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Resolution on the human rights situation in the Republic of South Sudan

265: Resolution on the human rights situation in the Republic of South Sudan / Resolutions / 15th Extra Ordinary Session / ACHPR 4/15/14 8:06 AM Page 1 of 1

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission), at its 15th Extra-Ordinary Session held from 7 – 14 March 2014 in Banjul, The Gambia:

Gambia, April 15, 2014 (SSNA) -- Recalling its mandate to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights pursuant to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter);

Further recalling that one of the objectives of the African Union, as stipulated in Article 3(f) of its Constitutive Act, is to promote peace, security, and stability in the continent;

Taking cognisance of Article 23 of the African Charter which also provides for the right of all peoples’ to national and international peace and security;

Bearing in mind that South Sudan is a Member State of the African Union and signatory to the African Charter;

Commending the efforts made by the African Union to promote dialogue among the various parties towards achieving peace, security and political stability in the Republic of South Sudan;

Concerned about recent developments in South Sudan, which have massive implications on regional peace, security and stability;

Further concerned about the humanitarian consequences of the situation in South Sudan;

Alarmed with reports of serious and massive human rights violations, including the extra-judicial killing of civilians and captured soldiers, massive displacements and arbitrary detentions, mostly on ethnic grounds;

Bearing in mind the attacks against the civilian population, and the discovery of mass graves in some parts of the country;

Denouncing the acts of warring factions against innocent civilians, contrary to basic regional and international human rights standards;

Welcoming the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations and other abuses committed during the armed conflict in South Sudan and make recommendations on the best ways and means to ensure accountability and reconciliation among all South Sudanese communities;

Stressing the need for South Sudan to cooperate with the African Union Commission of Inquiry to identify perpetrators of the atrocities and hold them accountable, in line with the African Union’s firm commitment to fight impunity;

Noting the significance of effective redress for victims of human rights violations, not only at the domestic level, but also the regional and international level to end impunity;

Concerned by South Sudan’s delay in ratifying and thereafter domesticating the African Charter as well as other fundamental human rights instruments, which provide avenues of redress for victims of human rights violations;

The Commission:

Strongly condemns the attacks on the civilian population perpetrated by the parties to the conflict;

Requests the Government of South Sudan to ensure the full protection of the civilian population;

Calls on all parties to immediately halt the violence, peacefully resolve their differences and follow through on peace agreements;

Calls on the Government of South Sudan to ensure that perpetrators of the human rights violations are held accountable for their actions;

Urges the Government of South Sudan to cooperate with the African Union Commission of Inquiry; and

Calls on the Government of South Sudan to immediately ratify and domesticate the African Charter and other fundamental human rights instruments.

Done in Banjul, The Gambia on 14 March 2014

South Sudanese in Canada Support UNMISS Presence in South Sudan

Calgary, Canada, April 9, 2014 (SSNA) -- Hundreds of South Sudanese Canadians protesters took to the streets of Downtown Calgary today supporting Hilde Johnson, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Head of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) for protecting the lives of innocent civilians, particularly the Nuer ethnic group who are being targeted by President Kiir's regime.

South Sudanese Community in Calgary applauded Hilde Johnson for Saving Innocent Civilians' Lives in South Sudan. Under the theme, "we support the UN's present in South Sudan" in a rally held before the City Hall, Downtown Calgary, the South Sudanese Community in Calgary has come out on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, to condemn the government of south Sudan for disrupting and harassing the UNSS's operation/staff, denying them access to saving the lives of the people impacted by the ongoing violence in the country.

The community condemns the government of South Sudan in the strongest term possible and calls for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to trail Dictator Salva Kiir, for committing genocide against Nuer Ethnic group in South Sudan.

Salva Kiir has committed gross crimes against humanity, by killing 17,613 (sudantribune website) Nuers in Juba, South Sudan alone. Overall, the violence has almost claimed more than 50,000 civilians throughout the country. "We the South Sudanese Community in Calgary have no heart to stand in support to the Killer (Salva Kiir)" they said.

Therefore, "Salva Kiir Mayardit must go and be brought to justice" the message continued. Also, the community is angered by the government's move calling for the resignation of Hilde Johnson, the UN secretary's representative, for protecting the lives of the innocent civilians trapped in the UN Compound across four States namely Central Equatoria, Jongle, Upper Nile, and Unity and "without Hilde Johnson, more lives will be lost and so we denounce such move and welcomed the UN's operation," according to the statement seen by the Upper Nile Times. The community also called on the UN, EU, AU, and the rest of International Community to quickly bring peace to South Sudan.

The community also condemned President Yoweri Museveni for not playing neutral role, and as well, for taking side in the conflict. President Yoweri Museveni has done something similar to what President Charles Taylor of Liberia had done against Sierleonains. Therefore, the South Sudanese Community in Calgary urged the international community to condemn his involved and to possibly urge the ICC to bring both dictators to the International Court of law. The community also urged the UPDF to quickly withdraw from South Sudan to prevent Regionalization of War. Ugandan themselves must rise up and condemn this baseless move President Museveni has done, by deploying Ugandan soldiers to die in South Sudan.

The community applauded the move taken by the United States President Obama to quickly impose sanctions against South Sudan’s Government for committing genocide and for continuing killing innocent civilians across the country.

President Kiir is heartless and does not care about South Sudanese civilians. His interest is to only protect oil, therefore, such President has no base in the mind of South Sudanese community at large.

Thus, the only solution is for him (Salva Kiir Mayardit) to resign so that peace can prevail. Failure to doing so would only jeopardize the will/aspiration of the South Sudanese community home and in the Diaspora.

SPLM/A Youth League-in Opposition Warns Uganda, Egypt, JEM, and SPLM-North

7th April, 2014

Subject: WARNING to the Ugandan, Egyptians, JEM and SPLM North

Addis Ababa, April 9, 2014 (SSNA) -- We, the SPLM/A Youth league both in south Sudan and in the Diaspora, would like to give a stern warning to the aforementioned sisterly countries who have appeared to be fighting alongside and supplying weapons to Gen Salva Kiir ‘s atrocious regime against the south Sudanese people. They must with immediate effect halt from partaking such mischievous, irresponsible and inacceptable act; for It is an absolute contravention of our country‘s territorial integrity and that of the International laws, we would like to inform the world at large and the south Sudanese that involvement of Egypt in particular may regionalizes the conflict which can turn our nation into a leading war zone. You all know that, one of the major root causes to the conflict in 1983 was the digging of the Jonglei canal with an intension to flow more waters to Egypt and deny the suds region of its lives diversity and specially a plan to resettle two & a half million Egyptian farmers known as (Fellahin) along the canal. This would have displaced the whole population of the upper Nile region and deny them their traditional livelihood by then but today Salva want to do the same by bringing Egyptian closer to Ethiopia such that Great Upper Nile turn into the war zone between these two great nations.

Should they fails to heed to this important appeal, south Sudanese people will deal with them squarely in the same measure to that of Salva Kiir and company for two wrong never make one right.

We urge them to undertake a neutral and impartial position in this crisis as they did during our 50 years of struggle for what was then a fight for united, secular democratic Nation. Anything less than that will be deem as a hypocrisy and a deliberate scheme to sabotage the ongoing peace efforts; and also endanger the lives of their respective citizenry living in south Sudan. 

It is not in our interest whatsoever to return to war in which most of us were born and participated in because we know the ultimate repercussion that come with war. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the grave results that may come with war, we vowed never to be cowed by any attempt to return us to those dark and regrettable days.

Salva Kiir has fall short of people aspirations that he live his life by purporting to become an indigenous oppressor only two years after independent. He must be let know that never, ever shall we succumb his totalitarianism. He has so far loss legitimacy by ordering the killing of 20, 000 innocent members of the Nuer and members of other communities on the 16th 18th December 2013. The nation demand for his immediate and unconditional resignation so as for south Sudanese people to pave the path of peace.

Our Movement, the SPLM/SPLA led by Dr. Riek Machar is committed to finding an inclusive peaceful dialogue. We still have the confident in the ongoing dialogue auspices by Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD).

As Eric Reeve puts it ‘‘ it is so evident that the price of international diplomatic failure and facil moral and diplomatic equivocation is now and will soon be paid in more innocent blood and suffering by many hundreds of thousands of civilians in south Sudan. Hundreds of thousands have already been brought to the brink of starvation because there is no will to confront Salva Kiir ‘s oppressive regime over its intransigent refusal to allow humanitarian access to all the areas under our movement control. Additionally, more than half a million are forced militarily from their homes since 2013……. Remain displaced and in poor conditions as a refugee in their own country.

We, the SPLM/A Youth league if worse come to worse, then we are more than ready to put down our appeal for finding peaceful solution, but rather mobilized our people both at home and in the diaspora to rush back home and join the rest of south Sudanese in the fight to oust Salva Kiir ‘s dictatorial, pupetic regime. It is better we all die for this cause which our martyrs had perish for than to see our country being taken by materialistic greedy individuals who can also bleed. Be ready if you are call upon to do so .we have done it in the past and we would do it again.

Finally, if the world is indeed serious in solving this standoff, then we recommend the following to be promptly expedited:

1. Withdrawal of all foreign mercenaries fighting alongside Salva Kiir. That is      Egypt, Uganda, JEM, SPLM North and any other force that is not mentioned.
2. All the above mentioned countries to refrain from supporting Salva Kiir but to be neutral
3. To immediately and unconditionally free the four SPLM/A Leaders who are still under Salva Kiir ‘s captivity.
4. To craft a sounding proposal that suggests the interim government and unconditional resignation of Salva Kiir
5. To facilitate the work of the investigation commission led by former Negirian President Olugasan UBasango so to assure the public that those who orchestrated the massacre in juba and elsewhere are brought to law for crime against humanity committed.
6. To allow equal humanitarian access to all the areas under SPLM/SPLA control.
7. We suggest the involvement of the international community in this dialogue so as to get a viable permanent solution in this crisis not to escalate the war further.
8. We stopping the deployment of the so call deterrence forces or oil interest forces.
9. Calling for the cancellation of SPLM conference of dividend policies and concentrate on the national agenda of prevailing peace to the people of South Sudan because the country is much important than a party.

Cde. Puot Kang Chol

The Leader of the SPLM/SPLA Youth League

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