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Rights defenders and activists urge Kiir to release SPLM detained leaders

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December 25, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - South Sudanese and Sudanese civil society and human right groups called on the South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayadrit to release the detained political leaders of the ruling SPLM saying political dialogue can only end the ongoing crisis.

"We appeal to the President of the Republic of South Sudan to release, with immediate effect, all persons held for expressing political views critical of the government performance and to start, without conditions, a process of national reconciliation and political dialogue with such persons and with those who are currently under arms against the government" read a statement signed by 26 groups.

The defenders and activists, including former minister Luka Biong Deng of Kush organisation, and Suliman Baldo of Sudan Democracy First Group, said that “open and free dialogue” is "the only way to resolve the current political differences in South Sudan".

African, regional and international organisations are undertaking efforts to stop the fighting in the nascent nations. However, UNMISS sources confirmed that Ugandan air force took part in the assault carried out by SPLA forces loyal to president Kiir to recapture Bor from insurgents led by Gen. Peter Gatdet.

Below is the full text of the statement of Sudanese and South Sudanese Civil Society on the Conflict in South Sudan:

Geneva, Kampala, New York, Tuesday 24 December 2013

We, the undersigned, representatives of civil society organisations from Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan wish to express our deep concern about the military confrontations that erupted in the Republic of South Sudan on 15 and 16 December 2013. We are utterly disturbed that the violence, which started in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, has now spread to other parts of the country. This unexpected development threatens the foundation of the nascent nation and puts to jeopardy the safety and well-being of its citizens.

We wish to stress our conviction that violence and the destruction of lives and livelihoods serve no purpose and deepen the humanitarian and human rights challenges faced by the government and people of South Sudan. It is also our belief that open and free dialogue that yield a mutually accepted agreement reached through the informed opinion of all the concerned parties, constitute the only way to resolve the current political differences in South Sudan.

We appeal to the political leadership of the Republic of South Sudan to put the interest and aspirations of the populace for peaceful coexistence, progress, development and happiness as their prime objective and mission. This requires greater political sacrifices from all the conflicting parties in South Sudan and we are confident that all those concerned in that part of our country are bestowed with the necessary courage and wisdom to pursue such objectives.

We appeal to the President of the Republic of South Sudan to release, with immediate effect, all persons held for expressing political views critical of the government performance and to start, without conditions, a process of national reconciliation and political dialogue with such persons and with those who are currently under arms against the government.

We appeal to the Heads of State and Government members of the African Union, particularly members of the IGAD countries, to continue to place the situation in South Sudan as a top priority on their agendas and to consider rendering their good offices and personal intervention with the parties to the conflict in view of reaching a negotiated peaceful settlement of the on-going conflict.

We appeal to all States neighbour of the Republic of South Sudan to refrain from interfering in its internal affairs or to extend military or similar support to any party to the conflict or to take advantage of the situation for ulterior motives, but to play instead a role of promoting dialogue and reconciliation between the parties for a peaceful South Sudan.

We appeal to the humanitarian community to redouble their efforts in providing the necessary humanitarian assistance and make available basic materials needed by a growing number of civilians in different parts of the country.

We pay due tribute to all the victims of the on-going conflict, including UN staff and peacekeepers, who lost their lives on the line of duty.

Signed:

1. Abdelbagi Jibril: Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre
2. Dr. Abdelgabar Adam: Darfur Human Rights Organization of the USA
3. Abdelmageed Haroun: HAND
4. Biel Botrous Biel: South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy
5. Bushra Gamar Hussein Rahma: South Kordofan Human Rights and
Development Organisation
6. Faisal El-Bagir: Journalists for Human Rights (JHR-Sudan)
7. Dr. Farouk Mohamed Ibrahim: Sudanese Organisation for the Defence of Rights and Freedoms
8. Hafiz Mohamed Ismael: Justice Africa Sudan
9. Hala Alkarib: Regional Director, SIHA Network
10. Dr. Hamid El-Tigani Ali: Associate Professor, American University in Cairo
11. Jimmy Mulla: Voices for Sudan
12. Dr. Luka Biong Deng: Kush Inc.
13. Mahjoub Mohammed Salih: Editor-in-Chief, Al-Ayam Newspaper
14. Mohamed Abdalla El-Doma: Darfur Bar Association
15. Dr. M. Jalal Hashim: Sudanese Association for the Defence of Freedom of
Opinion and Conscience (SADFOC)
16. Nabil Adib Abdalla: Sudan Human Rights Monitor
17. Dr. Nada Mustafa Ali: Visiting Professor, Women and Gender Studies, Clark
University
18. Nasredeen Abdulbari: Columbia University
19. Niemat Ahmadai: Darfur Women Action Group
20. Osman Hummaida: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies
21. Rashid Saeed Yagoub: Journalist , France
22. Shamsaddin Dawalbait: Project on Democratic Thought and Islamic Reform
23. Professor Sidiga Washi: Babiker Badri Scientific Association for Women
Studies
24. Sabri Elshareef: Center for Democracy and Peace, New Jersey
25. Dr. Suliman Baldo: Sudan Democracy First Group
26. Suliman Hamid: Blue Nile Center For Justice and Human Rights

For media contacts:
1. Geneva: Abdelbagi Jibril: +41 79 737 97 49 and +41 76 360 95 26
2. Kampala: Biel Botrous Biel: +256 778 89 67 45
3. New York: Suliman Baldo: +1 646 467 37 24 ---

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  • 25 December 2013 11:26, by Toney Toney Matot

    this was written by agents of Riek. they included the name of our veteran Luka Biong Deng who will never accept cheap propaganda of nepotism being practice by some individuals from Nuer. peace will never come to south Sudan should maroon personal deepen their egos in South Sudan problem. you claimed to be right defenders but right violators.

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    • 25 December 2013 12:14, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Tony..Toney, this was organised by Dr. Luka Piong Deng and the rest of the jalabba who advocate the so called " New Sudan" They do not want admit reality.Abeyei sons namely Deng "Ahmed" Alour, Edward Lino and Luka Piong are in Machar camp.They are pushing Pagan to be the chair of the SPLA and hence president!They want Kiir to fall then deal with Machar!It is hard to do!

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      • 25 December 2013 13:15, by Darkangel

        !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!

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        • 25 December 2013 13:18, by Darkangel

          !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
          !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
          !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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        • 25 December 2013 20:56, by Okujoboloko

          Thank you all.
          I strongly believe South Sudan can be good place for everybody only if this two larger tribes Nuer and Dinka Should allowed other people none Dinka And nuer to lead for some time.Mainly Equatorian,it seem they are neutral in nature.This is only way to solve this problem.

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  • 25 December 2013 12:38, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    LISTEN CAREFULLY:
    the sugestion is very big wrong? Two things will happen.
    1. Alternatively, if Riak Machar substitute the prisoners to remain in jail, then these detainee should be release immediately.
    2. If Riak Machar refuse not to negotiate with the government to bring situation down, because of detainee not release, then let him continue with his rebellion.

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    • 25 December 2013 13:16, by Darkangel

      !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!

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      • 25 December 2013 13:19, by Darkangel

        !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
        !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
        !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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        • 25 December 2013 14:02, by Mohammed Ali 2

          Darkangel: May be the opposite: Kiir will be assasinated , Machar will go to IIC

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  • 25 December 2013 14:12, by blesssing

    South Sudan is an independent country, foreigners have no right to say that President must release coup plotters with immediate effect. If Kiir would have been Bashir of Sudan, this detainees would have not remain alive, it is because Kiir is not a murderer and he is a good man in humanity. These people should be account for the death of our people in Juba, Bentiu, Bor and Malakal.

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  • 25 December 2013 14:33, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Darkangel
    are you primary student? Write meaningful message, instead of repeatation of one words. Joking like small child is unacceptable in this website.

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  • 25 December 2013 14:57, by Konan

    These hypocrites, warmongers and asylum seekers who earn their livings from the agony and suffering of their own poor people are the same supporters of Darfur bandits and rebels, no wonder they support Machar and Garang’s orphans/sons too.

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  • 25 December 2013 16:05, by Mapuor

    Kiir has done much in the path for peace and it is now up to Riek to do his part, he must stop his forces who are on offensive on both SPLA and Dinka civilians. Education is proven to be the worst enemy of South Sudanese, if we didn’t have Riek with the so called PhD, Dinkas and Nuer would have lived in peace. There would have been no 1991 and the current crises.

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    • 25 December 2013 16:15, by Mapuor

      As for thugs who are under arrest, they have a lot of things to answer; they are on the list of the 75;they are deeply involved in the current foiled coup that lead to the death of thousands. If they are to be released then all prisons in South Sudan will be emptied, for those who now imprisoned in all ten states have committed fewer crimes than those political whores.

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      • 25 December 2013 20:29, by Kenyang

        Mapuor,
        You said it well. These thieves belong to jail. I’m surprise they’re being treated well when other prisoners across S. Sudan aren’t. If Kiir yields to pressure esp from Western countries and release these criminals who have stirred & brought instability then there’s injustice and Mr. Kiir will live to tell when these gangs of 15 come together against him.

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  • 25 December 2013 18:40, by Rancol

    There are a lot of people who oppose the Kiir’s administration but they are not jailed. This is the fact that these human right activists must understand. These people are jailed because of their involvement in the coup. I know Riak now is regretting his stupid move as his wishes to become president are getting dimmer.

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  • 25 December 2013 19:02, by BBCs

    Who the fuck are you talking about Human right,when did you care about human you slaughter millions people .you are all human of Doom

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  • 25 December 2013 22:00, by Joseph Canada

    I believe south Sudan could be the greatest nation in Africa and the world if those Robbers are out of the Government. DINKA DINKA DINKA!!!!

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  • 25 December 2013 22:01, by Joseph Canada

    I believe south Sudan could be the greatest nation in Africa and the world if those Robbers are out of the Government. DINKA DINKA DINKA!!!!

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    • 26 December 2013 01:38, by chol

      Oh stop crying.Go and fuck yourself whether you like it or not.The Dinka are not going nowhere,so get used to it.this war will end badly in Nuer land if that what you want.Speaking of human right how about those innocents civilians who got killed as a result of this criminals.
      Chol Y

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