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Statement of Sudanese and South Sudanese Civil Society on the Conflict in South Sudan

Geneva, Kampala, New York, Tuesday 24 December 2013

December 25, 2013 (SSNA) -- We, the undersigned, representatives of civil society organisations from Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan wish to express our deep concern about the military confrontations that erupted in the Republic of South Sudan on 15 and 16 December 2013. We are utterly disturbed that the violence, which started in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, has now spread to other parts of the country. This unexpected development threatens the foundation of the nascent nation and puts to jeopardy the safety and well-being of its citizens.

We wish to stress our conviction that violence and the destruction of lives and livelihoods serve no purpose and deepen the humanitarian and human rights challenges faced by the government and people of South Sudan. It is also our belief that open and free dialogue that yield a mutually accepted agreement reached through the informed opinion of all the concerned parties, constitute the only way to resolve the current political differences in South Sudan.

We appeal to the political leadership of the Republic of South Sudan to put the interest and aspirations of the populace for peaceful coexistence, progress, development and happiness as their prime objective and mission. This requires greater political sacrifices from all the conflicting parties in South Sudan and we are confident that all those concerned in that part of our country are bestowed with the necessary courage and wisdom to pursue such objectives.

We appeal to the President of the Republic of South Sudan to release, with immediate effect, all persons held for expressing political views critical of the government performance and to start, without conditions, a process of national reconciliation and political dialogue with such persons and with those who are currently under arms against the government.

We appeal to the Heads of State and Government members of the African Union, particularly members of the IGAD countries, to continue to place the situation in South Sudan as a top priority on their agendas and to consider rendering their good offices and personal intervention with the parties to the conflict in view of reaching a negotiated peaceful settlement of the on-going conflict.

We appeal to all States neighbour of the Republic of South Sudan to refrain from interfering in its internal affairs or to extend military or similar support to any party to the conflict or to take advantage of the situation for ulterior motives, but to play instead a role of promoting dialogue and reconciliation between the parties for a peaceful South Sudan.

We appeal to the humanitarian community to redouble their efforts in providing the necessary humanitarian assistance and make available basic materials needed by a growing number of civilians in different parts of the country.

We pay due tribute to all the victims of the on-going conflict, including UN staff and peacekeepers, who lost their lives on the line of duty.


1. Abdelbagi Jibril: Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre
2. Dr. Abdelgabar Adam: Darfur Human Rights Organization of the USA
3. Abdelmageed Haroun: HAND
4. Biel Botrous Biel: South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy
5. Bushra Gamar Hussein Rahma: South Kordofan Human Rights and Development Organisation
6. Faisal El-Bagir: Journalists for Human Rights (JHR-Sudan)
7. Dr. Farouk Mohamed Ibrahim: Sudanese Organisation for the Defence of Rights and Freedoms
8. Hafiz Mohamed Ismael: Justice Africa Sudan
9. Hala Alkarib: Regional Director, SIHA Network
10. Dr. Hamid El-Tigani Ali: Associate Professor, American University in Cairo
11. Jimmy Mulla: Voices for Sudan
12. Dr. Luka Biong Deng: Kush Inc.
13. Mahjoub Mohammed Salih: Editor-in-Chief, Al-Ayam Newspaper
14. Mohamed Abdalla El-Doma: Darfur Bar Association
15. Dr. M. Jalal Hashim: Sudanese Association for the Defence of Freedom of
Opinion and Conscience (SADFOC)
16. Nabil Adib Abdalla: Sudan Human Rights Monitor
17. Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali: Visiting Professor, Women and Gender Studies, Clark University
18. Nasredeen Abdulbari: Columbia University
19. Niemat Ahmadai: Darfur Women Action Group
20. Osman Hummaida: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies
21. Rashid Saeed Yagoub: Journalist , France
22. Shamsaddin Dawalbait: Project on Democratic Thought and Islamic Reform
23. Professor Sidiga Washi: Babiker Badri Scientific Association for Women Studies
24. Sabri Elshareef: Center for Democracy and Peace, New Jersey
25. Dr. Suliman Baldo: Sudan Democracy First Group
26. Suliman Hamid: Blue Nile Center For Justice and Human Rights

For media contacts:

1. Geneva: Abdelbagi Jibril: +41 79 737 97 49 and +41 76 360 95 26
2. Kampala: Biel Botrous Biel: +256 778 89 67 45
3. New York: Suliman Baldo: +1 646 467-3724

ASSD: Plan for Peace Transition in the Republic of South Sudan

Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD)
Plan for Peace Transition in the Republic of South Sudan

Washington, DC, December 24, 2013 (SSNA) -- The current crisis in the Republic of South Sudan caught many by surprise, and the violence shows no signs of slowing down, much less stopping. Thousands of innocent lives, through target killings, have been lost mostly in the hands of government forces in general and the presidential guards in particular. The killings, which ensued after infighting among the presidential guard – the cause of the war, enrage the entire world community, but less has been done to hold the culprits to account. The carnage continues to this moment. Civilians are stranded in what are nothing short of concentration camps and food, water, and other basic service are denied. Shocked by the direction the country is taking and afraid of an imminent slide into civil war, concerned South Sudanese – Americans in the US have organized themselves under the umbrella of Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) to educate the American public, concerned US government agencies, congress, the Whitehouse and the UN, about the realities on the ground so as to devise and advocate for plans for an immediate cessation of hostilities, delivery of humanitarian assistance, and a return to peace. The body is urging the UN to do more and formulate the following recommendations to immediately rescue the situation.

Formation of interim administration, assisted by the IGAD, AU, UN and the US, to oversee the dialogue between the warring parties so that no party is in the position of power. This is because the current administration lost credibility in the eyes of the populace as it is implicit in the crisis and the subsequent carnage

Immediate evacuation of all the refugees now resettle in the UNMISS camp to their states of origin. The refugees are in danger of reprisals and the UNMISS currently has no capacity to protect them should armed groups decide to take matters into their own hands

Formation of investigative committees to investigate the massacre of innocent Nuer civilians in Juba

Disengagement of the neighboring countries, like Uganda and others from involving in the affairs of South Sudan

Separating individuals from the core problem and shifting focus to the needs and aspirations of population

Involvement of the ASSD in the coordination of the peace efforts between different factions from the opposition

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South Sudanese Coalition of Episcopal Churches Call for Cessation of Violence in South Sudan

Press Release by:
South Sudanese Coalition of Episcopal Churches (SSCEC) in the United States

December 23, 2013 (SSNA) -- As a spiritual body, South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches in the United States is concerned with the level of violence taking place in Juba, Bortown, Akobo and other areas of South Sudan. As a body of Christ, South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches in the United States strongly condemned senseless killing of civilians.

As a result:

A. We are urging President Kiir's government to declare:

  • Ceasefire and refrain from escalating the conflict
  • Protect all civilians across the country
  • Agree to dialogue as a way to resolve any political differences

B. We are urging Dr. Riek Machar and all dissatisfied parties to:

  • Accept ceasefire and/or initiate ceasefire
  • Adhere to principles of democracy that they are advocating
  • Protect civilians, respect their rights and properties in towns and/or areas under their control

C. To the United States and United Nations

We are appealing to the United States government and United Nations to:

  • Exert political pressure on President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar and all opposition parties to immediately stop hostilities
  • Help establish displace camps and provide necessary security protection to civilians displaced by the ongoing violence across the country
  • Use their good offices to bring the disputing parties to a negotiating table
  • Help investigate cases of human rights violations committed by both parties
  • Introduce UN Security Council Resolution to strengthen UNMISS mandate and increase the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan.

Note: As a church, we are seeing ethnic polarization in South Sudan. This is evident in the division among the country’s leadership, formation of political parties along ethnic line and also evident in division in the country army forces.  If nothing is done sooner to mediate the present conflict situation between Kiir’s government and Dr. Riek Machar and other dissatisfied opposition parties, we are afraid that South Sudan will see a repeat of 1991 massacre in which thousands of civilians lost their lives and/or properties. Therefore, in order to avoid that from happening, we are appealing to the United States and the United Nations to do everything in their power to avert another ethnic cleansing from happening again in South Sudan.

Best Regards,

Rev. John Deng, South Sudanese Congregation Saint Paul Episcopal Church, Kansas City MO. And Chairman of South Sudan Coalition of Episcopal Churches (SSCEC) in the United States.

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