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South Sudan’s rebel leader appointed vice president

Juba/Addis Ababa, February 11, 2016 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Thursday issued a republican decree, appointing rebel chief Dr. Riek Machar as first Vice President of the Republican of South Sudan.

The move came nearly three weeks after Kiir and Machar failed to form an interim-government.

The appointment of the Former Vice President turned rebel leader was announced today evening on the state-run South Sudan Television (SSTV).

Kiir also appointed James Wani Igga as second Vice president.

Rebels have received the news of the appointment of their leader with mixed feelings, with some people expressing dissatisfactions, citing incompletion of amendments of the constitution.

Some provisions in the August 2015 Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) stipulate that the young nation's constitution must be amended and that the rebel leader must also be installed as the Vice president, a job he previously hold before fighting broke out on December 15, 2013.

Machar, who just returned from visiting a number of countries, has in the past said he will only go back to Juba if the constituion is fully amended.

The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that it will soon issue a prepared statement in regard to the appointment of Machar.

It is not clear what the armed opposition will say.

The IGAD-Plus gave South Sudan’s warring factions a January 22nd dateline to form a transitional government. However, the two rival groups failed to meet the dateline, raising fear that the two sides could resume fighting.

Russia Blocks Security Council Sanctions on Darfur Gold

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“Deeply disappointing” decision maintains impunity for trafficking connected to violence and instability

Washington, DC, February 10, 2016 (SSNA) -- In the UN Security Council today, Russia blocked U.S. and U.K. efforts to address conflict-affected gold in Darfur. Russia’s blocking action came despite findings from the Sudan Sanctions Committee’s Panel of Experts that link illegal exploitation and trafficking of gold and other minerals to violence and instability in Darfur.

John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project, said: “It is deeply disappointing that Russia, China, and other elected members of the Security Council refuse to recognize the findings of the Panel of Experts that clearly link the illicit gold trade to continued violence and instability in Darfur. By doing so, these Security Council members undermine important efforts to bring peace and stability to Darfur and allow those profiting from this illicit trade to continue doing so with impunity.”

Omer Ismail, Senior Advisor to the Enough Project, said: “Russia’s refusal to acknowledge the connection between the illicit gold trade and conflict in Darfur is highly irresponsible and unreflective of the conditions in Darfur. The link between the illicit gold trade, including smuggling and imposed taxes, and continued conflict in Darfur is well established and incredibly harmful to Darfur civilians.”

In its new report, which has not yet been made public, the UN Panel of Experts recommended sanctions designations for individuals and entities that impose illegal taxes on artisanal miners in Darfur, as well as on individuals and entities engaged in the illegal exploitation and trafficking of natural resources, including gold.

Omer Ismail added: “The impact of conflict-affected gold is perhaps most evident near Jebel Amer, where former Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal controls a significant mining operation outside of the control of the Government of Sudan. Despite his sanctions designation, Hilal and his armed group makes millions from Sudanese gold at the expense of the local population. The refusal of some Security Council members to accept these well-known facts or to act on them ensures that conflict will continue and Hilal will remain unaccountable.”

As penholder on the sanctions resolution, the U.S. attempted to add language reflecting the Panel’s final report that demonstrated a clear link between the illicit gold trade and continued violence. The U.S., U.K., and other Council members supported this recommendation, but Russia, China, and others did not. Russia proved most unreceptive to the Panel’s report, rejecting proposed compromise language that would have only “expressed concern” over the Panel’s finding that armed groups control artisanal gold mines in Darfur.

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African Centre for Transitional Justice calls for the formation of South Sudan’s transitional government

Date. 11/02/2016
Press Statement for Immediate Release A calls for the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) by parties in South Sudan!

Nairobi, February 11, 2016 (SSNA) -- African Centre for Transitional Justice (ACT-J) is calling for the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) within this month in order to have enough time for proper Transitional Justice Machanisms to be put in place in South Sudan.

Since the crisis erupted in 2013 December, most of the civilians got killed by the South Sudanese Leaders and nothing has been acheave yet to make proper accounatabilty and Justice. Cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity and cases related to genocide need to be tackle at this particular period of time instead of wasting time, talking always of formation of government and nothing is achieve is meaningless.

Since the Compromised Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed by the warring parties in Addis-ababa on 14th of Aughust 2015, there is no absolute mechanism put across for the full implementation of peace agreement. Parties are still on the issue of 28states creation by the government of South Sudan and lack of commitment by both parties is also identify as one of major concern that delays the all process of implementation.

ACT_J is taking this time, calling for the parties concern to form their government and give enough time for accountability on human rights violations and abuses, peace building, democratisation processes and rule of law in South Sudan to be put in place and tackle issues of war crimes, crimes against humanity and cases related to genocide that need urgent solutions in order for citizens to focus on national healing agenda.

Time wasting by the Government of South Sudan (GRSS) and Sudan People Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM/IO) in delaying the formation of the unity government should not be tolerated 2 at this crucial time where most of the citizens are looking for the issues to address keys agenda like peace building and proper accountability on the human rights violations that happened across the Country.

We are calling for International Comunity, regional leaders to give their pressure to the warring parties or impose sanctions or coming up with another strategic plan that can bring a lasting peace to South Sudanese Cummunities, and allow enough time for proper Transitional Justice Machanisms to come in. Delayment of the formation of the (TGoNU) at this period of time is also delayment of Justice and accountability.

Transitional Justice Machanisms and proper accountability is what South Sudanese citizens want at this crucial period of time.

African Centre For Transitional Justice (ACT-J) is non-political, non-governmental organisation formed by professional South Sudanese Journalists and Lawyers to address issues of Transitional Justice Machanism and accountability, Human Rights monitoring and documentation, Democracy and Governance and Peace building in South Sudan. ACT-J is a registered organisation and its Head office in Nairobi Kenya and having Branch in Juba.

For more Information contact the ACT-J!

Thanks,

Peter Gai Manyuon, Executive Director , African Centre for Transitional Justice (ACT-J) Website:www.act-j.org Emails; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Cell phones; +254-736425766/+254-792488957

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