For Immediate Release
Nuer community in Canada, Europe, USA, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda
January, 7, 2013, SSN;
One month after the assassination of South Sudan prominent writer Isaiah Abraham, the Nuer community in Canada, Europe, USA, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda is appealing to all South Sudanese communities in Western World and South Sudan to unite to bring change in the country. Maj. Diing Chan Awuol (as he is known locally) was assassinated on December, 5th, 2012 by gunmen believed to be part of South Sudan military intelligence (MI). He was assassinated because he was campaigning for freedom, justice, equality, democracy and an end to rampant corruption.
The leadership of Nuer community held an extraordinary meeting on January, 5, 2013 to devise plans to bring to justice the true killers of Maj. Isaiah Abraham who died for the values the people of South Sudan took up arms to fight for in 1983. The Nuer community discovered that the “suspects” the regime in Juba claimed to have detained are not the real killers of Isaiah Abraham. The real assassins of Maj. Diing Chan Awuol are members of MI (Military Intelligence) who were ordered from above to silence him.
The “suspects” the government claimed to have arrested few days ago are innocent young men who do not read the newspapers let alone the articles of Isaiah Abraham. The people who assassinated him are the ones who warned him face to face to stop criticizing President Salva Kiir Mayardit on December, 1st, 2012.
After achieving independence in July, 2011, the people of South Sudan had hoped that there would be an increase of freedom, justice and equality for all. Most South Sudanese believed that the benefits of liberation from the yoke of Khartoum’s oppression should be an increase of freedom and justice for the individuals and the recognition of human dignity for all tribes and peoples of South Sudan.
However, what we are experiencing under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is exactly the same treatment that led the people of South Sudan to fight against successive Khartoum regimes. Kiir’s regime has redefined the meaning of liberation and distorted the principles in which the people of South Sudan took up arms to die for.
The people of South Sudan who lost 2.5 million people in the course of the liberation struggle believe that real liberation, that is, the application of the principles of freedom, requires that people like Isaiah Abraham should exercise free speech and expression without fear of assassinations. The democracy that the people of South Sudan fought for is a liberation from despotism and totalitarianism because it has its own discipline that guards personal liberty and freedom of expression as much from mob rule as from police oppression.
The assassination of Maj. Diing Chan Awuol because he was exercising a right that was constitutionally guaranteed should be a wake-up call for South Sudan Youth to unite to bring change in the country. Of all the human values, freedom must be considered as the first because it bears the closest relation to the autonomy of the person. Without freedom, the other human values cannot be said to exist.
Maj. Diing Chan Awuol didn’t commit any crime to deserve being lynched by the Military Intelligence (MI). Even somebody who commits a crime cannot be assassinated without due legal process.
Lt. Gen. Kiir’s regime perverted the meaning of freedom in order to impose totalitarianism and ignorance in the country. Kiir and his henchmen say that “freedom consists not in doing what one wants to do, but in doing what is right.”
Four days before his assassination, members of President Kiir’s security guards warned Maj. Diing Chan Awuol to stop writing and any criticism against the regime. They explained that freedom of thought was only possible unless approved by President Salva Kiir and security organs.
The people of South Sudan must unite and liberate their country from assassins who perverted the meaning of freedom and the rule of law. The assassination of Maj. Diing Chan Awuol is an indication of the new totalitarian order that Lt. Gen. Kiir Mayardit wants to impose. However, the people of South Sudan must resist oppression by reminding themselves that without rule of law there is no guarantee of freedom, of justice, of dignity for the individual.
Maj. Diing Chan Awuol was a Nuer, a Dinka, a Bari, a Shilluk and etc… because the values he was promoting were the values each South Sudanese took up arms to fight for. The values of freedom and justice, dignity and equality are the principles of civilized people because they are the rules devised by men to preserve each other’s worth and to respect each other’s persons in their relations with one another. They are the absolute foundation of morality. They are the foundation of human rights, and of the duties which are their counterpart.
The people of South Sudan can be confident of the future only if they affirm, with clear-sighted awareness and unswerving determination, their human values and their social ends.
The South Sudan Youth, civil society organizations, religious leaders and community organizations in Western World need to unite to bring change in South Sudan. If youth in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen could liberate their countries from brutal despots, there is no question that the people of South Sudan who struggled against oppression for fifty years would end the totalitarian rule of Lt.
Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. South Sudan has no future if people like Maj. Diing Chan Awuol are being assassinated for speaking their minds.
The basic premise of society is the worth of a human being as an individual distinct from, and autonomous of, other human beings, as well as social groups and institutions. The purpose of social order is the good of the individual, by development of his physical, his rational and his emotive capacities, by the exercise of his creativity, his desire for quality and his quest for perfection. These fundamental values shall never be denied or ignored for the interests of Salva Kiir and his henchmen or for the desires of the SPLM party to create a totalitarian state in South Sudan.
Therefore, the Nuer community in Canada, Europe, USA, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda calls upon Greater Bor Community, Greater Aweil Community, Greater Equatoria Community and Greater Luo Community to join hands together with Nuer to bring change in our country. The assassination of our brother Maj. Diing Chan Awuol must be the rallying point to launch a popular democratic uprising to rescue our country from dictators and assassins who hijacked the liberation struggle of our people.
1. Mr. Peter Chuol Tut
Spokesman of Nuer community in Europe
2. Mr. Gordon Buay
Spokesman of Nuer community in Canada, USA, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda