South Sudanese in Exile Call on World to Hold Kiir Government Accountable through Thorough Investigation of Charges of Genocide Perpetrated Against Minority Groups

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THURSDAY: South Sudanese Community-in-Exile Press Conference at UN
South Sudanese in Exile Call on World to Hold Kiir Government Accountable through Thorough Investigation of Charges of Genocide Perpetrated Against Minority Groups

New York, NY (March 21, 2016) – On Thursday, March 24, at 10:30am, members of the South Sudanese community-in-exile will hold a press conference outside the UN.

Led by the human rights activist and former slave Simon Deng, demonstrators will present an open letter to the UN Secretary General and Security Council calling on the world to take bold steps to hold South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accountable for heinous crimes which may rise to the level of genocide.

In particular, attendees will call for a thorough investigation into the recent massacre of civilians inside a UN safe-haven at the city of Malakal, and will urge the world community to understand the antagonistic nature of President Kiir’s recent decision to create 28 new states in South Sudan, fundamentally changing the country.

In the words of Mr. Deng, “On February 20th, 2016, in New York, the UN Security Council, the European Union, and the “Troika” countries of the US, UK, and Norway, all condemned the killing of civilians inside a UN camp in Malakal. With so much evidence already on the atrocities that have been committed by the government of Salva Kiir Mayardit, as Commander-in-Chief of the soldiers who are carrying out the killing, I am appealing to the world community today that the time for condemnation has passed: the time for accountability is at hand. The renegade President of South Sudan must be held responsible for the crimes carried out in his name.”

WHAT: Demonstration at UN by South Sudanese Community-in-Exile
WHERE: Sharansky Steps, E. 43rd St & 1st Avenue, Manhattan
WHEN: 10:30AM on Thursday, March 24th, 2016

For more information, contact the South Sudan Freedom Committee at sdengkak@yahoo.com or 917-698-5440.

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