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S. Sudan dismisses US report on human rights violation

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By Julius N. Uma

May 30, 2012 (JUBA) — The government of South Sudan has strongly denounced the US department of states report on human rights on the country and instead reiterated its commitment to protect the fundamental human rights of citizens in the word’s newest nation.

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South Sudan Minister of Information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin (AP)

A report released by the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor documents a series of extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, and other inhumane treatment of civilians that allegedly occurred in South Sudan between January and December 2011.

Approximately 250,000 people, it says, were displaced as a result of the conflict reportedly emanating from fighting between South Sudan army (SPLA) and Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), clashes with renegade militia groups or cattle-related disputes among communities.

“The government seldom took steps to punish officials who committed abuses, and impunity was a major problem,” the report says.

Barnaba Benjamin Marial, the spokesperson of South Sudan government refuted the authenticity of the US report, describing it as a “mere concoction” to tarnish the image of the country, less than a year after it attained independence.

“We have seen many of these reports claiming that people have been raped, killed and abducted. Others have blamed the police, army and the security organs of human rights abuse. But I want to tell you [that] our government is truly committed towards protecting the lives of its citizens,” Marial said on Tuesday.

He challenged the authors of such reports to visit South Sudan, carry out interviews with the people in order to understand the actual situations on the ground.

“As a government, we are more than willing to facilitate whoever is interested in visiting any part of this country to collect information. The government is mandated to protect its people, not abuse their rights,” said Marial, who is also South Sudan’s information and broadcasting minister.

The dossier further reveals cases of politically motivated abductions by ethnic groups; harsh prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention, including prolonged pre-trial detention; and an inefficient and corrupt judiciary as other forms of abuse allegedly committed by the government.

For instance, in 2011, the report says the government restricted freedoms of privacy, speech, press, assembly, and association, adding that even displaced persons were “abused and harassed”.

“The government restricted the movement of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and NGO workers were attacked and harassed. Violence and discrimination against women were widespread. Violence against children included child abuse, child abduction, and harmful traditional practices such as girl compensation,” it noted, accusing the Police and renegade militia groups of recruiting child soldiers into their ranks.

It however remains unclear if these child soldiers allegedly recruited were released, especially after the government and the United Nations signed a revised action plan on child soldiers early this year, seeking to discourage child recruitment into the army.

Also of concern, according to the US document, were alleged cases of trafficking in persons; discrimination and violence against ethnic minorities and homosexuals; governmental incitement of tribal violence; and child labour, including forced labour in various parts of the country.

South Sudan became independent in July last year following an overwhelming vote for separation in the country self-determination referendum conducted in January 2011. The vote was a key part of the 2005 peace deal which ended over two decades of war between Sudan and South Sudan.

CORRUPTION

While the country’s transitional constitution provides criminal penalties for acts of corruption, the US report accuses South Sudan government for its alleged failure effectively implement the law, and officials continued to “engage in corrupt practices with impunity.”

According to the report, the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSAC) lacks enough powers to prosecute those implicated in corruption-related practices. Instead, it says, the mandate to prosecute is directly placed under the country’s Justice Ministry, which has reportedly done very little.

To-date, over $1 billion, between 2005-2006, reportedly remained unaccounted for in transfers of oil revenues from the Government of National Unity - the power and wealth sharing partnership in Khartoum created by 2005 peace deal - to the autonomous Government of South Sudan (GoSS) in Juba

However, despite corruption being recognised as a major problem within the southern government, no official has been prosecuted for the practice since the region gained self-rule in 2005 after a peace deal.

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  • 30 May 2012 08:47, by mayom maboung marek

    ’’we are at the making to put our house in order’’ should be the right response than denial.

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    • 30 May 2012 09:14, by codewizards

      Yes, this is what the minister is trying to say, but in a different way. He never denied the reality because it cannot be denied. I know the women raped during the search for late General George Athor Deng in my area and I can name them if needed. But what is the way forward? Blaming or denying will solve nothing but action will. I like your point "We are still building house" many issues unsolved

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      • 30 May 2012 09:49, by zulu

        I hope you are not lying about the rape of that woman. But it surely smells like a fabrication, because we in the spla will certainly hurt or shoot to kill civilian holding a gun without dropping. But to rape a woman, you should report the incident to police, or to my depute incharge or moral int he HQs. These allegations must be substantiated and dealth with promptly.

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  • 30 May 2012 08:55, by Monye Jur

    Our mouths are always quicker in denying facts that are seen on ground, U.S.A doesn’t published report from vain. I don’t agree with you Minister that all those mentioned in the report are lies. Let’s learn from this report and give room for change, always Bear in mind that; watch dogs are there monitoring this new country, we don’t have excuses of what we are doing.

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    • 30 May 2012 09:08, by codewizards

      Monye Jur, I think the minister did not say the charges are not true. The reality is that the charges were not intended to destroy human lives or abuse human rights. U have to understand that the cause is deeper than what the world can see from the outside. The tribal issues are connected with dirty politics and only when we learn to forgive ourselves all these will come to an end.

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  • 30 May 2012 09:02, by codewizards

    I cannot deny these charges against the S.Sudan Govt. But the truth is that even if they are true, it is not the intention of the govt. to abuse, abduct, rape, torture or commit any crime. These are signs of need for help within S.Sudan and outside. As u know, we are a new nation of the world, and we need a lot of help (education & development) before u expect us to do well in every area of life.

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  • 30 May 2012 09:09, by Waucity

    Human rights is bettered protected when few authorities or individuals are the one violating it. But when tribes turn agains one another, then that is war which is in many cases bigger then the government..So, citizens have to respect their follower citizens rights..This is the problem of foreign opinions, they don’t get into the details of any problem.

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    • 30 May 2012 09:40, by athoreyemodobong

      The report released by the US state department is based on facts as they were exprienced by all and denying them will never help us in any way no mater what the minister would say to restore confidence on his uncle’s kingdom.

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  • 30 May 2012 09:23, by mohammed ali

    No government in the world can stay on power, while it is stealing it’s starving population of more than on Billion dollars in only ONE year! What a punch of thieves!

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    • 30 May 2012 09:55, by zulu

      Mohamed,
      Your self serving government knows better how to stay in power. A government of the Jaalo people, ruled by the Jaali people to steal money of the sudanese people has lived by exterminating other ethnic groups. Today in Sudan, blacks live as second class citizens. they are humiliated to accept their identity. they are deprived of their resources. they stoled ss’s oil and money for decades

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    • 30 May 2012 13:19, by P.K.M

      Ali, aren’t you supposed to be fixing Sudan economy, by the way when is the last time you were talking about people of South Sudan starving if it weren’t for you not getting oil from South Sudan anymore? -----

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      • 30 May 2012 13:20, by P.K.M

        “People of South Sudan are starving” please, you just sound ridiculous! Fix Sudan economy first of which will never happened without South Sudan oil and you’ll have credibility to say something about South Sudan.

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  • 30 May 2012 09:42, by E. Defense Forces

    Watch this Mohammed....

    SLA Minnawi Chairman Inspects SAF POW http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/1040/SLA_Minnawi_Chairman_Inspects_POW/

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  • 30 May 2012 09:54, by Pif Paf

    SPLM thought that US will turn a blind eye to the HR violations & corruption but it is so visable in Juba no one can deny it. With all the 4x4 cars its hard to belive 4.7million are starving, no fuel and dependancy on aid agency.
    Reality will kick in very soon tho.

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  • 30 May 2012 10:23, by Legacy Elite

    I am an intellectual from Murle and I fear God. Why would I tell lies against anyone? This report has actually only mentioned 10% of the crimes of Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and Kuol Manyang among many other war criminals who are targetting Murle. The real hidden agenda of this disarmament is to target and kill Murle by SPLA under this cover. Philip Aguer and Barnaba Marial are known liars who deny f

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  • 30 May 2012 10:37, by Eastern

    Hon. Barnabas, how about the inocent Kenyan lady killed near late Dr. Garang’s mausoleum. How about the recent uncalled for killings at Komiru. We seems to be attepting to bury our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich. This is shameful. South Sudan is a violent society. We need to tone down our anger lest we will not fit in the new world dispensation.

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    • 30 May 2012 12:28, by Dinkawarrior

      Yes, Mr. Minister you can’t deny those evidences. Arthur Aquein Chol had been said he grasped $80 Million alone and loaned $278 million to his Awel Community. This complains had been raised since to 2006. Employment of official family members who are not qualified in public offices as part of tribalism had been said since 2005. Also there were some cases of rapes but those couldn’t be avoided with

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      • 30 May 2012 12:29, by Dinkawarrior

        Also there were some cases of rapes but those couldn’t be avoided without laws enforcement.

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        • 30 May 2012 12:29, by Dinkawarrior

          Disapproval of so many officials within the government were voiced as they have been practicing nepotism, by hiring foreigners to covering their corruption instead of local citizens. I am doubted on the so called South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSAC) if they’re not working together with those corrupters then why not releasing the names of those 13 immoralists?

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          • 30 May 2012 12:30, by Dinkawarrior

            In the government there are murderers who have been committed crimes against humanity by killing hundreds of thousands of innocents during the war and they’re acting like they are above the laws. We will work closely with our friends to bring those criminals into justice. It’s just a matter of times but we will get them one by one. Thanks God that our voices have been heard!

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            • 30 May 2012 13:04, by Dinkawarrior

              The Dinka-Cowboy need to distance-himself from his family advisors in behave of South Sudan. But they’re okay in case of Awan Chan family. The work of cabinets in the government is different from family affairs, their interest base on nationality and the quality of the nation. Family advisors may cause president to lost popularity. For example, Kuol Manyang Juuk would have been a first Defense Min

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              • 30 May 2012 13:11, by Dinkawarrior

                For example, Kuol Manyang Juuk would have been a first Defense Minister of our Nation.
                If Kuol was not rejected by the family advisers, our nation would have been stronger more than we do now. Please let’s work together to build our county instead tribalism and corruption!

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  • 30 May 2012 14:37, by Isme

    Country Country Country first and first again any self interest, You looters and greediest gluttons learn from NCP criminals thugs whom their father loot the country since they came in as Ottoman slaves and their children inherit the same spirit of looting killing, those who lack patriotism and hold on cheating and fluent in deception ways, It’s not the right time to accumulate the wealth.

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    • 30 May 2012 14:58, by sober

      On 15 November 1991, forces led by Machar waged war against Garang’s ethnic group, the Dinka Bor. The Bor Massacre reportedly led to the death and displacement of thousands of people.the history now repeats it self.

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  • 30 May 2012 14:55, by Isme

    Warning to immature kids:
    I’m warning you immature kids not to join in this forum because it is the site we reasoning the matters that are concerning our Country, how to get rid of crawling bugs along the border with inner leech that are sucking the blood of innocent people of South Sudan. SPLM’re truly insect, they are like mosquito & leech same as leech bashir, Ali nafdog and vulture Aaron.

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    • 30 May 2012 19:33, by Dinkawarrior

      Shut the fuck-up! Keep your nasty mouths away from SPLA, why are you calling SPLA insects ya donkey? SPLA is our mother and our father of our nation. We are not fighting each other but to correct the governing SYSTEMS. We want to get rid of this horrid culture of Arabism that they usually deny, they loots, they murder, they rape, and they steal. Those corrupters were Arab students.

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      • 31 May 2012 05:08, by Isme

        Don’t give fools a foolish answer,
        or you will be just like them. But answer fools as they should be answer, or they will think they are really wise.
        dinkawuzu or whatever try to give yourself a little time to understand the comment don’t rush, and to assure you don’t understand you little nasty minded. the comment is about SPLM.

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  • 30 May 2012 19:38, by mawan

    This report is rather poor. It is full of generalities about abuses, rapes and abductions without giving any specific examples. It blames the government for abuses resulting from inter-tribal violence, which the government is trying to stop desperately. Undoubtedly, there is corruption and criminals go without punishment but this is more due to lack of experience and capacity than to malign inte

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  • 30 May 2012 22:47, by marie

    Charles Taylor has been sentenced to 50 years by the ICC. The report is a case being built against those who condone atrocities in RSS. It is not a surprise when we see human rights advocates calling for the indictment of some of those in power to be indicted by ICC. This is a warning. There is no room for impunity in this 21 century. The World is watching, nothing done by anybody goes unpunished.

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  • 31 May 2012 03:58, by Zionist

    A seventeen years old, black teenager Travon Martin, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a racial Hispanic American, while walking and talking on the phone with his girlfriend. Although the American president is black; however, America is still: segregated, separated, and dominated by racistm,KKK and Neonatzim. However, South Sudan Shouldn’t be worrying about America, it’s broke any way.

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    • 31 May 2012 04:24, by Zionist

      Give me SPLM; give me SPLM-DC; give me Kiir; give me Akol, and I’ll garantee you destruction, failure, starvation, and defeat. Give me Dinka; give me Nuer; give me Kiir; give me Machar and I’ll garantee you Somalia if not Mali and Azawad. As a Dinka I’m not proud of hi-jacking the democracy of our beloved South Sudan by ....

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  • 31 May 2012 05:59, by Isme

    SELFISH LEADERS
    The major problem in South Sudan has been bad leadership with many of her leaders having their mentalities and inner configuration shaped by war, greed, corruption and ignorance. Their actions identifies them, this groups have been seduced by the enemy through dishonest gain and selfishness.

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