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SSHURSA calls on the President of the Republic to reverse his decision and reinstate the reconciliation process in South Sudan

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SSHURSA PRESS STATEMENT

SSHURSA calls on the President of the Republic to reverse his decision and reinstate the reconciliation process in South Sudan

For Immediate release: April 16, 2013

The South Sudan Human Rights Society For Advocacy (SSHURSA) calls upon the President of South Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit to reverse his decision of cancelling the National Reconciliation process that the Government of South Sudan has been facilitating through the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission. SSHURSA was shocked on April 15, 2013 by the Republican decree which threw off the National Reconciliation process.

In view of SSHURSA on this matter, this is a contradiction within the national executive arm of Government of South Sudan in general and at the presidency in particular whereas, at best, it’s an attack on the South Sudan’s highest law.

Article 35(1) of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan (TCSS) 2011 provides guiding objectives and principles for the Government at National and State levels and it states;

“All levels of government and their organs, institutions and citizens shall be guided by the objectives and principles contained in this Constitution”.

Article 36 of the TCSS 2011 provides for the political objectives and; one of which is “National Reconciliation”. Specifically; Article 36(2) (b) states;

“All levels of government shall initiate a comprehensive process of national reconciliation and healing that shall promote national harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence among the people of South Sudan”

The fact that the government initiated the reconciliation process this year 2013 through the Peace and Reconciliation Commission was indeed a good start and an implementation of a Constitutional provision. The Republican decree cancelling the reconciliation process issued by the head of the same government that decided to implement the Constitution is not only great embarrassment to the nation but a contradiction to the supreme law, the Constitution which the President himself assented into law on July 9, 2011.

When the process of the National Reconciliation started this year by the Government, SSHURSA hailed the decision as a very important and a courageous move, though tedious and long but a better journey towards a peaceful society. It is a process whose end-results may usher in the respect of rule of law, human rights and promote hopeful and united spirits within reconciled hearts and minds of the majority long war and violence-traumatized South Sudanese population.

SSHURSA therefore, strongly appeals to His Excellency; President Salva Kiir Mayardit to reinstate the reconciliation process. SSHURSA also appeals to the President that if he is not happy with the Peace and Reconciliaton Commision, Vice President and the Advisor to the President overseeing the process, then he is at liberty to change the institution and the personalities running it. Cancelling the process altogether, is a direct interference of the provisions of the Constitution by the President and a clear contradiction within the government national policies.

South Sudan needs reconciliation along side with strong justice systems. The President would underscore to implement the Constitution by reinstating the reconciliation process. This process of national healing must not be narrowed down to personalities but seen as for the national interest which should start now. It’s a long, painful and tedious journey to healing the wounded hearts and minds of South Sudanese people but it is at least better option since the justice systems have failed to bring order and peace and end impunity in South Sudan from the year 2005 hitherto. SSHURSA fully supports the non-politicised reconciliation process.

For this press statement, contact SSHURSA through its Executive Director; Biel Boutros Biel on: Telephone number: +211 915 364 531;

E-mail: sshursa2007@gmail.com, Juba, South Sudan


South Sudan Human Rights Society For Advocacy(SSHURSA) is a non political
and non profit making organization founded in 2007 with its vision geared towards
building an enlightened Human Rights abiding South Sudan. Its mission is
to monitor, document human rights vioaltions in South Sudan and train general
public on the respect and importance of Human Rights, fundamental freedoms
of an individual, democracy and Rule of Law to creating responsible, justice and good
governance oriented South Sudan. SSHURSA pays particular focus on the
rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups.

Contact us Through:

Cell:+249955300382
E-mail: sshursa2007@gmail.com

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  • 18 April 2013 14:55, by Madingthith

    @SSHURSA,
    The President of Republic of South Sudan will never accept to reinstate the powers to Riek Machar but he (Kiir)will see whether he accept to let the National Reconciliation continue or not but in my own perspective I don,t see whether this National Reconciliation can really change the stubbornness of South Sudanese citizens. I am not part and parcel of this reconciliation processes.

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  • 18 April 2013 16:48, by Madingthith

    Is the body of SSHURSA still residing in Khartoum because I have seen that they are still using the country code of Sudan i.e. +249 in their telephone line below the article.
    I think their minds set only to Khartoum affairs and forget about the Human right’s work that they are overseeing in the Country of South Sudan. Butrus Biel should be careful and learnt from Deng Athuai Mawiir about 2012

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    • 19 April 2013 09:06, by bianaathling

      SSHURSA,Thank for calling on the President to reverse his decision but i don’t think he will let National Reconciliation to be done base on his perception about it .The president has no time to read what is written in the constitution as you are doing it and this sometimes lead him to act outside the constitution.National reconciliation was the first priority during America civil war and China clw

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    • 2 May 2013 14:58, by Kedo

      Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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  • 19 April 2013 21:49, by panom lualbil

    I disagreed with ’RECONCILIATION’ by RIAK MACHAR when its caused werent clearly mention. It suppose to be for dinka, nuer and murle who’re against each other, mostly NUER who are still against SPLA- since 1991-this forum can tells.

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  • 2 May 2013 14:59, by Kedo

    Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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