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SPLM-7: The Massacre of 145 Ethnic Nuer IDPs and Wounding of 273 Others in an Attack on a UN Camp in Bor-South Sudan

Press Release

Nairobi, April 19, 2014 (SSNA) -- On Thursday 17 April, 2014, a group of armed Police, military and Wildlife soldiers in plain clothes together with some elements of Dinka Bor Youth, armed with AKM- 47 rifles and machetes (Pangas), attacked thousands of Nuer IDPs in the UNMISS camp in Bor, the Capital of Jonglei state. The IDPs have been under protection of UNMISS in its camp since the outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in Mid December last year. Details of casualties relayed by survivors of the attacked who attended to the burial of the dead in mass graves are 145 killed and 207 wounded. UNMISS initial report on 19 April 2014 puts the figure of the dead within the camp at 58. Three (3) UNMISS personnel also lost their lives and others got wounded in the attack. Some of the IDPs ran aimlessly into the surrounding areas where their killers may still follow.

We condemn in the strongest terms this killing of innocent civilians on the basis of their ethnicity. There is no doubt that this callous attack was instigated by some senior government officials in Juba who hail from Bor County. The killing of civilians is a crime against humanity and a serious breach of International Humanitarian Law. The UN should conduct thorough investigation into this horrific attack. It is to be noted that South Sudan has acceded to the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional Protocols. Indeed, South Sudan has incorporated the Conventions into its domestic law through the enactment of the Geneva Conventions Act, 2012.

The United Nations is called upon to intervene in what is happening in South Sudan. The government is responsible for the collapse of law and order in the country through its negative policies and inability to protect the lives and property of the citizens. It is now possible that the country can disintegrate into mutually antagonistic regional or tribal enclaves if the situation is not quickly addressed. The UN itself is now under threat in its camps in Juba as attempts are being made by government soldiers to attack the IDPs in Juba itself according to credible sources in Juba. Therefore, there is need for the UN to treat the situation in South Sudan with utmost seriousness if those unfortunate events which happened in Rwanda in 1994 are to be averted in South Sudan.

Sadly, the government is consistently obstructing the efforts of IGAD Envoys to mediate speedily resolution of the crisis. The clear objective of the government seems to be the escalation of fighting in order to impose a military solution with the help of foreign military forces. Certainly the achievement of such an objective is unattainable and its pursuit can only lead to nothing but the total collapse of the country and consequent disintegration of our communities.

Since the claim of a failed coup attempt by the Juba Government in mid December last year, the targeted killing of members of the Nuer ethnic group has never stopped. The Juba government is undoubtedly determined to implement a policy of genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Nuer people. This is a violation of its constitutional duty to provide equal protection for all citizens. More than 18,000 Nuer men, women and children were killed in cold blood in Juba by the Presidential Guards and armed Dinka civilians in execution of a deliberate policy to exterminate the Nuer. This policy if not quickly reversed, has the risk of being picked up by the communities to avenge their members as has happened in Akobo, Bor, Bentiu and Malakal. The great danger is that the young country can easily be broken into pieces that may become difficult to put together again.

The elites responsible for this genocidal policy are politicians and military elements mainly from Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states. Their names will not be difficult to reveal when the time comes for justice and accountability. They have planned and concocted the so called ‘failed attempted military coup’ as the stratagem and smokescreen for justifying the genocide and victimization of individuals as well as communities. We call upon all patriotic sons and daughters from these two states, the affected communities and from other peace loving parts of South Sudan to condemn this criminal policy and refrain from taking similar actions. Let us all put the interest of the country first in addressing the current national crisis that gravely threatens the existence of our country.

Now, it is clear from the court proceedings taking place in Juba against four SPLM leaders, that there was no coup. This is evident from the testimonies of senior SPLA officers who have stated on oath as prosecution witnesses that there was no attempted military coup, that they were aware of, that have taken place on 15 December, 2013 as claimed by the government.  

Finally, we call upon the United Nations, AU and the IGAD region to speedily intervene in the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in South Sudan where millions of lives are still at risk. While welcoming the establishment of the AU Commission of Inquiry, under the leadership of former President Olusegun Obassanjo of Nigeria, we earnestly urge the Commission to speedily start its work given the continued deterioration of human rights situation in the country. We equally urge the UN and the International Community to put the human rights records of the Juba government under strict scrutiny and to hold perpetrators accountable.

John Luk Jok
Spokesperson for the Group of 7 SPLM Leaders
(Former Detainees)
Nairobi, Kenya, 19th April, 2014

SSAG: South Sudan Government Commits Another Massacre Inside UN Compound in Bor Town, Jonglei State

PRESS RELEASE

Victoria, April 19, 2014 (SSNA) -- The South Sudan Crises Management and Advocacy Group (SSCMAG) in Australia is hereby expressing its condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the barbaric incident occurred at UNMISS compound in Bor on Thursday, 17th April 2014.

The SSCMAG is deeply affected by the massacre and mass killing of the internal displaced people (IDPs), mainly the Nuer civilians by the South Sudan Government forces in Bor town. The attack is evident to be carried out by the SPLA, Youth and the police killing civilians indiscriminately. The death toll reached 250, with approximate number of over 300 wounded and uncounted numbers still missing from their hiding.

We strongly condemned this brutal and ethnic killing of innocence people, therefore SSCMAG requesting the United Nation to act now and consider the following:

1. Relocation of the IDPs

  • Relocate the IDPs to the neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya for their safety.
  • Hold the President Kiir and his Information Minister, Makuei Lueth, Bor Mayor, Nhial Majak & Defence Minister Kuol Manyang accountable for inciting attacks among the ethnic groups.
  • Demand the president of the Republic of South Sudan to step aside and allow the formation of the interim government for peace to prevail in South Sudan.

2. Ugandan involvement in the conflict

Again, we strongly condemn in its strongest term possible the present of Ugandan Forces in South Sudan. The SSCMAG recently learn that the Ugandan fighter jet bombed UNMISS compound in Unity State Capital, Bentiu on the same Thursday 17th April wounded 3 IDPs. The present of Ugandan troops in South Sudan:

  • Undermines the national sovereignty of South Sudan.
  • Is an invasion of the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Contribute negatively to peaceful resettlement of the current conflict.
  • Intensify the division of tribes in South Sudan and while the world remains silence.
  • Undermines the legitimacy of IGAD peace settlement and indeed fosters a negative role in modelling the African affairs.

3. Respect for cessation of hostilities and ceasefire

We are writing to inform the International Community that the government of South Sudan continues to breach the ceasefire signed on 23 January 2014. Therefore, the SSCM&AG urge IGAD, AU, UN and other world bodies to strongly warn the parties to the conflict to:

  • Respect the cessation of hostilities and ceasefire.
  • Stop killing innocent people.
  • Allow humanitarian access to all corridors.
  • Impose consequences on any party that breaches the cessation of hostilities and ceasefire.

Furthermore, SSCMAG is calling up on the United Nations, IGAD and AU to pressure the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and SPLM/A in opposition to respect the cessation of hostilities and ceasefire and to release the political detainees.

Sincerely,

Musa Abram, SSAG- Press Secretary
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Nuer Community in Uganda Condemns Mass Killing of Nuer Civilians at UNMISS Base in Bor

19th April 2014
Press Release

Kampala, April 19, 2014 (SSNA) -- In the wake of current renewed scale of fighting in South Sudan after stalled Peace mediation process under auspice of IGAD in Addis Ababa between the government of South Sudan and SPLM in Opposition, Nuer community in Uganda are in deep sorrow and painfully mourn the senseless killing of civilians in UNMIS on 17th April 2014 in what appeared to be a well coordinated attack by Juba-sponsored militia youth recruited mainly from Bor community. We deem this cancerous act as a fulfillment of what Makuei Lueth -The Minister of information attempt to do in the early days of February 2013 but he was denied access to enter UNIMISS base.

In terms of human loss, that cowardice attack on civilians in Bor has resulted in death of one hundred and forty five people (145) mostly women and children and had also left two hundred and seventy three (273) seriously wounded and are currently undergoing deflated medical attention in the same UNIMISS premises. It is worth mentioning here that the victims and other survivors are part of unarmed civilian mostly from Nuer ethnic groups who sought refuge in UNIMISS base in Bor.

Under universal accepted rules of engagement, such deliberate attack on UN premises definitely constitute a gross violation of international laws  in which United Nation Mission in South Sudan sought her mandate to protect civilians in  conflict situations. 

As a community, we condemn in strongest term possible the senseless killing of Nuer children and women by the government of South Sudan. This is a clear plan by the defaulted government to eliminate one ethnic community in South Sudan under helpless and silent watch of UN. While principles of  international humanitarian law Geneva-convention of 1949 and other subsequent protocols that call for the protection of non-combatant; the Nuer community in Uganda questioned the principle of neutrality that UN had played by failing to act under their mandate i.e. chapter seven of UN Charter in light of ethnic massacre staged by Juba government.

Finally, we are strongly urging the warring parties in South Sudan to refrain from attacking civilians. In the same note, we are appealing to UN Security Council to increase number of UNIMISS forces in the country as a deterrence measure to a possible scale of genocide.

On behalf of Nuer community in Uganda,

Signed by:

Samuel Gai Kuinit, Chairperson
Kuajien Chamjoak, Secretary General

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