible reprisal attacks against Dinka civilians in other parts of the country.

This chain of events triggered the still on-going civil war that was imposed on the people barely two years after the country gained independence on 9th July 2011.

By definition, genocide is a state-devised plan to annihilate, in whole or in part, minority communities.

Kiir’s regime, with direct participation of the SPLA army and state-sponsored Mathyiang Anyor militia, are carrying out cold-blooded and calculated executions of community and church leaders, torturing and raping civilians and carrying out other dehumanizing acts.

The intention is to violently expel women, children and the elderly from their homes and villages or exterminate them completely.

This odious scourge policy is unprecedented in scale and has serious ramifications for the survival of South Sudan as a country, and peace and security of the region.

As a result of the ongoing massacres by Salva Kiir’s regime, the United Nation reported that 3 million South Sudanese have been uprooted by the violence, resulting in hugely unprecedented displacement of populations from their homes, which is considered to be the biggest cross-border exodus in Africa since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

In addition, Kiir’s regime’s policy of “actively blocking and preventing aid access and using food as a weapon of war , has engineered widespread regime-made famine in the country.

As this murderous campaign unfolds, the Region and the broader international community, for the most part, has stood by, excused the aggressor and justified the inaction of the world on the intransigence of the perpetrator.

This impunity and inaction by the world, which continues under the wrong assumption that such acquiescence will earn the trust and hence entice the cooperation of Juba to behave in a more civilized fashion, has only fueled the genocide.

Emboldened by the sense of no consequences for their actions and transgressions, President Kiir and his regime have gone on rampage killing and destroying the country in total disregard for international law.

A commendable exception to this apparent conspiracy of silence is the honest and accurate assessment by Hon. Priti Patel, British Secretary for International Development who, while in Kampala – Uganda on 12th April 2017, said that “There are massacres taking place, people’s throats are being slit … villages are being burnt out, there’s a scorched-earth policy, … it is tribal, it is absolutely tribal, so on that basis it is genocide.”

This frank admission follows similar conclusion reached in the report of Mr. Adama Dieng, the Special Adviser to UN Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide.

We urge other world leaders to similarly recognize and condemn the genocidal actions of Kiir’s regime; their continued silence and denial only emboldens, encourages and indeed rewards the perpetrators of the crime and punishes their victims.

We urge the region and the international community to urgently investigate, document, prosecute and punish the perpetrators of recent genocide in Wonduruba, Yei, Lainya, Pajok and Kajokeji in Equatoria, Wau in Bahr el-Ghazal, and in all of Upper Nile before appropriate courts or tribunals.

All such targeted killings anywhere of innocent Dinka or non-Dinka civilians are reprehensible and inexcusable and should be subject to the same due legal process.

The Region and broader international community has a moral and legal obligation to prevent genocide and cooperate in prosecuting the perpetrators.

We therefore call upon the AU, the UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council to issue a full, frank, and just acknowledgment of the unfolding genocide as a necessary first step to honor the victims and their families and signal a glimmer of hope for the future.

President Salva Kiir and his regime must be forced to comply and to take full responsibility for their actions and crimes.

Only then can a peaceful political process to end this unprecedented and untold suffering begin.

Signed by:
THE POLITICAL OPPOSITION FORCES, Republic of South Sudan:

The Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement – In Opposition (SPLM –IO)

The Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement – SPLM Leaders (FDs)

The National Democratic Movement (NDM)

The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM)

The South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC)

The National Salvation Front (NAS)

For contact and further information:
Email: jointoppositionpressrelease@gmail.com

Lam’s NDM welcomes British description of crimes against civilians as genocide

APR/13/2017:

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) welcomes and commends the remarks made by the British Secretary of State for International Development, Rt. Hon. Priti Patel on 12th April, in which she described the atrocities committed against innocent civilians in South Sudan as crimes amounting to a genocide.

These remarks come at a time when the dictatorial and genocidal regime of President Kiir has escalated its scotched-earth policy of burning villages and killing of other nationalities across the country based purely on their ethnicity, particularly in Upper Nile, Equatoria and recently in Wau town, Western Bahr el Ghazal.

The Juba regime has sadly decided to condemn large portion of South Sudanese population to death through starvation by adopting the policy of using food as a weapon of war.

On numerous occasions the dictatorial and genocidal regime of Kiir has impeded and blocked the delivery of the much needed humanitarian assistance reaching their intended destinations in the famine affected areas.

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) believes these actions amount to crimes against humanity and the regime must be held accountable for the death of civilians resulting from such inhuman policies.

We also call upon the international community especially, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) African Union (AU) IGAD and Torika to come up with a robust action plan of preventing the government of South Sudan from committing further genocide against innocent civilians.

The regional and sub-regional organizations have been silent in condemning or taking tangible
actions against the dictatorial and genocidal regime in Juba.

It is time to stand with the innocent children, women and elderly being killed on daily basis by their own regime because of their tribal affiliations.

As much as we acknowledge the notion that African problems need African solutions, nevertheless, we are disappointed that IGAD has not lived up to the expectations of South Sudan
people, in condemning the continuous government’s atrocities which have now reached unprecedented level of genocide.

How long will the region bury its head in the sand while innocent south Sudanese are perishing at the hands of their own government?

The bold determination of the U.K. that the situation in South Sudan amounts to genocide confirms the fear expressed earlier by the UN SG’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and must be taken seriously.

We appeal to all countries to break silence and follow their conscience as the U.K. has done.

THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (NDM);
Long live the struggle of our People
Long live South Sudan
A luta continua
Amb. Emmanuel Aban
For/ the Spokesman,
The National Democratic Movement (NDM)
Email: ojwokj@hotmail.com

Bakosoro’s SSNMC troubled by Kiir’s barbaric Parajok massacre

The Chairman of South Sudan National Movement for Change [SSNMC), Col. Joseph Bangasi
Bakosoro and the entire leadership are deeply troubled by the barbaric door-to-door massacre of
innocent civilians conducted on 04th April 2017 by the SPLA and its affiliated tribal militia known as Mathiang Anyoor in Acholi Land (Parajok) County of Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan.

These heinous crimes of genocide, rape of women and children, looting and destruction to
properties in Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile cannot go without the knowledge
of the world.

It is worth noting that this barbaric act by the regime is a clear message to the regional leaders and indeed the whole world that President Salva Kiir cannot be trusted in whatever statement of commitments to peace he made, therefore he and his JCE are not ready for peace.

The world is reminded that, on 25th March 2017, at the IGAD summit held in Nairobi Kenya, President Salva Kiir announced a unilateral ceasefire and offered amnesty to all the oppositions while calling upon all actors to join the national dialogued.

However, no one would have expected that barely two weeks later, the same President Salva Kiir has unleashed his tribal militia against innocent civilians in the Acholi land in Pajok where thousands of civilians has been brutally murdered, tortured, and properties either looted or destroyed.

It is to be noted that any government that kills its own civil population cannot claim to be
legitimate. This killing is part of planned genocide perpetrated against the people of Equatoria, Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile.

The SSNMC leadership and the entire members condemn in the strongest terms possible this
barbaric and senseless massacre of innocent civilians in Pajok, Kajokeji and other parts of the
country.

We call upon President Salva Kiir to halt the on-going military operations against
civilians in Kajo keji, Yei and other parts of the country forthwith.

The SSNMC further calls on the international community, the regional bodies and all concerned
peace loving people to intervene to stop the looming genocide in South Sudan and work for a
speedy genuine and lasting peace.

Given the escalating violence in South Sudan, we urged the international community and the
regional body, IGAD, to agree with us that there is no peace in the county therefore, the need for renegotiation of peace that is inclusive and comprehensive becomes inevitable.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 6, 2017
Contact: Daniel Zingifuaboro
Phone: +61474047016
Email: Daniel.isbon@gamil.com

SPLM/O-IO, New Zealand, condemns the biased IGAD Nairobi Heads of State Latest Meeting

Press Statement; Ref: 02/17, March 28, 2017:

The office of the Representative of the SPLM/A-IO to New Zealand has strongly condemned the position of IGAD 30th Extra-ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government held on March 25, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Nairobi Communique of the Summit of the IGAD Summit on South Sudan deviates from the truth and does not reflect the reality on the ground.

The Nairobi Communique released by the Members of the Heads of State and Government is nothing more than rallying support for President Salva Kiir Mayardit to continue his agenda of war on the innocent people of South Sudan.

The forces of the SPLM in Government have recently intensified their atrocities against civilians and blocked food aid to the people of Leer and Mayiandit, in Bentiu. Unity State. However, there has been no single time where IGAD Member State condemns President Kiir’s atrocities that he continues to commit on his people; the IGAD has blessed him to do more harm than good instead of intervening as a regional bloc that works for peace in the region.

As much as IGAD praised President Salva Kiir in article 4 in the Communique, this does not require a rocket scientist to know that IGAD participatory voice in South Sudan conflict is to protect the perpetrator in order to destabilize the country. The IGAD Communique is unwarranted, biased, and would damage the spirit of peace in South Sudan.

It is to be recalled that some member States of IGAD such as Uganda fully and actively involved in active combat (2013 and 2014) in South Sudan and used toxic cluster bombs as documented in 61-page of UN human rights report in 2014.

The recent concluded Nairobi Communique of the IGAD Summit on South Sudan is the return of President Yoweri Museveni to the war in South Sudan but in a different footage.

The world must be informed that IGAD the region is not working for the welfare of South Sudanese people but their demise. The people of South Sudan will never see the light of peace unless the region has abandoned its selfish interest in war ravaged nation.

Likewise, anything that delays the return of peace to South Sudan is for the best interest of IGAD as its tactics are to impede, obstruct and disrupt peaceful solution of the South Sudan conflict.

In all of its 8 points in the Nairobi Communique, the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government GAD did not mention SPLM/A-IO by name as if does not exist, this is contrary to the reality that Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition under wise leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny is the largest revolutionary struggle in Africa and beyond. SPLM/A-IO adheres to resuscitation of ARCSS.

The SPLM/A-IO advocates for peace and believes in peaceful settlement of the conflict in South Sudan. IGAD as a regional bloc has no interest bring about peace, and has no intention to urge President Salva Kiir Myardit to stop his forces from raping women, forcefully displacing people from their homes and refrain from denying humanitarian aid to the populations in need.

Similarly, IGAD finds it difficult to tell Kiir off for the crimes he commits because South Sudan oil revenues made President Salva Kiir and IGAD two peas in one pod.

Overall, the steps that have been taken by the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held on March 25, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya are the buying time tactics that are aimed to delay the resuscitation of Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. The language of exclusivity used by IGAD is the language of war-mongering. Unless the tone is changed, it cannot bring stability to war-torn nation.

Gatluak Pal Chuol
SPLM/A-IO Representative to New Zealand