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S. Sudan humanitarian group to hold its annual conference next week in the United States

Omaha, April 4, 2016 (SSNA) -- A South Sudan’s aid agency, the Relief Organization for South Sudan (ROSS) said that it will hold its 2016 humanitarian annual conference next week in the United States of America.

The announcement comes as the international community intensifies pressure on South Sudan’s rival leaders to implement the internationally-brokered pact.

The meeting, which the organizers said will be conducted under the theme “Calling All to Action in Support of those in Crisis and Peace in South Sudan,” will address issues relating to the ongoing peace deal implementation and urges the participants to contribute to the peace-building process, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned.

Organizers told the SSNA that the conference will kick off on April 15 and will last through the 17th of April (Friday-Sunday) in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

ROSS also says it has invited a diverse group of South Sudanese and that experts in peacebuilding, international relations, humanitarian, and non-profit organizations issues will also participate in the session.

The Relief Organization for South Sudan is a US-based not-for-profit humanitarian agency working in coordination with other aid groups to help South Sudanese who have been displaced by the civil war and in need of humanitarian assistance.

SPLM-IO to train diplomats for foreign service

Addis Ababa, March 29, 2016 (SSNA) -- The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has released a statement with a list of its diplomates who will be send to diplomatic trainings to work in foreign countries as diplomates in the upcoming transitional government of national unity (TGoNU).

The announcement came less than two days after the first batch of the rebel forces arrived in Juba to start the implemetation of the power-sharing deal.

The list, which was released through the office of Chairman of the SPLM-IO’s National Committee for External Relations, reveals names of at least 50 people who will be working in various diplomatic capacities when a transitional government is formed.

It appears that the rebels, according the statement, have already established diplomatic relations with at least 25 nations, territories, and the United Nations (UN).

According to the text, the names of the countries rebels includes Angola, China, Brazil, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Germany, Uganda, Canada, Holland, Chad, Belgium, Norway, United Kingdom (UK), Nigeria, Cuba, Australia, Qatar, Switzerland, Sudan, Djibouti, Northern Ireland, the United States of America (USA), and the UN. The list further revealed that some of the people in the document will be assigned to work in the SPLM-IO general headquarters.

The names of the people who will be sent to diplomatic trainings are Dr. Justin Ambago Ramba-Representative to the UK, Daniel Wuor Jock-Representative to Norway, Reath Muoch Tang-Representative to the USA, Lual Mathok Ding Wol-Representative to Canada, David Otim-Representative to Nigeria, Farouk Gatkuoth kam-Representative to China, Miyong Gattuor Kuon-Representative to the UN, James Mawich Bichiok-Representative to Brazil, Bapiny Tiem-Representative to N. Ireland, Kuajien Lual Wechtuor-Representative to Germany, Magai Manyok Akochdit-Deputy Representative to Australia, Gataar el Hadi-Deputy Representative to Qatar, Dr. Tut Maluth Lual-Deputy Representative to South Africa, David dang Koang-Deputy Representative to Ethiopia, Lam Chuol Jock-Deputy representative to Kenya, Mary Nyibol Kuek-representative to Holland, Marriano Mawien Deng-Deputy Representative to the USA, David Luoy Top-Deputy Representative to Brazil, Dak Duop Bichiok-Representative to Sudan, Yohanis Musa Puok-Representative to Qatar, Professor Joseph Alia Ajawang-Representative to Angola, Dr. Gatwech Koang Thich-Representative to Djibouti, Issac Kharmis Paul Idris-Representative to South Africa, Goy Joyul Yol-Representative to Ethiopia, Sarah Cleto Rial-Deputy Representative to the UN, Nhial Reat Tuany-Deputy Representative to Nigeria, Francise George Nazario-Representative to Belgium, Stephen Mach Malual-Representative to Australia, Bol Gatkuoth Chuol-Representative to Rwanda, Adel Sendrai-Representative to Kenya, Dr. Yien Tot Bok-Representative to Switzerland, Bol Ruach Rom-Representative to Chad, Sisto Pioneson Majelikwa-Deputy Representative to Norway, Peter Cleto-Deputy Representative to Tanzania, Bang Hoth Yuel-Deputy Representative to Ethiopia, Paul Opio Both-Deputy Representative to Uganda, Charles Pioneson-Deputy Representative to Canada, Nyakan John Gile, Gatluak Puoch Puoch, Rita Tomath Ruach, Mary Nyakate Riek, Chuol Deng Gai, Judy Nyakuoth Tut, Pal Thokbuom Deng, Martha Nyamay William, Stephen Yang Chuol, Nyanthon Deng Monyluak, Seteven Puoch Riek Deng, and Kang Gatkuoth Kang.

The South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned that nearly all the people on the list are SPLM-IO’s diplomates who were already appointed to represent the armed opposition in different countries before the IGAD-Plus brokered peace was agreed last year by South Sudan’s rival factions.

The SPLM-IO did not specify the exact trainings its diplomates will participate in.

UN forms a “three-person commission” to investigate South Sudan’s war crimes

March 26, 2016 (SSNA) -- The United Nations (UN) has set up a commission to investigate South Sudan’s atrocities committed in the more than two year civil war.

The rights body, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), announced th formation of the three-person body to investigate civilian attacks, gang rapes, and destruction of villages this week after some nations raised concerns over the future of the violence-ravaged nation if a transitional government is formed.

UN says South Sudanese government has agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

A senior UN official has in recent months suggested that the number of people killed in South Sudan’s civil war could be more than 50,000.

Both UN and aid agencies have accused rival forces of committing serious crimes, with some humanitarian groups accusing government troops of committing heinous atrocities in the oil-rich Unity state.

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