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November 5, 2012 (JUBA) – The United States government on Tuesday said it was deeply concerned about South Sudan’s decision to expel a human rights officer working for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Sandra Beidas, a human rights investigator with the mission, was ordered by the South Sudan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry, to leave the country within 48 hours.

Her expulsion, sources told Sudan Tribune, may have been linked to a UN report published in August, which accused South Sudan army (SPLA) of incidents of torture, rape, killings and abducting civilians during the civilian disarmament campaign in South Sudan’s Jonglei State.

Mark Toner, the Acting Spokesman at the US State Department, said the government fully supports UNMISS and its efforts to strengthen government, institutions, provide humanitarian relief, and to monitor, mitigate and prevent conflict throughout South Sudan.

“Human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting are core elements of the UNMISS mandate. It is important that the Mission’s Human Rights Officers are allowed to carry out this work without fear of reprisal or expulsion,” Toner said in 6 November statement.

Fostering deeper respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights will strengthen South Sudan’s democratic civil and national identity, as well as encourage further progress in that regard, he added.

Hilde Johnson, the Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) in South Sudan on Sunday condemned the move, which she said violates South Sudan’s legal obligation to provisions of the UN Charter.

“The order is in breach of the legal obligations of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan under the Charter of the United Nations,” said Johnson.

“Human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting, and building capacity, is a core element of the mandate of UNMISS which must be protected,” she added.

Although South Sudanese officials have not publicly reacted to the expulsion, the UN says, efforts to have the decision rescinded have hardly been successful, despite numerous interventions.

Meanwhile, the expelled UN official has been redeployed to the regional service centre in Entebbe, pending further decision on her future status.

In recent months, similar reports from Amnesty International and locally based civil human rights group in the country have accused South Sudan’s security forces of human rights violations in the country, allegations the government has repeatedly denied.

2011 attack on UN human rights investigator

In August 2011 the former head of the United Nations human rights division in South Sudan, Benedict Sannoh, was badly beaten and taken from his hotel room by 10 South Sudanese police officers. The police left the UN official at a hospital after he was beaten, kicked and punched him while he was "in a sustained fashion while he was in a fetal position on the floor” the UN said at the time.

The August 20 attack occurred after Sannoh refused to allow police to search his bags and enter his room at his hotel in Juba, South Sudan’s capital. His injuries were so serious that he spent five days in hospital before being sent abroad for further treatment.

A statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in August 2011 described the incident as "totally unacceptable”, warning that, “Unless those responsible are held to account, this will send a chilling message to all those working in the defense of human rights in South Sudan.”

Attacks on civil society

In the last five months two members of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance (SSCSA) have been kidnapped by unidentified armed men, suspected by activists to be elements of the security services, and badly beaten and questioned about their work.

The chairperson of the alliance, Deng Athuai Mawiir Rehan, said in October that his organisations treatment was “unbearable" and has called on the government to launch an "immediate investigation into harassment and targeted kidnapping of human and civil rights defenders”.

“The intention is very clear. They just want to muzzle the alliance which will not work. Our government must investigate and take actions", Athuai told reporters on Sunday.

Ring Bulabuk, a defense lawyer who works with the alliance was kidnapped on 22 October in Juba by unknown armed personnel in civilian clothes. Relatives and friends say the men were members of South Sudan’s security services.

Bulabek was later found abandoned at Juba graveyard in “a terrible shape”, Athuai said, after being kept in an “undisclosed location” with no access to legal assistance and medical care until when he was found on Friday 26 October.

“There are people who do not understand what roles we play in the society. They see members of the alliance as threat. They do not see civil society as mirror through which people sees themselves”, he said.

Despite, serious human rights issues, Athuai said that he believed South Sudan’s leaders were striving to promote the supremacy of rule law, good governance, as well as improving transparency and accountability.

The the two abductions and beatings highlight the challenges facing South Sudan, which became the world’s youngest nation when it seceded from neigbouring Sudan in July 2011 after two decades of civil war.

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  • 7 November 2012 09:42, by 4Justice

    Expecting an empowered UN to dispense global justice is like inviting the criminals to join the police force, the prosecution, and the judiciary in order to stamp out crime. Mr. Jasper shows us that behind the humanitarian rhetoric, a much more sinister agenda is at work, the agenda of a highly organized cabal that every responsible American needs to understand. In his book The United Nations Exposed, William Jasper shines a powerful spotlight on that agenda.

    After years of reporting and research on this topic, Mr. Jasper is uniquely qualified to write this book. He shows indisputably, in the UN proponents’ own words, that their real agenda is world government, whether they deceptively call it world governance (same definition), or the international rule of law.

    Mr. Jasper also shows that those who are working to empower the UN fully realize that they cannot sell their desired "revolution in political arrangements" on its merits. They have to deceive and are quite willing to do so to obtain the power they seek. The evidence of such arrogant duplicity alone should inspire any prudent American to withdraw all trust and seek different leadership.

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  • 7 November 2012 09:53, by 4Justice

    In Des Griffin’s book, "Fourth Reich of the Rich", he shows the outline or "Plan" of Adam Weishaupt’s World Revolution that he had hoped to achieve:
    1) The abolishment of all ordered Government
    2) The abolishment of all private property
    3) The abolishment of all inheritance
    4) The abolishment of all Patriotism
    5) The abolishment of all Religion
    6) The abolishment of all family and marriage
    7) The creation of a World Government or World Order- to take the place of all of the above things that had been abolished.

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  • 7 November 2012 09:57, by Paul Chadrack

    It is now good the person who understood those crooks rulers in south sudan clearly has won the election in US, it is a very great moment that the American government come for the salvation of this country from the new oppressors. they don’t want to listen to any talk about corrupt, human right and tribalism. which were the main objectives of SPLA liberation war led by John Garang.

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    • 7 November 2012 10:34, by Peter Marko

      who gives a fuck about Son of Husien re-election. If counting on this naive president to change a regime in Juba, than you will be day dreaming. let it be clear for you, Your masters will not push Slavator out of power. we, the people of S. sudan, are the only people that will vote him out in 2015, if we are not satisfied with his leadership, period. Got you idiot.

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    • 7 November 2012 12:12, by Paul Ongee

      We need to learn how to define professional journalism and the word disarmament. As we, including Sandra Beidas, decided to use the word “disarmament”, we must first think “how it CAN, not HOW it should” be peaceful if the civilians to be disarmed are willing or not to surrender their guns peacefully so that Sandra Beidas can investigate the process adopted and file her report without....

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      • 7 November 2012 12:16, by Paul Ongee

        ...using or avoiding the word “human rights violation” (HRV)for presentation to UN, Mark Toner or Hilde Johnson as well. Human right violation means the civilians to be disarmed have already violated rights of using or carrying guns. The word HRV should/must first be applied to the would-be disarmed persons regardless of tribes or county.

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        • 7 November 2012 13:03, by Paul Ongee

          Sandra Beida should be able to remember this quote of her colleagues, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights before reporting or using the word “human rights violations” in her report. “I believe we should try to move away from the vocabulary and attitudes which shape the stereotyping of developed and developing country approaches to human rights issues. Cont..

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          • 7 November 2012 13:05, by Paul Ongee

            ...“We are collective custodians of universal human rights standards, and any sense that we fall into camps of “accuser” and “accused” is absolutely corrosive of our joint purposes. The reality is that no group of countries has any grounds for complacency about its own human rights performance and no group of countries does itself justice by automatically slipping into the ‘victim’ mode.”

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            • 7 November 2012 13:17, by Paul Ongee

              Back to you, Sandra Beidas. If Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights makes the above kind of statement, where is your neutrality as an employee of a "Neutral International Organization" called "UN"? The words "disarmament" and "HRV" do not, cannot and will never correspond with each other. Digest that well.

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              • 7 November 2012 13:57, by Paul Ongee

                That is why any submitted request to UN for approval of Chapter VII is always delayed or ignored. UN peacekeepers are repeatedly expected to play more important role including disarming the civil population so that the UNHR report gets published by titling it "peaceful disarmament” or “no human rights violated” by any UN troops since they are neutral.

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                • 7 November 2012 14:02, by Paul Ongee

                  If there is NO any track record of peaceful disarmament by UN peacekeepers, it should start in South Sudan in the upcoming disarmament in the remaining counties. We wanna see the difference. It SHOULD possibly be peaceful if the civil population refuses to surrender their illegal possession of firearms.

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                  • 7 November 2012 14:12, by Paul Ongee

                    .. And South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC) will take the position of reporting on peaceful disarmament of UN peacekeeping troops.

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                    • 7 November 2012 15:15, by Luethee Ngong Anyoun

                      guys this is the correct step taken by the GV, to dismiss any body who wants to mislead and undermined our GV, , iam sure most of UN staff are doing barbaric report sometimes it is baseless , GV, should be serious to look in to it as it refused ,insist of giving local contracts to forigners while our local community are still suffering in name of their country .
                      in realy sense no violation of h

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          • 9 November 2012 19:10, by South Dengjok

            Dear me,
            The UNMISS and Amnesty international Human Right representative to S.Sudan are here working in S.Sudan 4 their own mission not advocacy and protection of Civilian right,cuz nothing more than discussion b/n S.Sudan Human right C and them, rather than to report it,S.Sudan is in mess cuze with the corruption leadership of Dinka that depend only on money and that will be cure soon in 2015.

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    • 9 November 2012 06:32, by Tutbol

      Mr. Paul Chadrack. Get an education pal, particularly a good one in english comprehension to understand the whiteman greed & his globale view scheme of things. Do you think the US is our true friend & would continue to prop-up al Bashire regime which is still maiming our people in nuba Mt, SBN & Darfur? Americans are still Europeans my friend, they are all monsters who live off the weak man blood.

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      • 9 November 2012 07:35, by australian

        Okay, Tutbol. Now that Obama has been re-elected you will see the destruction of the white man. Obama will open America’s doors so wide everyone can go in and take everything away from the hated white man. Then we will see who is "greedy": people who produce, or people who live off the production of others (like Obama himself, a parasite.)

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        • 9 November 2012 22:06, by Tutbol

          You got me wrong bro. i am not grudging any hard-working S Sudanese trying his/her best to benefit his/her people/ state, but our neglected SYSTEM BRO. Our people have been caught up b/n slavery, ignorant & iliteracy!

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    • 9 November 2012 06:33, by Tutbol

      Mr. Paul Chadrack. Get an education pal, particularly a good one in english comprehension to understand the whiteman greed & his globale view scheme of things. Do you think the US is our true friend & would continue to prop-up al Bashire regime which is still maiming our people in nuba Mt, SBN & Darfur? Americans are still Europeans my friend, they are all monsters who live off the weak man blood.

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  • 7 November 2012 14:50, by 4Justice

    The United Nations seeks to establish world peace in the face of the Bible’s testimony that “there is no peace to the wicked” (Isaiah 48:22; 57:21). It has exchanged the Prince of Peace for a pathetic attempt to bring salvation to mankind through human effort and occultic power.

    There have been several occasions when New Agers have actually channeled spirits at the United Nations. For example, this occurred in May 1999, at the Vienna International Center, which houses the United Nations and the Atomic Energy Agency. Steve Rother channeled spirits that he calls “the Group” to an assembly of people from these two organizations. He said that he found that most of the attendees had been reading the Beacons of Light Meditations, which are supposed communications from spirits, and that these are “passed around in the internal e-mail system of the UN” (“Lightworkers at the United Nations,” May 20, 1999, Lightworker.com). Those who believe in the New Age philosophy are called “lightworkers” in this report.—United Nations And The New Age

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  • 7 November 2012 15:31, by Mapuor

    However much our Government hide things,torture and expel people who report poor governance,corruption and human rights abuses,there will come a time when those in power will flee for their safety.Rate of inflation is very high only few are enjoying in the South at the expense of majority who are silent.

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  • 8 November 2012 02:09, by Tutbol

    Who give a damn of the US concerns? S Sudan govt had made a decision it saw fit to protect her citizens. A useless white people would always think they know better. I hope that slut Johnson goes as well. UNMISS is not a registered party in S Sudan. She talks to our people as if she is authority, who does thinks she is to our people? She is just another white trash with her sinister agenda. We...

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    • 8 November 2012 12:08, by australian

      Tutbol: steady on, mate; we’re not all against you. Some of us are quietly all for you, with no sinister agenda. Even as some of you are against you, and some of us are against us. That’s the way it is.

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  • 8 November 2012 04:04, by 4Justice

    The Comming persecution

    The one world government will have it’s power-base in Western Europe, the rebuilt Roman Empire. (see Dan:9:26). It will be a Theocracy, based upon the worship of Lucifer or Satan as the great "cosmic being" and Oversoul of Mankind; the new, "our Father in Heaven". The Antichrist Beast will wage war against all who oppose him, which will be the Christians — those who reject Satan and follow Jesus as Christ and Lord.

    The Governments of England, Western Europe, Canada and Russia have virtually disarmed their citizens except for antiquated hunting rifles. Christians in these countries will offer little resistance to The Antichrist who will control the Military and police forces of the world!The Mark 666 (REV:13:16-18) involves an "Initiation Ceremony" where one pledges "allegiance" to Satan.

    Those who refuse will not receive their VERICHIP SMARTCARD Implant and will not be able to buy or sell anything! The Visible mark forehead will serve to quickly identify the "non-initiates" as mass arrests and executions sweep the globe. (Rev:20:4).

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  • 8 November 2012 04:30, by 4Justice

    The Boiled Frog Metaphor

    They say that if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out right away to escape the danger. But, if you put a frog in a kettle that is filled with water that is cool and pleasant, and then you gradually heat the kettle until it starts boiling, the frog will not become aware of the threat until it is too late. The frog’s survival instincts are geared towards detecting sudden changes.

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  • 8 November 2012 05:13, by 4Justice

    LIFTING THE VEIL

    The inner core of the United Nations is actually setting the framework for this coming Theocracy from Hell.(Rev:17:3-5)

    Alice Bailey, head of Lucius Publishing, is actually headquartered in the UN Building (formerly called, Lucifer Trust Publications}. She advocates global "initiation" (666), a One World Government under the auspices of the UN, and led by spiritual beings known as "The Masters of Wisdom," claimed to have returned to earth.

    In her earlier writings, Alice Bailey alluded to a "failed attempt along the Rhine River to bring about This New Age of Lucifer."

    In 1982, the United Nations issued their New World "Prayer". This prayer is taken directly from the writing of Alice Bailey and is said to have been given to Mankind by the esoteric, (false)"Christ." Actually this is not a "prayer" but A global invocation or spell.They plan to "invoke" SATAN to Earth and Into The Hearts of Humanity.

    Every modern nation of the world including England, Western Europe, Australia, Russia, China, Japan and Canada has virtually disarmed their citizens.

    Only in America with its 250 million + guns could a substantial resistance be mounted against this Satanic System.

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  • 8 November 2012 05:26, by 4Justice

    "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." —Luke 21:34-36

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  • 8 November 2012 06:39, by 4Justice

    "We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent."
    — James Paul Warburg, while speaking before the United States Senate, February 17, 1950

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    • 8 November 2012 21:17, by australian

      I am confused: first you said religion will be banned, then you say the NWO will be a theocracy. Can’t be both, but it will, the way things are going, be an Islamic theocracy. This is what all our governments (South Sudan included) are working towards.

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