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ASSD Condemns the Targeted killing of Unarmed Military Trainees in Mapel and Western Bhar El Ghazal

May 12, 2014
Press Release
 
Re: ASSD Condemns the Targeted killing of Unarmed Military Trainees in Mapel, Western Bhar El Ghazal State and call on the State Government and UNMISS to Ensure safety and relocation all IDPS to Safe Areas
 
Washington, DC, May 12, 2014 (SSNA) -- Alliance for South Sudanese in Diaspora (ASSD) condemns in the strongest term possible the deliberate and targeted killing of unarmed Nuer Military Trainees and their families in Mapel Military Training Base on Friday, April 24, 2014 and urge locals and UNMISS to rescue those wondering in the bushes of Mapel and surrounding areas. ASSD request the relocation all Nuer ethnic IDPS from Government controlled areas since Kiir led government failed to protect them. ASSD is gravely concern by the unbearable human atrocities and call upon the International Community to speed up the relocation process of the IDPs before it is too late.

We urge the Western Bhar El Ghazal State Authorities and locals to provide safe path for innocent Nuer ethnic university students, women and children throughout the state. ASSD strongly condemns and urge Kiir led government to stop all ethnically related targeted killing of the Nuer ethnic group. The consequences of targeted killing of innocent civilians or any ethnically related killings will only deepening this crisis and will not serve anyone’s interest.

ASSD call on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), United Nations, United States of America, African Union, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Norway, friends of South Sudan, and religious leaders to intervene and ensure that the signed cessation of hostilities agreement is immediately implemented by the warring parties .

ASSD call on all foreign forces in South Sudan to withdraw and stop aiding and carrying out further genocidal acts in South Sudan.

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Nuer Students’ Union in Kenya Welcomes the Agreement Signed by Gen. Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar Teny in Addis Ababa

Press Release

Nairobi, May 11, 2014 (SSNA) -- We the Nuer Students’ Union in Kenya welcome the agreement signed by Gen Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar yesterday in Addis Ababa. The agreement came at a time when South Sudanese citizens are in need of humanitarian assistance from the UN agencies; these international rights have been violated due to the crisis currently taking place in South Sudan. We believe that this agreement will be the road map for South Sudanese to achieved everlasting peace compounded with love and the spirit of Nationalisms.

We urged the IGAD, EAC, UN, EU, USA, and other international bodies to monitor the cessation of hostilities as the 24hr periods have elapsed. It is unfortunate that the government troops attacked Rubkona yesterday while their leader was in Addis Ababa to sign the peace deal, we are concerned with the way Gen Salva Kiir spoke and intimidating the general public that he is the president and must remain the president of the republic of South Sudan. That was an indication that he was not committed to the agreement.

We also welcome the released of the 4 political detainees who had joined their colleagues in Addis Ababa and their subsequent inclusion in the peace talks process. It is now clear that Kiir Mayardit fabricated his own coup and he should be responsible for all the lives lost in South Sudan. IGAD must remember that Adwok Nyaba is still under house arrest in Juba and his rights as enshrined in the interim constitution of South Sudan are violated. We demand for his immediate release as he is an important person in the peace talk process.

It is our believes that South Sudan needs a federal government that not only devolved resources from the national government to county government but also reduce the level of corruption and helps infrastructural development in our country. Federalism is defined as a political concept in which a group of members are bound together by covenant with a governing representative head. The term "federalism" is also used to describe a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units such as states or provinces. Federalism is a system based upon democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between national and provincial/state governments, creating what is often called a. Federalism is a system that favours a common federal government, with distributed power at regional, national and supranational levels. This is a system that was adopted by Canada, Brazil, Australia and India just to mentioned a few, South Sudan needs to adopt a federal system of government like the one in INDIA The Government of India (referred to as the Union Government) was established by the Constitution of India, and is the governing authority of a federal union of 29 states and 7 union territories.

The government of India is based on a tiered system, in which the Constitution of India delineates the subjects on which each tier of government has executive powers. The Constitution originally provided for a two-tier system of government, the Union Government (also known as the Central Government), representing the Union of India, and the State governments. Later, a third tier was added in the form of Municipalities. In the current arrangement, The Seventh Schedule of the Indian Constitution delimits the subjects of each level of governmental jurisdiction, dividing them into three lists:

  • National government includes subjects of national importance such as defence of the country, foreign affairs, banking, communications and currency. The Union Government alone can make laws relating to the subjects mentioned in the Union List.
  • State government contains subjects of State and local importance such as police, trade, commerce, agriculture and irrigation. The State Governments alone can make laws relating to the subjects mentioned in the State List.
  • County government includes subjects of common interest to both the Union Government as well as the State Governments, such as education, forest, trade unions, marriage, adoption and succession. Both the National as well as the State Governments can make laws on the subjects mentioned in this list. If their laws conflict with each other, the law made by the National Government will prevail.

India has a multi-party system, with political allegiances frequently based on linguistic, regional and caste identities,necessitating coalition politics, especially at the National level.

We believe with the above tier of government South Sudan will not only fairly distributed resources to the citizens but also bring towns to citizens as quoted by our late Hero Dr John Garang deMabior. South Sudanese are tired of a centralized system that creates a vacuum for corruption and lack of good governance.

The interim government and transitional arrangements should consider the following;

  • Inclusive government
  • Fair representation from all walks of life in the government
  • Youth and women empowerment
  • Constitutional dispensation
  • Formation of an independent committee of inquiry to investigate atrocities committed during the crisis
  • Formation of peace and reconciliation committee which will have youth and women representation to advocate for peaceful co-existence

We also urged the parties in the negotiation to include all stakeholders to the conflict in the negotiation process as suggested by the document signed on Friday the 9th May, 2014. These stakeholders include youth, women, civil society groups, elders and church leaders. We condemned the sanction imposed up on General Gatdet Yaka by the US government, this sanction does not only imply lack of seriousness in South Sudan crisis but it also indicate that justice will never prevail to the massacred, such inactiveness promote impunity and contradict the task of US government as a superpower. We need the architects of this crisis to be sanctioned and their looted assets frozen.

Every South Sudanese need peaceful country because peace is good in itself, but it is never the highest unless it comes as the handmaid of righteousness. Peace becomes very evil philosophy if it serves merely as a mask for cowardice and sloth, or as an instrument to further the ends of nepotism and anarchy.

We are all for a better nation, a nation that our diversity is seen as a blessing, where freedom of speech is not a privilege but a right to every citizen, where jobs are given base on capabilities but not on nepotism.

May God bless Federal Republic South Sudan,

Bona Kueth Machar
Nuer Students’ Union in Kenya Chairman
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South Sudan Women Cry for Peace’s Position Paper on the Way Forward for South Sudan

IMMEDIATE STEPS RECOMMENDED
Date: 8th May, 2014

May 9, 2014 (SSNA) -- The South Sudan Women Cry for Peace Group have been following the unfortunate events that unfolded on the 15th of December 2013 with sadness. To that effect the group was established in January 2014 and thereafter released two statements dated the 7th of January and the 21st of February 2014 respectively. The first statement contributed significantly to the cessation of hostilities draft and the second called for a renewed commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement, including the release of the remaining four in detention and Hon. Dr. Adwok Nyaba. We are grateful for the release of the four detainees and will continue to call for the government to lift the travel ban on Hon. Dr. Adwok Nyaba to allow him participate in the ongoing negotiations in Addis and/or undertake his personal needs as desired.

Addressing the key leaders in this crisis ahead of the Friday 9th May crucial meeting, we take the opportunity to brief H.E. the President, the leader of the SPLM-OP and the international community on the South Sudan Women Cry for Peace position on the way forward. The aim/ objective of this position is to achieve the following goals:

1. Stop the killings and revenge killings of innocent civilians caught up in the ethnic conflict.

2. Create space for the urgently needed humanitarian response for the victims of this crisis.

3. Create a conducive environment for an effective reconciliation process among the people of

South Sudan.

4. Take the country back on the right path, the path to unity, equal distribution of wealth and livelihoods opportunities; accessible and trusted justice system; inclusive and representative political system; and an independent (of politics and tribalism), professional, efficient and structured military and paramilitary structures, among others.

5. Ensure the factors that led to this crisis are addressed in a conclusive and sustainable manner to avoid a repeat of a similar experience in the future.

With this in mind, we believe a return to basics is necessary, to undo the factors that led to the crisis, and recommend the following as immediate steps to be agreed by the two leaders with the support of the international community:

A. Dissolve the current government, including the parliament, independent commissions and set up a transitional government that does not include H.E. the President, the leader of the SPLMOP, the current cabinet Ministers in government, members of the mediating delegations on both sides, as well as former senior government officials since the independence of South Sudan, so as to create a neutral space for reconciliation, an important pre-requisite for peace.

B. Establish a transitional government with lean structures mainly led by experienced local/national technocrats (representative of the Country) in partnership with the United Nations.

C. Task the transitional government with a consultation process throughout South Sudan, to ensure all citizens voice their frustrations and contribute to the solutions to issues that led to thecrisis. Their contributions should be factored into the wider mandate of the transitionalgovernment and inform the reconciliation process.

D. Agree on an initial mandate for the transitional government to include: disarmament and military restructuring/trauma counselling and reconciliation/reconstruction of basic infrastructure/re-establishing basic services and strengthening livelihood opportunities/reestablishing a transparent electoral system and reviewing political party registration rules and conditions, (each of these areas can be fleshed out with the help of the respective technocrats) and a final draft can be finalised once contribution of citizens are synthesised.

E. Agree on a duration for the transitional period, and here we recommend a minimum period of two years, with the first year fully concentrating on programmes that strengthen reconciliation, healing and restoration of livelihoods among all people of South Sudan.

F. During the two years of transitional government, agree on a process for political party regulations review, taking into consideration factors within the SPLM that led to the currentcrisis and the factors that have strangled the emergence of a strong opposition party, a necessityfor democracy. The two year period will also be essential for new and existing political partiesto re-establish their identity as necessary and prepare for re-registration based on newregulations agreed, and election campaign.

G. Certain pre-agreed essential agreements with other Countries, such as the oil agreement with Sudan should continue as it stands, to ensure revenues derived from the oil continue to be the main source of revenues required for the transitional programme.

H. In addition to the mandate recommended above, the transitional government should be mandated to re-activate a joint human rights investigation team that includes the Human Rights Watch INGO, the UN Human Rights group, the AU Human Rights Committee and a local Human rights team, to work together in the investigation of atrocities committed as of the 15th of December 2013, for increased trust in the reconciliation process. The findings should be shared widely and inform both the reconciliation process as well as recommendations to ensure the experience never repeats itself in future.

I. A comprehensive reconciliations process should be determined in consultation with the victims in South Sudan and informed by the HR investigation findings that include among others access to the findings of the HR investigation, a compensation package, comprehensive support for return and resettlement of refugees and the internally displaced citizens; Country wide disarmament; trauma counselling for both the victims and the combats, a forum for dialogue between the most affected ethnic groups as well as among all citizens in the Country.

The SSWCFP group believes reconciliation is a pre-condition for sustainable stability in the Country and therefore should be mainstreamed sufficiently into the ‘road map’ to sustainable peace and stability in South Sudan. As such the recommendations above are all geared towards creating the right environment for an effective and efficient reconciliation process among the people of South Sudan. The SSWCFP also believe that short-cuts to ending this crisis will only create a temporary solution and we strongly advice that this is avoided at all costs. Efforts of all stakeholders should be geared towards a permanent solution for all disgruntled groups in South Sudan.

Signed: South Sudan Women Cry for Peace

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