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South Sudan Rebels Seize Bor as Peace Efforts Intensify

Bor, December 31, 2013 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s rebel forces loyal to South Sudanese former Vice president Dr. Riek Machar have recaptured Bor, the capital of Jonglei state.

The rebels seized the town early Tuesday.

The SPLA defected forces launched an attack on government troops early Tuesday, the South Sudan News Agency has learned.

The assault comes just one day after the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni threatened to use military force against rebel leader if he (Machar) refuses to accept a ‘ceasefire’.

Kampala's interference in Juba’s internal affairs increases the tension between the warring forces, with people loyal to the rebels’ leader asserting that Museveni involvement will not deter them and want the International Community to stop the Ugandan leader.

Earlier this week, the Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD), a US-based human rights group, condemned Uganda’s involvement in South Sudanese affairs and advised Addis Ababa and Nairobi ‘to stay neutral’.

“Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) condemns the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for his involvement in the internal South Sudanese Affairs”, says the statement.

“We would like to ask the UN, United States of America, African Union, Canada, United Kingdom, and Norway to intervene and ask Uganda to leave South Sudanese alone”, ASSD added.

Rebels’ spokesman Moses Ruai said their forces now control the strategic town.

“Bor is under our control ... we are now in Bor town”, Ruai said.

Meanwhile, the SSNA has learned that both Machar and Kiir have agreed to peace talks expected to take place in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The talks are likely to begin as early as this week.

The rebel leader, Dr. Machar, has also formed his negotiating team headed by Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, the widow of the South Sudanese charismatic leader and founder of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), late Dr. John Garang de Mabior.

South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said today that his government is sending a negotiating team to Ethiopia as soon as possible.

"We are going there," Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin was quoted by the Reuters News Agency as saying.

Fighting erupted in Juba on December 15, between units of presidential guards…and at least 1000 people have been killed.

SSHURSA Urges International Community to Disallow President Museveni Destroys South Sudan

PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; December 30, 2013, Juba, South Sudan
SSHURSA URGES INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO DISALLOW PRESIDENT MUSEVENI DESTROYING SOUTH SUDAN

December 30, 2013 (SSNA) -- The South Sudan Human Rights society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) calls upon the sincere members of the international Community and the African Union to disallow Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has already prepared to destroy South Sudan.

Considering President Museveni as one of the key central figures in IGAD-Peace led mediation and reconciliation over South Sudan’s recent crisis, is a terrible miscalculation by the regional body, the IGAD and unforgivable betrayal of the people of South Sudan by the international Community. The United States and British Governments as well as other nations should rise up to prevent more bloodbaths fueled by Mr. Museveni in South Sudan. President Museveni is known by many South Sudanese citizens as partial, one sided self-proclaimed mediator and great mouth in meddling in South Sudan’s internal politics and security matters. For the last one year, he had been accused by sections of citizens in South Sudan and Uganda Parliament as a man who encourages crises in the South Sudan’s ruling SPLM party internal affairs as he has been allged of misadvising South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to listen to no one but believing in military might of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces to back up the latter’s own military guards against any internal political critics.

Against that background, Mr. Museveni cannot be one of the mediators on South Sudanese internal crises as he has always been known by sane South Sudanese and Ugandans of his partiality by taking unilateral military decision to deploy UPDF to fuel violence in South Sudan.

SSHURSA recommends the following:

1. Calls on the International Community should strongly condemn and urge Mr. Museveni to stop meddling in South Sudanese internal affairs and restraint him from uttering statements that don’t serve purpose of peace and reconciliation in South Sudan but fueling violence

2. Urges Mr. Museveni to stop moblizing IGAD countries to destroy South Sudan militarily under the claim of fighting SPLA forces against Juba under former South Sudan’s VP Riek Machar.

3. Urges Uganda Parliament to pass a motion against illegal deployment of UPDF to call on Mr. Museveni to withdraw them from South Sudan before it is regarded as forces of occupation.

4. SSHURSA urges sane members of South Sudan Legislative Assembly to pass a motion against the deployment of Uganda’s troops in South Sudanese soil which fuels internal conflict.

5. SSHURSA calls upon IGAD to pursue peace and reconciliation by discussing root causes of crises with the ruling party SPLM rather than taking sides to further deep wounds among the South Sudanese people who are well educated in what has been going in South Sudan and how the current crises started.

6. Calls upon international human rights groups and people of good will to expose and condemn Museveni’s acts of partiality that is fueling crises in South Sudan and throwing Great Lakes region into crises. Any sane human being must ask; if Museveni’s UPDF failed to defeat the rebellion of Nothern Uganda Joseph Konyi’s Lord Resistance Army for over 20 years, what miracle would he have to be successful in foreign land if not yearn for organized anarchy in South Sudan to divert the intention of Ugandans from their own internal governance crises?

7. SSHURSA also calls upon international community to pressure on President Salva Kiir to release the 11 political detainees he alleged of staging a coup against him. The release will pave way for dialogue between him and his former deupty Riek Machar.

8. SSHURSA calls upon UN to create buffer zone between the fighting forces to prevent more escalation of violence and pressure the two leaders for talks genuinely meant to bring sanity, peace and true reconciliation to South Sudan.

9. Calls upon Uganda and South Sudanese civil society to stage demonstrations against iilegal deployment of UPDF in South Sudan.

Finally, SSHURSA condemns the violence and the irresponsible SPLM dictatorship that has thrown the country into deep insecurities and also pays deep condolences to all families for the loss of dear ones in the senseless war.

For more information about SSHURSA or this press release, contact SSHURSA through its Executive Director on E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.sshursa.org

ABOUT SSHURSA: South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) is an incorporated non political and non profit making Human Rights organization founded in June 2007 by South Sudanese Lawyers and Law Students at Makerere Law Development Centre (LDC), Kampala-Uganda. In 2009, it became operational in South Sudan with its head office in capital city Juba and co-ordination offices in the states. It membership composes of individuals and organizations who believe in its human rights protection mandate. Its vision is for a democratic and human rights abiding South Sudan and with its mission to monitor, document and publish human rights status in South Sudan and also train general public on Constitution, the importance of human rights, fundamental freedoms of an individual, Rule of Law, democracy, Transitional Justice and International Humanitarian Law , all geared towards creating a more responsible, justice and good governance oriented South Sudan. SSHURSA pays special focus on the rights of children, women and other vulnerable groups.It also keeps close attention to the strict observance of the supreme law, The Constitution.

Rights Group Condemns Uganda’s Involvement in South Sudan’s Affairs, Urges Ethiopia and Kenya to Stay Neutral

Washington, DC, December 29, 2013 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s human rights group, the Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) has condemned the Ugandan government’s involvement in South Sudan’s internal affairs.

In a press release extended to the South Sudan News Agency, the group urges other East African nations, particularly, Ethiopia and Kenya to stay neutral in the ongoing crisis in the conflict-hit South Sudan.

“Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) condemns the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for his involvement in the internal South Sudanese Affairs”, says the statement.

“ASSD specifically urge Kenya and Ethiopia to stay neutral and not follow what Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is doing in South Sudan”, the statement continues.

In its declaration, the US-based rights groups said “ASSD urge all Eastern African Countries to stay neutral without meddling in the South Sudanese internal affairs as this may complicate and widen this conflict to the entire region”, the group warned.

“We urge President Museveni to stop using latest weaponry to massacre innocent South Sudanese in the Greater Upper Nile Region and immediately stop aiding Kiir’s militants with air support”, the statement added.

On Friday, leaders of East Africa met in the Kenya capital, Nairobi, and threw their weight behind South Sudanese president Salva kiir.

“Let it be known that we in IGAD will not accept the unconstitutional overthrow of a duly and democratically elected government in South Sudan. Violence has never provided optimum solutions”, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement.

The news of IGAD’s support to Kiir was received with mixed reactions in South Sudan; some Juba’s residents branded the Block’s move as a “statement of cover up”.

The Alliance calls on the United Nations, Norway, United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to intervene and help the two worrying parties reach a peaceful solution. The group also urges member states of the International Community to ask Uganda to leave South Sudan.

“We would like to ask the UN, United States of America, African Union, Canada, United Kingdom, and Norway to intervene and ask Uganda to leave South Sudanese alone”, ASSD says.

On the 15th of December 2013, fighting erupted in Juba between different units of presidential guards. On the next day, president Kiir declare in a press conference that his political rivals led by former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar staged a coup, but, the claim has been met with fierce resistance from the public with some senior government officials calling it “an inside job” planned to get rid of anyone who changes Kiir’s leadership style.

At least 1000 people have been killed in the conflict and many people are still missing.

Bellow is the original text of the statement:

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December 29, 2013
Press Release

Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) Condemns Ugandan Yoweri Museveni Involvement in South Sudanese internal Affairs

Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) condemns the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for his involvement in the internal South Sudanese Affairs. ASSD urge all Eastern African Countries to stay neutral without meddling in the South Sudanese internal affairs as this may complicate and widen this conflict to the entire region.

ASSD specifically urge Kenya and Ethiopia to stay neutral and not follow what Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is doing in South Sudan. We urge President Museveni to stop using latest weaponry to massacre innocent South Sudanese in the Greater Upper Nile Region and immediately stop aiding Kiir’s militants with air support.

We would like to ask the UN, United States of America, African Union, Canada, United Kingdom, and Norway to intervene and ask Uganda to leave South Sudanese alone.

The Alliance urge Ugandan forces in South Sudan’s soil to leave immediately and failure to do so constitute an invasion and meddling in South Sudan’s internal affairs.

For more information, please call us at +1(202) 709- or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Department of Information and Public Affairs
Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD)
Washington, DC, USA
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About the ASSD: ASSD is an umbrella organization for South Sudanese organizations and individuals championing the causes for freedom, democracy, human rights, governance and development in South Sudan.

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