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Nuer Community petition against IGAD actions: To African Union

TO: AFRICA UNION COMMISSION OF INQUIRY (AUCI)

The Commissioner,

SUBJECT: NUER COMMUNITY PETITION AGAINST IGAD ACTIONS:

The Greater Upper Nile communities, particularly the Nuer condemned the IGAD Countries actions in the strongest term possible. Then, the entire Nuer community world-wide termed this act as ‘IGAD BLOOD- BATH PROJECT’ rather than what is believed to be a ‘proposal toward peace document’ in South Sudan crisis on Monday, 25thAugust, 2014 A.D.

Prior a well manufactured, planned, incited and organized killing of Nuer by Kiir- Museveni in mid-December in South Sudan, IGAD countries earlier failed to settle within its territories and beyond.

Look at how Sudan is going through,

Look at how Ethiopia is going through,

Look at how Kenya is going through,

Look at how Eritrea is going through although it withheld its membership from IGAD Countries for accusing its members of being toothless without actions,

Look at how Somalia is going through since 1991 which stabilized in 2013.

The worst of all, Uganda since early 1980s, especially a possible genocide launched against the Acholi people of Northern Uganda by Museveni regime for burning down houses into ashes for nearly 30 years.

The toothless IGAD, what can it achieve in South Sudan? So, amongst these countries elites, two are facing ICC charges and others are awaiting possible charges soon from the International Criminal Court ( ICC ) for Capital Crimes committed against people they claimed to have been ruling in their respective countries. Then, the biggest question was: can these elites be able to work for a peaceful resolution in South Sudan while charged for crimes committed against their own citizens? Think critically here……. If people failed to see, but the Almighty God in Heavens is watching!

Whereas before the December, 15 crisis: it was on Martyr Day, 30 July, 2013 after Dr. Machar was removed by Kiir from office on 23 July, 2013. President Museveni of Uganda was invited as the Chief Guest of occasion, during his speech; he lashed at Machar as somebody whose teeth have a gap between cannot grind well. He described Machar as somebody who does not see far for grooming for power. He told Kiir to use his style of leadership in Uganda when he ( Museveni ) was getting rid of the educated class in Uganda.

Thereafter in early September, 2013 Museveni started deploying troop to South Sudan in pretext that it was a join mission to patrol border areas between Uganda-South Sudan against Lord Resistance Army (LRA). While the initial troop was purposely to train Gelweng (militia) particularly drawn from Bhar el Gazal or private army of Kiir at his cattle camp in Luri near Juba, trained purposely to wiped off Nuer.

On 19 December, 2013 after the crisis, the second troop to South Sudan was deployed by Museveni in pretext to rescue Ugandans, protect the government of RSS from falling and prevent the possible genocide from occurring. The Nuer Community believed that Museveni had planned, incited and organized the genocide against Nuer because of his words and actions about South Sudan. Precisely, what were the interests of Museveni in South Sudan?

· President Museveni believed to have hijacked the leadership of Republic of South Sudan from Kiir;

· Key business sectors and NGOs fully occupied by IGAD natives, mainly Ugandans;

· Headquarters of United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Entebbe, Uganda. Why?

Question: Had elites worked for peace in their respective countries other than South Sudan?

Dictatorship:

Well, during the Modern Nationalism and New States in Africa as of 1935 to date, the elites had claimed to have been fighting for “freedom, liberty, justice, equality and pursue of happiness” across the Africa Continent. Indeed, as a result many African Countries gained independence from the Colonial masters in early 1960s-1970s which initially accused of squandering Continental resources. Because of what was termed as “early wind” which shall blow across the continent by the founding fathers like Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Kwame Nkuruma of Ghana, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and David Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia who had envisioned the Pan-Africanism Project, these elites actually had Africa at hearts and real freedom fighters!

Eventually, soon after enjoyed freedoms, some turned wild far more than the colonial masters.

Look at how Zaire (DRC) under Maboto Sese Siko had gone through!

Look at how Ethiopia under Col.Mengistu Haile Mariam had gone through!

Look at how Uganda under Idi Amin Dada had gone through!

Finally, at look how Northern, Central & Western African Countries are going through! A lot and thorough work need to be done by the Africa and its people. Africa should be a leading continent by its citizens and NOT ruled by the so called LEADERS! Just to mention a few.

The worst of all dictators in the 21st Century, Museveni and Mugabe of Zimbabwe who spent nearly 30years in Office who hardly give voice for changes in their respective countries ; henceforth, far more than ever before Museveni appeared to be the best Philosopher of Democracy in Africa, particularly IGAD Countries.

We quote from the most famous speaker of the 21st Century during 2008 US Presidential Election Victory; he said,” change will not come if you wait for some other person(s) or some time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” – Barack Obama,

Profoundly, for where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. It is obvious that in most African Countries crimes against humanity, killings and other abuses, particularly in IGAD States which make them afraid of one day they might be held accountable for the same crimes committed in their respective Countries.So, we once again quote, “truth and truth alone will obtain a lasting victory” – Antoine Nicholas,

We, the Nuer people shared the same vision with the Founders of Africa Union (fathers) in regard to “justice, equality, liberty, freedom and pursue of happiness”. Ever since the inception of Government of Southern Sudan ( GOSS ) in 2005 to 14 December, 2013 where random shootings, killings, theft, lootings and other capital crimes committed in Juba while none ever been brought into book due to impunity for one reason or another. Who cares for justice and rule of law in Juba or Republic of South Sudan? Look! Prior what is known as “THE 2013 JUBA MASSACCRE” on Nuer there were also events that had occurred.

· Government of South Sudan committed crimes against Chollo ( Shilluk people ) in 2008-2009 by killings, raping girls, women, looting livestock and burnt down villages into ashes while displacing thousands to live as IDPs in North Sudan;

· The same government turned against people of Bull in Unity State after results of 2010 Elections, accusing natives there as aligning with Col. James Gatluak Gai, killing people, looting livestock, burnt down houses and displacing thousands more;

· Again, killing people of Lwac people of Khorfulus Payam, accusing them aligning with General, George Athor when rebelled against the government in Juba after results declared in favour of Gen. Kuol Manyang Juuk. Government organized targeted killings, mass rape of girls,women, looting of livestock, burnt down of villages and displaced many more;

· The worst of all government of South Sudan committed atrocities and killing at Kaldak during the Integration Process of the former SAF Nuer soldiers into SPLA ranks and file , where many innocent men, women and children were killed in pretext that the same forces were about to return the Tanks and heavy artilleries to North Sudan;

· Then, finally, another killing was of Murle of Pibor County, which most analysts believed to have scaled “genocide” against Murle tribe.

The essence was, based on the above facts, the government of South Sudan under Kiir turned deaf ears on the mentioned crimes against its citizens without accountability. Henceforth, South Sudanese under him have suffered far than the liberation struggle; and/or, we seek an angel to govern South Sudan!

Question: Was terror and tyranny of Kiir against its citizens been tackled by the IGAD?

State Emergency:

Soon after the retake of Malakal town by the government of South Sudan, Kiir declared the State of Emergency for the greater Upper Nile States (Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile States). Then, indiscriminate killing of people continued for months without being questioned.

Question: Had the State of Emergency been lifted or extended?

The Africa problems by Africans Solutions Scenario:

When Kiir and his government committed the killing of Nuer from house-to-house in Juba, none of the International Community, including IGAD countries intervene into well-founded, planned, incited, and organized crime on earth against Nuer people. First and foremost, based on the Press release Statements by Special Envoys on South Sudan Conflict, they already fuelled and abused the power entrusted to them by the world at large by failing to address the root causes of the conflict. In solving any equation, you can’t just jump into solution, you first show out the problem on your paper work then, you finally have the solution of it. “A problem is a problem, and you can’t have a solution without solving the problem”. IGAD chose to be part of problem right from the beginning as its leaders were calling to help Kiir fighting the rebellion in South Sudan. This statement decision was not changed yet. It was proved on the ground when members of IGAD countries were fighting alongside government troop against SPLM/A-IO. It’s hard to solve a problem when you are part of the problem itself. As the dew waters the leaf in a yard, and as a shoot penetrates against the sunlight, the entire Nuer community was glancing how processes were going through in Addis Ababa on Peace Talks. Why afraid of addressing the root cause of a conflict? “A problem can be a problem if failed to identify it”. Why jumped into conclusion by only concentrating only in Transitional Government? Who told you that Nuer wants power from Kiir? Just for your information, Nuer held key government position until now across the country, there was a problem, and this problem it’s the mediators to ask the government of what initiates this chaos in South Sudan? It’s the government to explain better the root cause of a problem. Thus, it’s Chairman, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin said, “Now the Matrix is signed, none of these warring parties have any excuse to once again initiate violence”. He continued, “in the midst of this crisis, if the parties have the luxury to initiate war, aggravate the situation, definitely the region, the African Union and International Community will not tolerate that. This is what they should know” We once again quote from him,” we call on the warring parties, particularly the SPLM/A-IO because they have not signed on the Protocol” said the mediator. “That shall not be used as a pretext to initiate violence and to violate CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES Agreement in full”. “We want them to fully honor that”, he stressed. “It is incumbent on them to end killing and violence”.

More importantly, the Ambassador has forgotten that Nuer contributed in blood to the freedom he is enjoying today in Ethiopia otherwise he forgot background of the existence Ethiopian history. Nuer joined with the Ethiopians to liberate Ethiopia from the colonial masters, mainly Italy.

· In 1896 Nuer helped Ethiopian won the BATTLE OF ADWA;

· Nuer helped fought the Italy right from SOBAT RIVER, currently ( Ulang, Nasir, Longechuk and Maiwut counties) and driven it to the Red Sea;

· In 1997 the Nuer again help fought Ethiopia at the well-known bloody border war with Eritrea which led to victory at the “BATTLE OF BADIME”, and its territory or border town ( Badime ) was ruled in favor of Ethiopia by the International Community;

What one say if independent countries, like Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Burundi, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and other hired mercenaries against a tribe. Like the Nuer prevailed in 18s Century against the colonial masters, they shall once again prevail in the 21st Century; victory is certain! When Kiir declared this crisis as it was between Dinka vs. Nuer, we only saw the above mentioned countries and their mercenaries who came thousands of thousands miles away from South Sudan at the battle field. Where were Dinka in the war front? If can just ask, what do these countries been fighting Nuer for? Why coming from thousands miles away to just fight a tribe? The Nuer community would want International community thoroughly investigate the involvement of these countries into a tribal or internal war. Hence, these countries have caused the following:

· Involved in the mass killings, rapes of girls, women, killing of livestock, burning down of houses into ashes, and many more crimes committed;

· The use of Cluster bombs and other chemical weapons on Nuer people, especially Uganda’s UPDF;

· Any future hazard on Nuer environment, diseases, famine and/or other disasters, the above countries be held accountable for their actions;

The so known as IGAD countries never care for peaceful resolution into crisis rather than adding the fuel on it because of the following:

· IGAD countries controlled the economic sector of South Sudan;

· IGAD citizens controlled the business sectors across the country;

· IGAD wanted refugees in its respective countries for provision of;

· Adequate services that might benefited its citizens, e.g. food Aid

· Employment from UN agencies and NGOs for their citizens;

· Empowerment of skills, trainings, workshops for their citizens;

· Construction of more schools, clinics, bridges and roads in their respective countries;

Based on the above facts and interests, can IGAD really negotiate faithfully for the South Sudan conflict?

Furthermore, Nuer wants this war to end immediately without delay. We quote from Dr. Machar, he said, “I would use this genocide committed against Nuer by Kiir and his government as a road map, reconciliation and peace to unite people in South Sudan, and should not be a tool to divide the nation as a whole”. Nuer never have heard a word of reconciliation from Kiir since THE DECEMBER 2013 JUBA GENOCIDE. He being the head of state, the primary and sole responsibility and peace in a country lies on him. Kiir would have done more than anybody so that peace prevails in a country.

Question: Was root causes that led to crisis in South Sudan been tackled by IGAD?

Peaceful Resolution as a Way forwards to Peace in South Sudan:

Nuer community wants to end this war peacefully in South Sudan. For the sake of peace, Nuer abandoned their areas for other places like Ethiopia because government under Kiir continues launching more offensive on Nuerland as now. So, we would again use the previous word that that” even a Nuer man at the cattle camp can be able to solve this crisis if puts at its venue, this was what we wanted IGAD to have done thus far”.

1. That Kiir stepped down from power for sake of peace and crimes he committed against people, that the healing and reconciliation process starts in across the country, the voices of citizens called for that;

2. Then, accountability begins for the crimes committed;

3. Open the way for healing, reconciliation, forgiveness and peaceful resolutions for people of South Sudan;

4. Unconditional withdrawal of foreign forces in South Sudan soil;

5. Formation of whatever government you might have called it be possible in South Sudan;

6. Establishment of Tribunal Court in South Sudan soon after the transitional government in order to deal with capital crimes committed during the war whether government or opposition side;

7. Unconditional compensation for people of greater upper Nile state, mainly the Nuer for the loss of their property across the country including Juba;

8. Change of a Venue of Peace Talks if IGAD fails to reach a consensus in dealing with conflict issues in Addis Ababa as it’s seen now;

9. South Sudan carries old wounds of wars which needs careful and very committed negotiations, not like the IGAD one, since 1820-2011 ( independence of South Sudan) that makes 191 years old with various wars fought, one tribe against the other for nearly 2 Century ( inter-communal fighting and cattle-raiding among the tribes) in South Sudan;

10. Involvement of IDPs in the UNMISS POCs Sites in Juba, Bentiu, Bor & Malakal to Peace Talks in Addis Ababa because their voices matter most in the negotiations, their presence can helps in peaceful process;

None, but not the least, the Nuer community once call the International Community, especially the United Nations Security Council ( UNSC ), United Nations Secretary-General, United Nations on Human Rights, South Sudan Friends, IGAD Partners, the TROIKA if the above points failed to be tackled, the Nuer would opt for a separate GREATER UPPER NILE STATE ( Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei) as an independent from the rest of South Sudan; and that could be possible if care is not taken in this scenario. Good examples were Cyprus, Kurds in Northern Iraq and Somalia Land. Should South Sudan become ungovernable or failed state as things stand now; Nuer can opt for a referendum or something else afterwards.

Recommendation: Unity of South Sudan is possible if the above issues are tackled in the negotiations.

NUER UNION,

UNMISS MALAKAL POC SITE

DATE WED, 10 SEPTEMBER, 2014 A.D

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A Short Film Series – ‘IN MY TRIBE I BELIEVE’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Calgary, AB – September 23, 2014 – Telling community’s stories in a manner that reflects the actual voice of the community and in a manner that helps the community tackle its problems fosters the community’s positive standing in any socio-political arena. A community should be known by what it offers not by the perennial negativity in the media.

In Calgary, Alberta, a group of South Sudanese, led by South Sudanese author and writer, Kuir ë Garang, have decided to initiate a series of short films to tackle different issues in the community. The first topic the group started with is TRIBALISM, a topic South Sudanese are very much familiar with.

However, the films don’t deal with the obvious aspects of tribalism but on the subtle aspects of tribalism we usually ignore and which keep the evil of tribalism alive.

The series, “IN MY TRIBE I BELIEVE,” follows the story of the rocky relationship between Duku and Yar in relation to how young people exploit tribe in relationships without knowing that they are contributing to the very problems South Sudan is facing.

The films are meant to help South Sudanese communities all over the world to look at themselves and see how they are contributing to the evil of tribalism and how they could help in combating it. With no doubt, we tend to subconsciously discriminate based on our tribes; however, we deny it unless our actions are clearly pointed out to us.

The first two episodes of the series are now available online. Anyone can watch them on
• YouTube: www.youtube.com/kuirthiytv
• On the producer’s website: www.kuirthiy.info
• On the films’ blog: http://tribalprejudgment.blogspot.ca

The films are written and produced by Kuir ë Garang, a South Sudanese author and writer living in Calgary, Alberta. They star the following young South Sudanese: Julia Daniel, Ruth Waiwai, Nyabuoy Gatbel and many more as the series develops.

Any questions can be directed to
contactnilepress@gmail.com
kuirthiy@kuirthiy.info

Cueibet County Community’s position on the ongoing crises in Lakes State

Date 22, Sept. 2014

To the government and the people of the Republic of South Sudan: Press Release

Mindful of our historically consistent and effective contributions to the cause of struggles and independence of the people of South Sudan; fully committed in supporting rule of law, democratic principles and democratically elected system of governance in the Republic of South Sudan; profoundly saddened by the ongoing blood-letting in the country both in the theatre of the political war of rebellion and in localized inter-community feuds,

We, the community of Cueibet county in Lakes state, the country at large and throughout the world do hereby condemn in the strongest terms possible:

1. Targeted killing of innocent people on the roads in private or public passenger vehicles, on motorbikes, on foot, in their homes, on their farms or in anywhere they are found;
2. We strongly reject any form of violence against anyone anywhere in the Republic of South Sudan in general and in Lakes state in particular.
3. We call upon all the feuding community groups or clans in Lakes State to cease all acts of violence, revenge or counter-revenge against one another; we urge them to reconcile and live in peace and harmony and unity as one people one nation!
4. We express our strong feeling of indignation on the way innocent town dwellers have been treated in their supposedly state capital Rumbek; people who have nothing to do with whatever transpired in the hands of individual criminals were forced to flee into places of safety for their own dear lives, and by the gangs of tribal fanatics who took it upon themselves to terrorize and instill fear in the citizens of the state.

Therefore, we hereby call upon the Caretaker Governor, Major General Matur Chuut Dhuol and his state government to use everything in their power to restore law and order in the capital Rumbek and ensure that all those citizens of Cueibet County or any others who feel threatened and insecure in their own homes and sought protection in UNMISS Compounds and Police stations are accorded due protection by the state government and enabled to return to their homes and resume their routine employment or business activities.

Failure to do so will call into question the viability and long term existence of political union between the people of greater Cueibet and greater Rumbek as the seat of the state’s Political power!

We further call for a comprehensive disarmament without any exception, of all the communities in Lakes state, Warrap and any other neighboring community groups who pose or may pose security risks to the disarmed communities.

Nonetheless, any disarmament exercise must be carried out within the confines of the rule of law and human dignity respected by the authorities and forces involved.

This is so because past disarmament exercises were done in a way which amounted to double standards, discriminatory in nature and abused some community groups at the expense of others who were and still are equally notorious in misusing arms they possess, causing insecurity in the region and sabotaging developmental activities.

In the same spirit, we urge all the people of Lakes state not to lose sight of their rich and historical contributions in developmental and political affairs of South Sudan; it is high time the people of the state in all their diversity begin to make a deep soul-searching reflection on what went wrong and begin to unite efforts to restore their loss glory, dignity and respect among the people of the Republic of South Sudan.

Last but not least, we appreciate the swift response by the national government which ordered its security apparatus to make the issue of security in Lakes state a priority; this response was long overdue.

We particularly appreciate the Minister of Interior and Wildlife Conservation, Honorable Aleu Ayieny Aleu’s efforts in regard to Lakes state crises and commends every positive step that he is taking to restore rule of law in the state and beyond.

We hereby assure the Honorable Minister, the government and the people of the Republic of South Sudan that the Cueibet Community is peace loving and conscious of their historical stances in the collective interests of, and with their people in South Sudan.

The community has always stood tall and proud in fighting for and defending national aspirations of the people of South Sudan.

Therefore, we stand ready to join hands with the government of the people for the people and by the people to safeguard national integrity and cultivate peace, harmony and unity of purpose among the people of South Sudan in general and Lakes state in particular.

Long live the peace and unity among the people of South Sudan; long live the aspirations of the people of Lakes state and South Sudanese in general.

Signed on behalf of the Cueibet community worldwide:
1. Deng Mayom Manyang
2. Deng Mador Koch Dengdit
3. Samuel Wel Maciek Major

Texas Chapter SPLM-in-Opposition: We’ll fight Kiir’s dictatorship

Date: September 22, 2014
Subject: Press Release
To: South Sudanese World Wide
From: The Texas SPLM Office in Opposition, SSN;

Dear Fellow South Sudanese,
In the last eight months we have been on the trail of the tragedy that stroked our country in December 15, 2013 to reach an informed decision. We did our homework to know the causes of the tragic event and concluded that there was no coup, but rather a “Consolidation of Power” and a conspiracy to block Dr. Riek Machar from contesting the presidency in 2015 and purge the rest of his group from political activities.

The coup was a “Bloody Lie” but the innocent Dr. Machar was demonized all over the country and the world by the President and his government. What was Dr. Machar’s crime? Was it asking for reforms inside the SPLM Party or asking for Democracy?!

The bloody lie brought foreign troops into the country to kill South Sudanese. The fabricated coup cost the South Sudanese people especially the Nuer community tremendous suffering and loss of lives in the thousands.

Since the Bloody Lie, the country had been in crisis and the crisis has become a national concern and no longer limited to Kiir and Machar, or Nuer vs Dinka.

Instead it is now a fight against the dictatorship of Salva Kiir and his henchmen. The lack of confidence in the government and the loss of trust among the people of South Sudan are now endangering the unity of our new country.

The establishment of dictatorship and Somalization of South Sudan is in the making. Like Somalia, tribes in South Sudan are arming themselves for survival and self-defense.

Instead of our government creating a peaceful environment to help South Sudanese people outgrow tribalism and promote “One nation and one people” as they like to say on SSTV, the government is turning the clock back to “Tribal South Sudan.”

Sadly, the President of the Republic of South Sudan himself, asked the Dinkas of Lakes State to not fight among themselves but rather to fight their enemy, the Nuers!!!

We the members of the SPLM Chapter in the State of Texas have been hoping and praying since 2011 for the SPLM-led Government of South Sudan and the SPLM Party to improve and reform to realize the dreams of the patient people of South Sudan.

We have been the apologists and been hoping against hope, but we can’t continue doing this anymore. The Kiir-led Government and Party are becoming dangerous and are endangering all the gains that South Sudanese had achieved through huge sacrifices.

We are hereby denouncing the leadership of Salva Kiir and pledging our allegiance to the SPLM-in-Opposition under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar, our hope for a Free, Just, Federal and Democratic South Sudan.

Why shift allegiance?
The indomitable people of South Sudan waged a half century “Liberation War” at a huge cost of 3.5 million martyrs for Liberty, Justice and Dignity.

We did not sacrifice so much to replace a master with another master, nor an oppressor with an oppressor. We did not come this far to put up with a self-centered genocidal government that exterminate anyone perceived as a threat to its hold on power.

Under the leadership of Salva Kiir, misgovernment and excessive crimes are committed against the people of South Sudan including murder, torture, rape, looting government coffers, robbing properties of minority groups with an unprecedented impunity.

Nobody is safe or beyond the reach of the National Security forces. Night break-ins, armed robberies and killings are in play every night.

The SPLM elites are making themselves rich by looting the government coffers. The SPLA commanders and their armies of bodyguards are terrorizing the citizens and violently grabbing ancestral lands from the defenseless villagers.

Their reason, “we liberated you so we can do with you as we wish”. Real freedom fighters shouldn’t expect to be paid or rewarded for their principled stand against injustice.

If freedom fighters are to be paid, how about starting with our martyrs who paid the ultimate sacrifice? All these crimes are happening under the leadership of Salva Kiir and he is doing nothing about it.

We the new Texas SPLM-in-Opposition Chapter will be the voice of the defenseless and suffering people of South Sudan. Our voice will be capable of conveying the true wishes of our masses without being intimidated by Dictator Salva Kiir and his security apparatus.

We will stand and pursue the following to the bitter end:
1. Liberty, justice, equality, dignity, and the unity of South Sudanese people.
2. Forcing Salva Kiir and his followers to step down and make way for the formation of an Impartial and Representative Interim Government.
3. Establishing a Democratic Federal System of Governance. A path for a just, secure, law abiding, developed and peaceful South Sudan where the agenda is controlled and dictated by the people.
4. Respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms of the individual, tolerance and coexistence of the culturally diverse South Sudanese tribes.

Despite the current horrendous crisis, the suffering people of South Sudan will prevail over Salva Kiir’s Dictatorship. We the SPLM-in-Opposition will rise to meet this national challenge and shall become the guiding model for the rest of Africa.

When we said a “Liberation War” we meant every word to the letter – we will fight to be free or die trying. It is divine, “Good will always conquer Evil” and justice will prevail in South Sudan.

Long live the indomitable people of South Sudan!
Long live the Federal Republic of South Sudan!
Long live the SPLM-in-Opposition and its Leadership!

May God bless Dr. Riek Machar with wisdom and courage to lead South Sudan out of this dark tunnel!

The struggle continues, and victory to the people of South Sudan!

Signatories:
1. John Paulino Lado, Chairperson
2. Gatjang Matai Deng, Deputy Chairperson
3. Alphonse Kenyi, Secretary General
4. David Mai Tang, Deputy Secretary General
5. James Ruach Dual, Secretary for Finance
6. Alice Oreste, Deputy Secretary for Finance
7. Charles Deng, Secretary for Information and Mobilization
8. Daniel Lolik, Deputy Secretary for Information and Mobilization
9. Mary Juma Sestilio, Secretary for Women Affairs
10. Mary Lungu, Deputy Secretary for Women Affairs
11. Gabriel Shallbreak, Secretary for Youth Affairs
12. Mele Becu Pitia, Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs
13. Paul Biel Bichiok, Secretary for Crisis Management

Gaajaak Community in Ethiopia: Refuting fabricated defections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bol Ruac Rom, Chairman, Gaajaak Community, ADDIS ABABA, SEP/22/2014, SSN;

We, the Gaajaak Community members of Sudan’s People Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) in liberated areas, do hereby issue this press statement to refute the fabricated defection allegations of Major General Sadam Chayot Manyang and Cde. Bith Thiyang Yuot published by Tut Tongyik Gach on Greater Upper Nile Youth Forum, Salvatore Kiir Must Go social media and Nyamilepedia Website on September 18th, 2014.

After consultation with the allegedly accused General and the former Advisor in the Upper Nile Government on sat-phone by the Chairman of Gaajaak Community this Sunday morning, the duo had assured the general public in response to the fabricated lies on social media that “they are committed to fight the dictatorship regime through blood and Iron until their last bullet, those who contrive and mobilize on white lies are enemy of Federal Democracy and must be dealt with brutally”.

Maj. General Sadam Chayot Manyang went on to say, quote, “I will never spare the life of such blood sucker elements that live a gossip-life between towns and cities anywhere I meet them, unquote.”

We, the Gaajaak Community in liberated areas, would like to construe self-claimed defection of Yiey Puoch Lur, Andrew Bang Puk, Monyjiak Loang Kawkaw, Gatbel Ruot Gach, David Ruon Chan, Taidor Kojili and two others from Nasir and Ulang Counties appeared on SSTV yesterday as cheap betrayal to the cause of thousands innocent’s Nuer blood slaughtered, roasted and carcasses by SPLM-Juba.

The Chief traitor lost his younger sister, Nyachan Puoch Lur and her four kids, whose dear lives perished on January 18th, 2014 in Malakal by the same regime he claimed to have re-defected to. The group had lived a dichotomy between hunger and titles for months forcing them to switch their allegiance unconditionally.

In defense of former Minister Yiey Puoch Lur, who could no longer run to safe haven like any other senior government officials while in Canal, this community lost two brave sons, Simon Dobuol Tongyik, D/Director of Malakal River Transport and a Pvt. Bichiok Thowat Nyal, who were killed on January 11th and 14th, 2014 respectively.

“God, curse those who betray thousands innocent blood and Let the blood of fallen South Sudanese People bring into existence a Federal Democratic South Sudan.”

Chief traitor and his group, do you think trading with blood of family members and relatives to compensate for Luxury cars, blood money and a decent Job titles in a tribal, dictatorial and murderous regime like Juba is not demise on earth? Without hooks and crooks, you have blown up your own empire in this community until the days of the Tora.

GAAJAAK COMMUNITY IN ETHIOPIA,
CHAIRMAN BOL RUAC ROM,
Email: bromruac@gmail.com
Phone: 251 9 38 94 3233

Condemning Kiir’s facist regime: PR from MPs & SPLA Officers

Nairobi- Kenya
7th June 2014

FROM: MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FROM THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN AND SOME ARMY OFFICERS (CURRENTLY IN NAIROBI-KENYA).

SUBJECT: CONDEMNATION OF SALVA KIIR’S FACIST DICTATORIAL REGIME IN JUBA.

We take this opportunity to humbly inform the press and the Public in general that we have decided to condemn Salva Kiir’s dictatorial regime in Juba and join the forces of opposition for many reasons among which are the following:

1. The Parliament in Juba is a rubber stamp institution of Dictator Salva Kiir Mayardid. It is totally controlled and dominated by the President. He appoints the leadership of the Parliament (The Speakers, the deputy Speakers, Chairpersons of specialized standing committees etc). He also appointed 60% of the members of Council of states and 48% of the National Legislative Assembly. Important motions such as those against massive corruption are killed and the proposers are threatened with death e.g.

• The stealing of 4.2 billion dollars by 75 government Ministers and other important government officials; the dura (sorghum) saga whereby 6 billion pounds of the government were shared by corrupt tribesmen etc.

• The President dictates on parliament when it comes to the vetting of his appointees for Ministerial positions, the cases in point are Telar Deng (Presidential Advisor) and James Wani Igga (the current Vice President). When parliament for good reasons rejected the appointment of Telar Deng as Minister of Justice, the President got angry and decided to impose Telar as his Legal Advisor. He threatened to dissolve parliament if it had rejected the appointment of James wani Igga as vice President in September 2013. He threatened to send them to look for food in the streets by dissolving Parliament. So Parliament passed Wani’s appointment without debate.

• Since 2005 the executive has not been transparent and it has not been held accountable to parliament because the President would not allow that to happen.

2. Tribal domination of the government institutions
From 2005 to date all government institutions have been dominated by one tribe Salva Kiir’s tribe, the Dinka).

Examples are:
• Minister of Defense
• Minister of Interior
• Army chief of staff
• Director of Security
• Director of Military intelligence
• Inspector General of Police
• Director of Passports and immigration
• Governor of the Central bank
• Chief Justice and Senior judges etc.

3. Poor government performance
In the last nine years of Salva Kiir’s rule government (2005-2014) government performance has been dismal indeed.

Government employees are unqualified and inexperienced tribesmen and women. The Public service in efficient and in effective. There have been no development projects and services have never reached the people. There are no roads, no schools, no hospitals etc. 88 % of national revenue has been kept in Juba to be stolen and squandered by Salva’s tribesmen and women. Only 12% of the national revenue has been transferred annually to 10 states and 78 local government councils which is very inadequate to serve their basic needs. This is one of the main reasons why we are calling for federalism, so as to be able to take badly needed services to the people.

4. Bad foreign relations and poor diplomatic image.
80% of the Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Ambassadors is also from one tribe (the Dink). Consequently we have poor diplomatic relations, with china and Uganda being the “only friends”.

5. Serious insecurity and Gross violation of Human Rights.
Worst of all there has been no security for individuals, groups and tribes in South Sudan since 2005 and especially in the national capital –Juba. Juba city has experienced daily killings at night by unknown people suspected to be the Presidents’ security agents. The death toll went to the maximum as from 15th December 2014 when thousands of ethnic Nuers were killed and murdered en mass in cold blood and that continues up this date.

We are aware that most of the tribal clashes are being encouraged by the President himself and some of his trusted agents. For example the tribal clashes in Western Bahr El Ghazal State (Wau) and in Jongolei state.

Way forward.
We are calling for a proper federal system (not quasi–federalism) in the country whereby:
• There will be ensured constitutional guarantee of sufficient devolution of powers to the states and counties with adequate financial resources.

• The president will not be able to interfere in the affairs of the states and counties as happened in Lakes State, Unity State, Jongolei State and Northern Baher El Ghazal State. He dismissed the elected Governors of Lakes and Unity States and appointed care Taker ones; he also promoted and appointed the Governors of Jongolei and Northern Baher El Ghazal States to Minister of Defence and Army Chief of Staff respectively.

• Towns will be taken to the people and not people to the towns
• The capital will be transferred from Juba to any other suitable location.
• There will be an end to land grabbing
• Security will be improved
• Corruption will be curbed
• Tribalism will be minimized
• Unity of the people will be restored
• Peoples participation in governance will be promoted
• Human rights will be respected etc.

We the honourable MPS from Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria hereby append our names and constituencies as indicated below:

Names: Constituency
1. Hon. Gatluak Riek Jack Maiwut
2. Hon. Dr. Kuong Dak Ler
3. Hon. Ramadan Hassan Lako Terkeka
4. Hon. Charlaman Char Shawasa Ulang
5. Hon. Jok Jack Ulang
6. Hon. Wiew Kun Kiyang Ulang
7. Hon. Rev. Michael Mot Diew Payinjiar
8. Hon. Bol Gatwech Kuong Nina
9. Hon. Sophia Pal Gach Nasir
10. Hon. Robert Ruoch Kuot Rabkona
11. Hon. Banguot Amum Okiech Pibor
12. Hon. Gabriel Gone Dok Uror
13. Hon. Rien Galiar Lar
14. Hon. Reath Muocch Tang Nasir
15. Hon. Agnes Nyoka Lainya
16. Hon. Nyalolok Tiang Gatluak Mayiendit
17. Hon. Dr. Richard K. Mulla Mundri
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ADDITIONAL STATEMENT BY MAJOR TAH GALJIEK (PSC).

I graduated Yesterday from Kenya Staff College but as of today I have decided to resign from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and join the forces of opposition.
The reasons for my resignation are as follows:

1. The SPLA Army is no longer a national Army. The President undermined the SPLA by recruiting private tribal army from his own tribesmen. The private Army has massacred thousands of ethnic Nuers Since 15th December 2013 and those people hail from the same tribe with me.

2. The President has killed Nuer Officers including those who are even loyal to the system. For example over 200 Nuer officers, NCOS and men were killed in cold blood in Mapel in Baher El Ghazal in April 2014. Another 40 officers were killed in Pachalla in May the same year.

3. The government could not even witness my graduation yesterday in spite of the fact that we have an embassy in Kenya.

Major Tah Galjiek (PSC)
Nairobi-Kenya
7/6/2014


Press Statement from South Sudanese Nuer Community in Canada

Press Statement from South Sudanese Nuer Community in Canada

H.E. President of the United States of America, Barack Obama
H.E. UNSC Chief Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon & Members
H. E. Ethiopian prime minister & Chairperson of IGAD, Haile Mariam Desaleg
African Union & IGAD Leaders
All European Union Leaders
Hon. Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper
UK. Prime Minister David Cameron
H.E. French President Francois Hollande

REF: PLANNED GENOCIDE AND DISPLACEMENT OF NUER TRIBE BY SALVA KIIR’S GOVERNMENT, SOUTH SUDAN

We are expressing our regrettable and disappointment to the international community for its inaction of the killing of the Nuer innocent civilians in Juba and other states; we the community members known as the South Sudanese Nuer Community in Canada have been affected by genocide committed in Juba as well as the ongoing conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

In the light of the political crises prevailing in our beloved country, South Sudan, we the Nuer Community members and leaders in Canada are very sad and deeply concerned by the loss of innocent lives and continuous living in fear of our people in the Republic of South Sudan, especially in major cities and towns in Juba, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States because of the tribal government’s ignorance to the people.

The tribal government has killed enough and continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people from the Nuer Ethnic Group in particular, as it hires many notorious criminals, and terrorists or mercenaries from Uganda and M23, three Rebel groups of Sudan, and recently from Egypt.

The international community should not sit and watch all the foreign armed groups that have been hired by the government in Juba to massacre millions people of Nuer so the tribal government implement its long term plan to displace Nuer people from their territories in South Sudan to Ethiopia and to other neighboring countries.

We regret for the loss of innocent lives of foreigners who are assisting us in various capacities, including peacekeepers, humanitarian activities, capacity building, and businesses in Juba and across the country. We convey our condolences and sympathy to all the families who lost their dear/loved ones and those who have been wounded in the recent violence in various parts of South Sudan.

After careful assessment and deliberation on messages coming from different sources including our own relatives, news media, South Sudanese Government, the opposition within SPLM Party, various levels of governments, we the Nuer people in Canada’s leadership reached the following resolutions based on how the international community views the current conflict in South Sudan:

1. We condemn in the strongest terms possible any act of violence aimed at settling political differences but ended up in massacred one ethnic group by the Salva Kiir Government. We encourage our people, the international leaders at the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, the United States of America, IGAD, African Union, and Government of Canada and the people in South Sudan at large to look at the root causes of this current conflict, including who did what in the first place to embrace a true and genuine dialogue for the interest of our new nation to prevail.

We have learned through our history of struggle that through a just and a true dialogue we reached in Addis Ababa Agreement and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) were achieved because the world bodies understood the root cause and the way forward. We do not want more bloodshed, self-inflicted suffering to our people, and loss of property as well as the massive displacement of our people both within South Sudan and to the neighboring countries.

We do not want the implementation of displacing Nuer from their places into Ethiopia as a solution. Instead, we want our people to enjoy the fruits of their collective struggle without loss of lives and fear under self-claimed dictatorship. We urge IGAD and other international community partners to expeditiously resolve the political differences through condemning the main genocidal of the leadership in Juba and embark on really reconciliation, nation building, and development.

Without pointing out those who planned to kill the people of South Sudan’s one ethnic group, the Nuer People in Juba from December 15-30, 2013 that fueled this conflict, South Sudanese’s various ethnic communities’ future are in jeopardy/danger.

2. We, the South Sudanese Nuer People have condemned the turning of what was purely a political differences in order to serve the nation well within the SPLM Party into tribal conflict. Any ethnic group whether from Bari, Moru, Shilluk, Murles, Anyuak, and Dinka to be massacred by their own leader is a crime, leave alone Nuer People being deliberately and intentionally killed in Juba.

We the South Sudanese Nuer Canadian members and leaders in Canada have condemned the tribal government and its like who incited our tribes to involve in violence for the interest of Salva Kiir and his inner circle leaders, who planned the massacre to gain leadership. We want to make it clear that our general populations in South Sudan and around the world have strongly condemned the killing of innocent people by Salva Kiir in order to remain in power; this is a crime.

We the Nuer Community at home and in diaspora still wonder of why a political differences within the SPLM Party unfortunately turned by some opportunists into a tribal confrontation. The SPLM Party does not only belong to the Dinka and Nuer as the initial killings in Juba suggested; it is the South Sudanese Political Party with the membership from across all tribes in the South Sudan. For instance, those who eager to reform the SPLM Party are not from Nuer Tribes alone. If so, why there were no other tribes got kill in Juba?

3. Therefore, we urge the international communities of AU, IGAD, and UN to Not only condemning Salva Kiir but to stop him and his government from killing one ethnic group, than bring him and those perpetrators to book in order to have a nation that belongs to all people. Abusing, harassing, and killing of the innocent citizens based on their tribal affiliation leave a lone Nuer is a crime in 2014. Killing people in order to defamed individuals is unacceptable in South Sudan.

The people of South had suffered a lot and fought the war together to create this nation. All opposition leaders and media leaders have been targeted due to their being informed and promoted the spirit of working together and continue to live together as one nation for generations to come. Killing and dividing the citizens and human rights abused was not what the People of South Sudan Fought for. Is it what the international community members were looking for to be upheld in our entire country? Our leader and his inner circle groups should desist from using hate or provocative languages that could prolong the conflict and misery of our people.

4. This message is to the Leadership in the United States of America under the current leadership of President Barack Obama. For South Sudanese Citizens to have bright future as America Dream, the Obama Administration has to look back into the American Transformations, the long struggle for freedom for all Americans, including the Black Walk to Freedom in the US History that inspires the whole world.

5. It is important at this juncture that the United States’ Leadership and the UNSC Chief (Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon) understand the US Secretary of States, John Kerry’s recent sanction that involved Peter Gatdet Yak has been received as unjustified based on reality. We and many other people both in South Sudan and in diaspora did not receive this sanctioning of General Peter Gatdet as legitimate for one reason. Peter Gatdet didn’t commit any crime rather, refusing and reacting to the systemic humiliation and killing to citizens of South Sudanese who were intentionally displaced from their country by their own government in Juba.

Killing one ethnic group in Juba unlike the rest of the state men, women, children, and elders in South Sudan is unjustifiable. We believe the US Government should head up to it principles of all people. We hope the people of the United States have to re-read the long walk to freedom and how it came to be as a nation. We hope Secretary of States John Kerry recalls back his speech when he endorsed President Barack Obama at the National Convention of the Democratic Party to run for the US President.

The question that the American people may answer is this; is it okay for them to to see South Sudan be a country like the US in terms of its political system? Or does the US want another dictatorship country in South Sudan? The common citizens of the people in South Sudan and in diaspora not one tribe were the ones consenting nation to be led by Salva Kiir in 2010 Sudan General Election and 2011 through the ballot box at the time of the Referendum.

Every single citizen is important and dear in South Sudan and indeed, in the eye of the international community. The question is this; why did the AU, IGAD and International Community Leaders recently condemned the fighting in Bentiu, Unity State while forgetting or turning away from one of the most painful killings in the nation’s Capital, Juba? Instead, the international community forgot the long planned of South Sudanese’s Massacre in Juba.

6. We, the South Sudanese Nuer Community in Canada want to alert the international community of what happened in Bentiu, the Capital of Unity State, South Sudan on May 04, 2014, immediately after the U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry left Juba, South Sudan. For instance, after he (Salva Kiir) met with the U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry in Juba; at the same time, Salva Kiir ordered his (South Sudan SPLA) troops to recapture Bentiu, the Capital of Unity Stat, Nasir, and Longchok Counties in Upper State.

This can be termed as that, he the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir deceived the U.S. Secretary of States, John Kerry as he was advised not to use violence in the country again while peace process is going on. Moreover; Salva Kiir’s constant lies, he brought the North Sudanese Rebels of Blue Nile, Nuba Mountains, Darfur of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), and his SPLA troops that enabled him to storm Bentiu, the Capital City of Unity State until now. We need all the international community leaders to take a look of how Salva has been supporting Sudanese Rebels in order to use them to preserve his power.

One of the best examples from Salva Kiir Government’s lies was in 2011 when he lied to the U.S. President Barack Obama that he had no longer allied with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), SPLM-N whose missions are to topple the Khartoum Government. This president is using what so called “pretext” tactic. What happens daily is that Salva Kiir is using those (Sudan Rebels) as tools in South Sudan by financing them to fulfill his plan.

The killing of Dar Fur in Bentiu was not done by the rebels in Opposition. The JEM personnel in uniforms were the one being killed in action. Two days before fighting, rebels announced to the civilians in Bentiu Capital to leave the city and to report themselves to the UNMISS Camp. Instead, government troops prevented the civilians to leave and used them as human shell. At the same time, most of the mercenary fighters had no military uniforms.

Moreover; since South Sudan President Salva Kiir announced the state of emergencies for both Jonglei and Unity States in January 2014, there were no civilians from external traders. Those who might have been killed were mercenaries. What we the people of South Sudan and the UNMISS Authority in Bentiu knew was that all civilians left Bentiu since December 2013.

Salva Kiir announced the state of emergency and that had never lifted. How did these people come to Unity States? Who provided them with vistas to come to a state that has been in the emergency? Therefore, those people are the rebels (mercenaries) allied to Salva Kiir for all these years.

7. We urge all South Sudanese in Diaspora to be united, work together, and avoid promoting a tribal state like what Libyan Leader Mohammed Gadhafi did in his country before the citizens woke up and deposed him recently. One of the best examples of Salva Kiir’s Tribal Government is when he recruited his tribal men to be his presidential guards whom he ordered to kill the Nuer in Juba on the 15th-30th of December 2013. Salva Kiir has done this in his three states of Bhar El-Gazale Region by recruiting his private republic guards like what Sadam Hussain did in Iraq a few years ago.

Another important example the international community and world leaders have to recall was one ethnic group that was being massacred in Iraq by the dictator, the notorious leader Sadam Hussain in Iraq a few years ago. Sadam Hussain killed the Kurdis Ethnic Groups in Iraq by using nerve gas in the present of the international community. Indeed, Saddam and his inner circle did the crimes against humanity in the events that took place in Dujail in 1982 (see also human rights abuses in Iraq) reference to the human rights abuses in South Sudan.

Burning the Nuer People in Juba is one of the worst human rights abuses in modern human history. Even the Khartoum Regime with whom the people of South Sudan fought with never burned South Sudanese people in Khartoum by the Khartoum Government during civil war.

8. The people of South Sudan cannot afford to groom a dictator who will deliberately kill them in the years to come by using his own chemical weapons. A dictator who has been murdering people for the last 8 years and still killing them today in a bright day light. We wonder how the international community leaders view the leadership that is intentionally destroying the country.

Is the international community waiting for a dictator to acquire biological weapons to kill more people in the years to come? Massacre had taken place in December 2013 in the National Capital City of Juba and still taken place daily in other parts of the country.

9. Killing of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of children, women and elderly in Jonglei State, Bor Capital inside the United Nations Camp is a great example for the international community’s failure. National Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth and Defense Minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk ordered the killing of the vulnerable Nuer Civilians in the UNMISS Camp. These are the nations’ national ministers.

Back in the past, the same Makuei Lueth with SPLA Army Forces from his own ethnic tribe tried to enter the UNMISS Camp in Bor, Jonglei Sate, which accommodates the same thousands of IDPs Nuer Ethnic Group whom he killed.

10. The United States needs to sanction the Presidential Guard General Marial Chieinuong Mangok, who killed the Nuer Civilians in Juba that fueled the current conflict. How does the US leadership view its position as it has been the human rights and democracy advocacy?

Many people believe the United States and other international leaders would fairly direct sanctions to the following known officials. Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth, Former Governor and Chief of Staffs Paul Malong Awan, Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, and President Salva Kiir. These are the rights people who planned the genocide plus some of the SPLM National Liberation Council Members. Paul Malong Awan was the one who recruited his private tribal militia men from his own Bhar-El Gazale Region whom Kiir used in December 2013.

11. President Salva Kiir issued his God Given Presidential Decree in January 2014 and declared both Jonglei and Unity Sates as the states of emergency. That decree has never been lifted till today. We believe the African and Western leaders know the term “state of emergency” than we the ordinary people know. There were no civilians in Unity State with the exception of the host citizens and those in the UNISS Camp.

We, the people of South Sudanese Nuer Community have realized that the world now is implementing the plan to eliminate the Nuer People (Tribe) in South Sudan. This plan has been there for years even during the 21 years’ war between North and South Sudan that the Nuer should be pushed to Ethiopia by some ring leaders in South Sudan and the neighbouring countries’ leaders. Could that be nation’s resources?

12. South Sudan’s elected leader VS. Egyptian Revolution against their elected leader; when comparing the current South Sudan’s conflict to Egypt’s conflict, this can be termed as naivety. The Egyptian People removed their dictator of Muslim Brotherhood Government three years ago because of his divisive leadership between communities and religions.

We, the people of South Sudan are wondering what Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the Egyptian Leadership signed a month ago so Egypt to send its troops to fight alongside with Salva Kiir troops against opposition Forces. Even the United Nations, the United States, European Union and IGAD leaders did maintain their positions in Egypt, Syria, and Libya conflicts and support those are eager for democracy.

Furthermore, now Egypt deployed its military assets and began fighting in South Sudan alongside Salva Mercenaries against opposition forces. Some are deployed in the Ethiopian border with North Sudan and South Sudan.

13. We wanted the international community to recall back the security situations in South Sudan before the current conflict. Many journalists and media personnel were abused and some even murdered by the regime in Juba. Isaiah Abraham who was murdered is a good example. When Isaiah Abraham was murdered, the United States of America sent the FBI Team to investigate the case. Did the team announce its finding in the media up to now? Not really.
Reference to citizens being murdered in South Sudan http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article44748 Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol

14. Therefore, we want the international community leaders to recall back their best experience in the leadership in Juba. We urge the international community to be relevant when reacting to the reports on the ground and the damaging the media reports and rumors that is tearing South Sudan apart. Those media outlets and some neighboring leaders have their own interests in South Sudan.

Take Uganda’s Military involvement in South Sudan for example. We wanted the world to view the situations in South Sudan as what happened in Iraq many years ago. There is no different between the current conflicts in South Sudan with what happened in Iraq under Saddam Hussain in the 1980s. Sadam used nerved gas against Kurdis Ethnic Group in Iraq using the country’s military assets (helicopter gunships and jet fighters). Salva Kiir used Uganda’s military assets in exchange for oil money to remain in power while doing nothing for the nation except divisions. The results were very clear when Salva and Museveni used cluster bombs against the civilians and rebels in Jonglei State.

What were the international world leaders’ reactions? None. Instead, they all praised the Ugandan President by killing the Nuer People. Do IGAD and other international world believe in the unity of the people of South Sudan? The message of hope and peace to the people of South Sudan both in South Sudan and in diaspora need the world to carry out a thorough investigation into the current conflict not randomly in order for our various communities to promote peace and a national reconciliation among our political leaders and tribes.

We need the international community to set a thorough and a genuine investigation in regards to the root cause of this conflict and who did what. Why did the political differences within the SPLM Party resulted in one ethnic group (Nuer) being? Without publicly denouncing the Government of Salva Kiir for the crime he had planned for years, South Sudan will not be a perfect nation. We want the troika countries to recall back the experiences their officials from embassies in Juba, South Sudan had experienced from the security situations in the country.

15. Violations of freedom of expression and censorship of the press: In the months prior to the outbreak of Nuer Genocide in South Sudan, the climate for freedom of expression in South Sudan had progressively worsened. With the outbreak of violence on 15 December 2013, a sharp deterioration was evident by all the embassies: US, UK, IGADs, and other European Diplomats. That a political debate between the party members, particularly those who eager to reform SPLM Party and those who opted for dictatorial rule.

Because Salva Kiir and his inner circle groups have planned to remain in power without democracy in South Sudan, he ordered to massacre the Nuer to turn/incited communities against one another. Recall his announcement for the postponement of the election supposed to be held in 2015 and extended to 2018-2020. In mid-January, the HRD was informed of dozens of incidents involving the illegal arrest, detention, intimidation, harassment, and expulsion of national and foreign journalists, as well as the surveillance and censorship of media houses.

We call upon the international community to look back and analyze what the regime in Juba has done to the UNMISS personnel, including the representative of the UN Secretary General. Calling the UNMISS Representative and other officials rebels and abusing their names in the media is another important violation of international norms the Juba Government has deliberately has been doing.

This government has some of the most notorious elements, who have committed war crime and crime against humanity for so long and has torn the country apart. Because of all these human rights violations and atrocities committed by President Salva Kiir against the same people who brought him into the power, we the people of South Sudan concluded that Kiir must go so that the people of South Sudan will remain united as one people, one nation and to live in peace and harmony for the generations to come.

Signed By:
South Sudanese Nuer Community Members and
Leaders in Canada, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Massacre of 145 Ethnic Nuer IDPs & wounding others in attack on UN camp in Bor: Press Statement


PRESS RELEASE
THE MASSACRE OF 145 ETHNIC NUER IDPS AND WOUNDING OF 273 OTHERS IN AN ATTACK ON A UN CAMP IN BOR -SOUTH SUDAN

On Thursday 17 April, 2014, a group of armed Police, military and Wildlife soldiers in plain clothes together with some elements of Dinka Bor Youth, armed with AKM- 47 rifles and machetes (Pangas), attacked thousands of Nuer IDPs in the UNMISS camp in Bor, the Capital of Jonglei state.

The IDPs have been under protection of UNMISS in its camp since the outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in Mid December last year.

Details of casualties relayed by survivors of the attacked who attended to the burial of the dead in mass graves are 145 killed and 207 wounded. UNMISS initial report on 19 April 2014 puts the figure of the dead within the camp at 58.

Three (3) UNMISS personnel also lost their lives and others got wounded in the attack. Some of the IDPs ran aimlessly into the surrounding areas where their killers may still follow.

We condemn in the strongest terms this killing of innocent civilians on the basis of their ethnicity. There is no doubt that this callous attack was instigated by some senior government officials in Juba who hail from Bor County.

The killing of civilians is a crime against humanity and a serious breach of International Humanitarian Law. The UN should conduct thorough investigation into this horrific attack. It is to be noted that South Sudan has acceded to the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional Protocols.

Indeed, South Sudan has incorporated the Conventions into its domestic law through the enactment of the Geneva Conventions Act, 2012.

The United Nations is called upon to intervene in what is happening in South Sudan. The government is responsible for the collapse of law and order in the country through its negative policies and inability to protect the lives and property of the citizens.

It is now possible that the country can disintegrate into mutually antagonistic regional or tribal enclaves if the situation is not quickly addressed.

The UN itself is now under threat in its camps in Juba as attempts are being made by government soldiers to attack the IDPs in Juba itself according to credible sources in Juba.

Therefore, there is need for the UN to treat the situation in South Sudan with utmost seriousness if those unfortunate events which happened in Rwanda in 1994 are to be averted in South Sudan.

Sadly, the government is consistently obstructing the efforts of IGAD Envoys to mediate speedily resolution of the crisis. The clear objective of the government seems to be the escalation of fighting in order to impose a military solution with the help of foreign military forces.

Certainly the achievement of such an objective is unattainable and its pursuit can only lead to nothing but the total collapse of the country and consequent disintegration of our communities.

Since the claim of a failed coup attempt by the Juba Government in mid December last year, the targeted killing of members of the Nuer ethnic group has never stopped.

The Juba government is undoubtedly determined to implement a policy of genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Nuer people. This is a violation of its constitutional duty to provide equal protection for all citizens.

More than 18,000 Nuer men, women and children were killed in cold blood in Juba by the Presidential Guards and armed Dinka civilians in execution of a deliberate policy to exterminate the Nuer.

This policy if not quickly reversed, has the risk of being picked up by the communities to avenge their members as has happened in Akobo, Bor, Bentiu and Malakal. The great danger is that the young country can easily be broken into pieces that may become difficult to put together again.

The elites responsible for this genocidal policy are politicians and military elements mainly from Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states. Their names will not be difficult to reveal when the time comes for justice and accountability.

They have planned and concocted the so called ‘failed attempted military coup’ as the stratagem and smokescreen for justifying the genocide and victimization of individuals as well as communities.

We call upon all patriotic sons and daughters from these two states, the affected communities and from other peace loving parts of South Sudan to condemn this criminal policy and refrain from taking similar actions.

Let us all put the interest of the country first in addressing the current national crisis that gravely threatens the existence of our country.

Now, it is clear from the court proceedings taking place in Juba against four SPLM leaders, that there was no coup.

This is evident from the testimonies of senior SPLA officers who have stated on oath as prosecution witnesses that there was no attempted military coup, that they were aware of, that have taken place on 15 December, 2013 as claimed by the government.

Finally, we call upon the United Nations, AU and the IGAD region to speedily intervene in the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in South Sudan where millions of lives are still at risk.

While welcoming the establishment of the AU Commission of Inquiry, under the leadership of former President Olusegun Obassanjo of Nigeria, we earnestly urge the Commission to speedily start its work given the continued deterioration of human rights situation in the country.

We equally urge the UN and the International Community to put the human rights records of the Juba government under strict scrutiny and to hold perpetrators accountable.

John Luk Jok
Spokesperson for the Group of 7 SPLM Leaders
(Former Detainees)

Nairobi, Kenya, 19th April, 2014

Pres. Obama proposed sanctions on South Sudan officials

Published APRIL/04/2014, SSN;

For Immediate Release April 3, 2014
EXECUTIVE ORDER

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BLOCKING PROPERTY OF CERTAIN PERSONS WITH RESPECT TO SOUTH SUDAN

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,
I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers, and obstruction of humanitarian operations, poses an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat. I hereby order:

Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

(i) To be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, any of the following in or in relation to South Sudan:

(A) Actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan;
(B) Actions or policies that threaten transitional agreements or undermine democratic processes or institutions in South Sudan;
(C) Actions or policies that have the purpose or effect of expanding or extending the conflict in South Sudan or obstructing reconciliation or peace talks or processes;
(D) The commission of human rights abuses against persons in South Sudan;
(E) The targeting of women, children, or any civilians through the commission of acts of violence (including killing, maiming, torture, or rape or other sexual violence), abduction, forced displacement, or attacks on schools, hospitals, religious sites, or locations where civilians are seeking refuge, or through conduct that would constitute a serious abuse or violation of human rights or a violation of international humanitarian law;
(F) The use or recruitment of children by armed groups or armed forces in the context of the conflict in South Sudan
(G) The obstruction of the activities of international peacekeeping, diplomatic, or humanitarian missions in South Sudan, or of the delivery or distribution of, or access to, humanitarian assistance; or
(H) attacks against United Nations missions, international security presences, or other peacekeeping operations;

(ii) To be a leader of (A) an entity, including any government, rebel militia, or other group, that has, or whose members have, engaged in any of the activities described in subsection (a)(i) of this section or (B) an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order;

(iii) To have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of (A) any of the activities described in subsection (a)(i) of this section or (B) any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(iv) To be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided in this order and by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order.

Sec. 2. I hereby determine that the making of donations of the type of articles specified in section 203(b) (2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to 3 section 1 of this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with this national emergency, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

Sec. 3. The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include but are not limited to:

(a) The making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and
(b) The receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 4. I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and non-immigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants or non-immigrants, of such persons.

Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

Sec. 5. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 6. For the purposes of this order:

(a) The term “person” means an individual or entity;
(b) The term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization; and
(c) The term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.

Sec. 7. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing this national emergency, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.

4 Sec. 8. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may re-delegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States Government consistent with applicable law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

Sec. 9. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to submit the recurring and final reports to the Congress on the national emergency declared in the order, consistent with section 401(c) of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 1641(c)) and section 204(c) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1703(c)).

Sec. 10. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

BARACK OBAMA
THE WHITE HOUSE,
April 3, 2014.

Letter – People of integrity at Election Commission

People of integrity at Election Commission Our MPs did the right thing, rejecting Salva Kiir’s decreed individuals to constitute the Electoral Commission was correct. We do not need representation here not even civil society, let lone political parties. Our aspiration for democratic South Sudan will never be realised unless we have men and women of integrity at the EC, especially those who will respect the choice of the people. The post election violence of 2008 in Kenya was the making of the EC led by Samuel Kivuitu. The then head of EC in WES should have been the head, I forgot his name, he was the hero of 2010 elections, despite all odds he declared Col. Bakasoro the winner. He was the only independent gubernatorial candidate who won. Anyaar Matiop, RSS

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