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Rights Group Condemns the Killing of Innocent Civilians in UNMISS Compound; Calls for the Relocation of the IDPs

Washington, DC, April 17, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s human rights block, The Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD), issued a statement condemning the killing of civilians in Bor UNMISS compound.

The Killings happened early Thursday in Jonglei State, South Sudan.

“Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) condemns in the strongest term possible the deliberate and targeted killing of innocent Nuer Civilians housed in the UNMISS Compound in Bor Town and urge UNMISS to immediately relocate all Nuer ethnic IDPS from Government controlled areas…”, the Alliance said in a statement.

The US-based rights agency also calls on Dinka Bor politicians who are part of Kiir-led government not to mislead the youths and further warned that there could be serious consequences if “targeted killing” continues.

“ASSD strongly condemns and urge Dinka Bor politicians in the Kiir led government not to localize national issues where innocent youths of Bor Dinka ethnic background are being deliberately misled to attack their long time neighbors, the Nuer”, the group urged.

“The consequences of targeted killing of innocent Nuer civilians or any ethnically related killings does not and will not serve anyone’s interest but widen this conflict where all will be fair game”, the ASSD warned.

The Alliance also renews its call for Ugandan soldiers and all foreign forces that are fighting alongside Kiir’s government to leave South Sudan immediately.

“ASSD urge[s] Ugandan President Yoweri Musseveni and foreign forces in South Sudan to withdraw immediately and stop meddling in South Sudan’s internal affairs”, the statement added.

The rights agency also called upon the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Norway, the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdon (UK), and Canada to immediately intervene and safe the violence-wracked nation.

Media reports suggest that the number of people who were killed in the skirmish could be in the hundreds.

The killings happened on Thursday when heavily armed youth allegedly backed by soldiers loyal to South Sudan’s government stormed the UN compound killing unspecified number of unarmed civilians.

Below is the full text of the ASSD’s statement

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April 17, 2014
Press Release

Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) Condemns the Targeted killing of Innocent Nuer Civilians house at the UNMISS Compound in Bor Town and Urge UNMISS to immediately relocate all IDPS to Safe Areas

Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) condemns in the strongest term possible the deliberate and targeted killing of innocent Nuer Civilians housed in the UNMISS Compound in Bor Town and urge UNMISS to immediately relocate all Nuer ethnic IDPS from Government controlled areas since the UNMISS protection force cannot adequately protect them. ASSD urge the International Community to do more in speeding up the relocation process of those IDPs before it is too late.

ASSD specifically urge elements of the Dinka Bor youths not to drag this war to their own community since the genesis of this conflict was a political one.  ASSD strongly condemns and urge Dinka Bor politicians in the Kiir led government not to localize national issues where innocent youths of Bor Dinka ethnic background are being deliberately misled to attack their long time neighbors, the Nuer. The consequences of targeted killing of innocent Nuer civilians or any ethnically related killings does not and will not serve anyone’s interest but widen this conflict where all will be fair game.

ASSD leadership would like to request the UN, United States of America, African Union, Canada, United Kingdom, and Norway to immediately intervene and ensure that the signed cessation of hostility agreement is implemented by the South Sudanese warring parties.

ASSD urge Ugandan President Yoweri Musseveni and foreign forces in South Sudan to with draw immediately and stop meddling in South Sudan’s internal affairs.

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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.

South Sudan Rebels Reject the Inclusion of Uganda in the IGAD-led Peace Talks

Addis Ababa, March 27, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have submitted a protest letter to the head of the IGAD-led talks, rejecting the inclusion of Uganda as an observer in the talks, and threatened to boycott peace efforts if IGAD allows Kampala to be part of the ongoing peace talks in Ethiopia.

The rebels further assert that Kampala is playing double standards and therefore should not be trusted.

“The SPLM/A-[in Opposition] rejects in the strongest terms possible the participation of Uganda as an observer at the IGAD Peace Process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia”, Gai says in the statement.

“It is with deep regret that, SPLM/A-[in Opposition] shall not sit at the negotiation table where Uganda is an observer because Uganda can not be both the prosecutor and the judge at the same time”, he continues.

In a letter addressed to Chairperson of IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan, Seyuom Mesfin, and signed by General Taban Deng Gai, the Head of the SPLM/SPLA-in Opposition Peace Negotiation Team, the rebels question the impartiality of the Uganda, saying Kampla should simply join Kiir’s negotiating team.

“The Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) is fighting alongside the government of South Sudan’s forces; and therefore it’s a party to the conflict which disqualifies them as a peace mediator. SPLM/A has no objection to the participation of Uganda alongside the Government of Salva Kirr’s delegation”, Gai added.

However, the rebels indicate that they still support a peaceful solution to the conflict and urge all parties to do the same.

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