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S. Sudan human rights association calls for resignation of security ministers over death of political commentator


December 10, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan Human Rights Advocacy Association (SSHURA) on Monday called for the “immediate resignation” of security ministers, charging both the interior and a national security ministers in the office of the president of failing to prevent the assassination of leading opinion writer, Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol, and organised killings in the capital Juba.

Awoul, one of South Sudan’s the leading political commentators, was gunned down in his house in Gudele, west of Juba city centre by unknown assailant(s) on Tuesday. His death has generated widespread condemnations and led the information and broadcasting minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, to tell press on Friday that the Interior Minister had briefed the National Council of Ministers, saying that they have begun investigations into the murder and they “suspect 70% to be assassination.”

Awuol’s body was laid to rest on Sunday in his ancestral village in Kongor payam [district] of Twic East county, Jonglei state.

Special representative of the secretary general of UN in South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, on Monday expressed her disappointment at the killing of Awuol, stressing that his death reminds the South Sudanese people of the “dark days” of the liberation struggle “against injustice.”

She made the remarks at Nyakuron Culture Centre in Juba at an occasion commemorating international human rights day, during which she pledged the continued support of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to promoting the respect of human rights.

Johnson also called on the government to ensure human rights are included in the National Constitution and to allow wider participation from the citizens and political parties in the drafting of governing laws.

Presidential advisor on legal affairs and constitutional development, Telar Ring Deng, who spoke on behalf of president Salva Kiir at the occasion said human rights will be introduced as a subject in schools by 2014. The introduction, he said, will be one of the commitments of the government to ensure that human rights and other civil rights, including free speech, are respected in South Sudan.

The chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, Lawrence Korbandy, pointed out that there are a number of challenges facing the commission and emphasised the need to secure the right to education and the right to freedom of expression. He called on the government to increase the budget of the commission, arguing that a lack of funds prevented the commission from deploying human rights monitors to Jonglei at the start of disarmament process.

The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) said it is calling once again upon the authorities in Juba to carry out impartial, speedy, fair and well-intended investigations to ascertain who murdered Awuol.

SSHURSA’s executive director, Biel Butrous Biel, said the murder marked the “darkest and bloodiest day that will never be forgotten in South Sudan by a South Sudanese or any person who believes in the democratic values and rule of law principles for which Isaiah died.”

Biel called on the government to quickly identify the assassins, claiming that the answers “lie with the country’s leadership” and that the SSHURSA “will continue to ask until when authorities provide answers.”


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  • 11 December 2012 05:20, by julia

    not the minister of security,but kiir him even if he is power greedy surrounded by bouny of gang star of corruption ,he should face mass dimonstration from every corner of south.sudan.

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    • 11 December 2012 12:20, by Dinkawarrior

      The Kiir Family members took our government as their belonging but most of those greediers where fighting against the SPLA/A while they were hiding in Egypt and in Khartoum. You guys are curse to death, shame on you!

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      • 11 December 2012 12:37, by Dinkawarrior

        Keep in minds that we South Sudanese are going to sale you out within a short period of time! Remember the Mighty Westerners were not willing to destroying the governments of Sadaam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi but their own people are the ones who Opening the Doors for Them! So we are now getting very closer with you!!

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        • 11 December 2012 12:54, by Dinkawarrior

          If you’re well protected and having a enough power to escape our assassination then you might not be able to sneak away from the Mighty-ICC! Mark my words, we are getting tired and sick of you fools!

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          • 11 December 2012 13:36, by Dinkawarrior

            We thought we were fighting for injustice and inquality for our people but you turned against us and make yourself a slaves owner King of Stomaches! You big bellies animals, we will tear your asses down soon!

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            • 11 December 2012 14:08, by Dinkawarrior

              Whoever hands was on our people since the beginning of the SPLA/M whether he or she must be hold accountable. We know them one by one, starting from you Mr. Bloodbath Cowboy and your Vice Dr. Holocaust Machar. We also be watching carefully specially the death of our South Sudanese American, those of Deng Chol and Mayol Kuch will cause a serious headache now a days!

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  • 11 December 2012 05:45, by 4Justice

    Everyone knows Mr Tin Man is the culprit, the minister of interior is innocent. Mr Tin Man is responsible for the execution Isaiah Diing Abraham Chan Awuol.Period!! This foolish Tin Man is useless and needs to resign immediately.

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  • 11 December 2012 06:03, by Wen Junuub

    Can anyone in Senior Official S. Sudanese tell me why we joined rebellion in Anya Anya one & 2 and fight against Sudan Government? I think the message was cleared because we wanted freedom. Now we got it, what is killing us again without the enemy. Are our people being killed cos of government positions or money? Instead of taking someone’s life away, why not telling them to leave the job?

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  • 11 December 2012 06:17, by Wen Junuub

    If the Government is heading to wrong direction, it’s gud to admit the truth rather than covering up. Why S.S gvt criticised theirs citizens when pple need changes. It doesn’t mean that when u in power, than u don’t need 2 listen what people said. It shows no justice. Iam totally sickened of assissination every day & night. It’s a bad records for young Nation to adopt killing as their interest.

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  • 11 December 2012 06:31, by master

    i wish this gov stay in power for the next 55 year

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    • 11 December 2012 06:53, by Mach

      Mister, South Sudan is not Sudan; if your Bashir stays in power for 23 plus years, that doesn’t mean other countries’ leaders, does the same thing. We in South Sudan could not be that highly irrational to keep anyone in power for that long. If you’re an idiot in your classroom; it doesn’t everyone in the class is wearing your brain!

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    • 11 December 2012 07:04, by wang

      Master Chief
      South is way better in term of security compare to that yours warlord zoon so called North Sudan

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    • 11 December 2012 18:48, by Ahmed Chol

      that is impossible. Take the age of Salva or any senior official and add 55 years to it. What do you get? In the next 55 years, it will be a different government run by a different generation. This government will be a history in books. The question is, what will they leave behind?

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  • 11 December 2012 06:41, by 4Justice

    See! Master is confirming what I said, "Salva is a gift from allah," the islamist are a lucky bunch.

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  • 11 December 2012 06:57, by wang

    Miss Hilde F. Johnson and her boyfriend Dinka Dominant corruptions should be next target if they don’t shut their mouths up. Who she think she is by talking about the resignation of our top security ministers.

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  • 11 December 2012 06:59, by Akuma

    Impossible to happen since Gogrial Stupid self-serving (GoSS) are having hand in killing innocent civillians, looting properties, and kidnapping people in juba. We admit our mistake of voting for them. They don’t mind of human rights violations, how come Kiir will admit his government officials to resign when he is also victim of killing...........Ashame Kiir Kuethpiny

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    • 11 December 2012 08:40, by Nibs

      Isaiah Abraham was either murder by Dr.Lam or Akol Paul.look at his recent articles,he was critical of lam.this nation of yours lack intelligent detector,in such cases of premeditated murder,you have to scurtize the recent activities of the decease.otherwise Dr.Lam and Mr.Akol should be prime suspects.

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  • 11 December 2012 09:17, by wen yar

    Too little too late to tell Diing Abraham that S.Sudan doesn’t need people who talk what they know from this government.
    i bet Somalia is more safer than this country
    shame on them

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    • 11 December 2012 09:33, by Kurnyel

      I heard that Dr Reik Machar is in critical condition suffering from stock and diabetis, death to him.

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      • 11 December 2012 13:28, by Nibs

        I also hear president bashair had develop asshole cancer in addition to throat cancel.according to a reliable source in khartoum,his new gay partner from a Hamas is a dangerous man.he must have long and huge d*ck.mr.president was screaming the whole night disturbing the neighborhood.according to the source,he was declare asshole cancer victim this afternoon.death to president gay!

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  • 11 December 2012 11:46, by maring

    big, non educated leaders of south Sudan should resigned from power especially Kiir and his home-mad advisors who deslike truth to be said. shame on south Sudan goverment

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  • 11 December 2012 14:15, by Foxtail

    I think we should spare the poor Interior minister. he’s green about the killing. get the national security minister and ask him, who killed Isaiah Abraham. and anybody in the office of the president is also implicated in my opinion. this is because, the shit was cooked, planned and coordinated in a well placed manner. disguise is that shit who has a hand in the death of this innocent south Sudan.

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  • 12 December 2012 08:13, by Mapuor

    That is a civilize way of addressing such issues.Oyai and Magay should resign immediately for they have failed to deliver effectively and investigation has to continue till culprits are caught.South Sudan is going to adopt a federal system and four year term soon this will minimize most of our problems.

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