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SPLM-DC: Public Statement on the Atrocities in Wau

December 11, 2012 (SSNA) -- The SPLM-DC has been following with extreme sadness and absolute disbelief the events unfolding in Wau town as from the 7th instant.

The Government of Western Bahr El Ghazal ordered the army to shoot at civilian demonstrators who had earlier rejected a decision taken by the State authorities to transfer the capital of Wau County to Bagari. Using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators was unjustified and must be condemned in the strongest terms possible.

In the first place, peaceful demonstrations are an important aspect of democracy. Therefore, the citizens were exercising their democratic right to express their opinion on an issue that concerns them. They should not have been obstructed in doing so, let alone being shot at.

Second, the Governor should have used dialogue to persuade the citizens of the County if the transfer of the capital had good reasons behind it. All will recall that the Government of South Sudan tried in 2006 to get the capital of Central Equatoria State transferred to Yei. After an exchange of memos between GOSS and the government of Central Equatoria, GOSS was persuaded and could not proceed with the idea. If the higher level of government could conduct itself in such a civilized manner why shouldn’t the Governor borrow a leaf from that.

Third, except where a national capital is specifically built for the purpose, all national capitals in federal governments host also the State and County capitals where they are located. The same applies for State capitals; they do not displace County capitals. As a matter of fact, the State capital is a guest of the County where it is located. So, from where does the Governor of Western Bahr El Ghazal come up with his idea of displacing the host?

Fourth, we call for an urgent impartial investigation into the incidents that took place in Wau town from the 7th to the 10th to determine and publish: why unarmed civilians were shot at causing the death of 9 people and wounding many others? Why was the army, and not the Police, used in quelling the demonstrations? Who are those responsible for ordering the shooting of civilians exercising their democratic right of peaceful protest?

We call upon our people to stay calm until the truth about these atrocities is unearthed, so that the law takes its course. All involved in the killings must be brought to book, and the families of the deceased as well as the wounded must be adequately compensated.

Dr Lam Akol,
Chairman, SPLM-DC

SSHURSA calls for full investigations, resignation of the Ministers of Security and Interior and urges for speedy trial of the assassins

PRESS STATEMENT: For Immediate Release: December 10, 2012
Juba, South Sudan

Juba, December 9, 2012 (SSNA) -- As Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol has been laid to rest on Sunday December 9, 2012, the South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) makes this press statement, calling once again upon the South Sudanese authorities in Juba to carry out impartial, speedy, fair and well-intentioned investigations to ascertain who murdered the late!

The murder of Isaiah Abraham makes December 5, the darkest and bloody day that will never be forgotten in South Sudan by a South Sudanese or any person who believes in the democartic values and rule of law principles for which Isaiah died for. On this day, an advocate for voiceles poor South Sudanese majority and a symbol of justice, hope and fight against violations of human rights was eliminated. This remains a big blow in the fight against evils which are consuming up South Sudan but SSHURSA will fight till justice is achieved for the late. The questions remain; who killed him? Where are his assassins and when are they going to be brought to justice and be convicted? The answers to these questions lie with the South Sudan’s leadership and SSHURSA will continue asking them until the authorities answer them in affairmative.

SSHURSA also calls upon Minister of Security in the Office of the President and Minister of Interior to immediately resign from their positions because they have failed to prevent the assassination of Isaiah Abraham and equally fail to protect people in Juba against organized killings.

As the world celebrates Human Rights Day today; December 10, SSHURSA deeply mourns the loss of the innocent Isaiah Abraham. Once again, SSHURSA sends condolences to the family of the late and also calls upon the public to remain calm while asnwers are waited from the Government of South Sudan.

Signed for and on behalf of SSHURSA

By: Biel Boutros Biel,
Executive Director, SSHURSA
Cc: National Human Rights Commission

Sudan Planting Evidences: False Graves discovered in Kiir Adem, NBGS

Press release
December 1, 2012

By the Aweil-USA Media Team

December 2, 2012 (SSNA) -- The Sudanese government is notorious particularly laying bogus claims on any South Sudanese border area perceived to be rich in natural resources. Panthous is a clear classical example where Sudanese government twisted facts, annexed the area as a result of oil discovery. The story doesn’t end there; same tactics were repeated in Abyei, Western Bhar el Ghazal, and Upper Nile region where Sudanese illegal encroachments are evident. One thing is unique in all these claims, they are areas perceived to be rich in natural resources.

Again we have witnessed those desperate measures on 18th August, 2012, apparently Arab Rezigat sponsored by Sudanese intelligence agents sneaked into Kiir Adem Payam, Aweil North County, Northern Bhar el Ghazal State, and erected three false graves of Arab Rezigat alleged to be owners of the land. To put this into perspectives, there were three purported graves of their citizen buried in the area, and here are the facts of the discovery:

Grave one marked: Mahamed Sadik Ahmed – died in 1946
Grave two Marked: Ibrahim Abdhala Ali – died in 1947
Grave three Marked: Amhaat Adhalgadir - died in 1954  

The three graves were freshly cemented which raises a doubt whether Rezigat did have access to modern cement in those years. The freshly graves were dug up, and upon inspections, there were no evidences of living soul buried in those graves to substantiate their allegations.

All these malicious planting of evidences was done to give pretext to invade an area, and uses those planted evidences to deceive international community of being the rightful owners of the land. Legal ownership of the Land is substantiated by establishing facts based on historical artifacts, cultural relic, and the existing evidences in Kiir Adem area are testimony to Dinka Malual rightful ownership of the14 Mile area. This is just a tip of the icebergs, and we will witness more of these deceptive measures orchestrated by Sudanese intelligence, and their sponsored militia allies and the purpose of this statement is to categorically dispel all those falsified evidences to justify Sudan ownership of the14 Mile area of Kiir Adem.

These deceitful actions by the Sudanese intelligence agency and their sponsored militia allies are insults to the intelligence of international community, who wants to see peaceful and comprehensive settlements to border issues. We call upon Rezigat not to be misled by Khartoum, cease from deceitful, and provocative means to encroach on an area they have no historical claim, but to pursue the path of peace that will grant them access to water, grazing for their animals, and local commercial activities out of goodwill of Northern Bhar el Ghazal’s people. An honest and serious cooperation from Rezigat will cultivate harmony, and strengthen peaceful co-existence as neighbors, and pave way for “soft border”.

Northern Bhar el Ghazal’s citizens believe that if the objective of the African Union, South Sudan, and Sudan government is to enhance peace, then it has to start with involving local communities at the borders. The Dinka-Rezigat peace Initiative, that has provided harmony since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) inception is the model, and deserves a consideration.  The State leadership under Governor Paul Malong had invested heavily to sustain in the Dinka-Rezigat peace Initiative, and it did provide relative period of peace apart from hostile actions from Sudanese government and desire to replicate “Darfur-style” ethnic Cleansing in the Kiir Adem. We believe Rezigat have been coached by Sudanese government to pursue an illegal claim on the the14 miles area that is not in their best interest. We know their interest more than government of Sudan. Their interest is access to water, grassing for their animals, and commercial interaction with citizens of Northern Bhar el Ghazal. All these interests have been guaranteed in the Dinka-Rezigat Peace Initiative we have with them.

The government in Khartoum is determined to disrupt existing harmony between Rezigat-Aweil people, and pursue their goal of illegal occupation of Kiir Adem using indiscriminate aerial bombardment on innocent civilians, sponsors militias to carry out ethnic cleansing, inflicting fears which result into forceful displacement of civilians in their land as we witnessed this past week. Their disregards for humanity have resulted in killings of seven, and eight seriously wounded mostly women and children in Kiir Adem Payam of Aweil North County in Northern Bhar el Ghazal. These sustained aerial bombardments are deliberate and coordinated actions with intentions of killing and inflicting fears among civilians population to ease forceful displacement, and illegally grabbing of their land.

The citizens of Northern Bhar el Ghazal unequivocally objected to the portion of recent 27 September 2012, Security Cooperation Agreement that included the 14 Mile Area in demilitarizing zone which Sudan government seized upon as disputed area. Although South Sudanese negotiators insisted on signing agreement to pave way for establishing buffer zone, it is mind boggling to put faith on a regime that lacks principle, and regard for any piece of agreement they signed. It was a grave mistake on the part of African Union, and government of South Sudan to make a territory deep inside Northern Bharel Ghazal as disputed area. This ill advised inclusion of the 14 Mile area did not sustain peace, but it has endangered the lives of local indigenous as clearly demonstrated by recent three days of indiscriminate killings by regime in Khartoum. We can't afford another “Abyei” where Sudanese government backed by their militia allies exerted illegal occupation, and annihilates the area of its rightful indigenous.

[Disclaimer: The USA Media Team is a grassroots Aweil Community effort to sensitize the deceitful ways of Khartoum and to offer a counterargument to making an undisputed land such as the 14 Mile Area a disputed one].

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