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S. Sudan: AU deplores “senseless” killings, urges urgent inquiry


January 18, 2013 (JUBA) – The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed concerns over South Sudan’s current crisis and called for an urgent inquiry to probe the “senseless” killings and gross human rights violations in the country.

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Thousands fleeing their home towns in South Sudan (AFP photo)

Violence erupted in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on December 15 and later spread to other parts of the country, killing over 1,000 people and leaving nearly half a million homeless.

The AU chairperson, in a statement issued on Saturday, urged both South Sudan government of South Sudan and the armed opposition to cease hostilities immediately and unconditionally, and sign an agreement to this effect in the supreme interest of their suffering people.

“She [Zuma] calls on all the parties to ensure unfettered and secured access by humanitarian agencies to all the people who are in urgent need for assistance, especially women, children and the elderly,” partly read the AU statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

It has, however, emerged that the South Sudanese president accepted on Saturday a cessation of hostilities agreement with rebels who have been fighting to remove him from power for over a month.

Under the terms of the draft deal, which the two sides immediately accepted, the fighters from both sides are expected to stop engaging in physical fighting, paving the way for further negotiations on how to resolve the crisis that started in mid-December.

A top United Nations official on Friday described the situation on South Sudan as “horror”, citing mass and extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and sexual violence, allegedly carried out on civilians by both pro and anti-government forces.

“Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands are now displaced, with some 70,000 people seeking protection in UN camps and 30,000 in the two UN compounds in Juba alone,” said Ivan Simonovic, the UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights.

“We are continuing our investigation into this very serious incident,” Simonovic.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the AU commission has urged all relevant stakeholders to urgently establish a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and other abuses committed during the armed conflict in South Sudan and make recommendations on the best ways and means to ensure accountability, reconciliation and healing among all its communities.

The continental body further reiterated its strong support for the African mediation on South Sudan led by the East African regional bloc, IGAD, and commends the mediators for their sustained efforts and continued commitment in the search for a solution to the current conflict.


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  • 19 January 2014 08:50, by Paul Chadrack

    It is now clear that the killing in juba & the fighting was initiated by kiir, there is no need for investigation any more. ICC must take him to the court.

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    • 19 January 2014 20:07, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar`s plans didn`t work well,since 1991-2013.
      When he was with John Grang,he was not treated fair,and when he ran to khartoum he was not treated fair,and when he became vice president ,he was not treated fair,now he is hiding the jungle,also life is not fair,why all these happening to him.
      Things are going from bad to worse,may be the end of Riek machar,Nuer people will kill him.

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      • 20 January 2014 04:57, by jubaone

        Mr. Dumo,
        Your comments here are completely misplaced and foolish. You should have intelligently suggested whether or not Riak can be sent to ICC should he be found guiltly not just brute mudslinging without giving concrete facts or circumstantial evidences. Unless ofcourse your´re another monyjiang!

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    • 19 January 2014 20:15, by Johndumo14

      It is time for Riek Machar to join forces with Joseph Kony his best friend,they must hide in the same jungle than 2 jungles,Joseph Kony must join him in Bentiu jungle so they can get protection from Omar Albashir ,also is easy to steal petorl or diesel from the oil fields to use the stollen trucks and cars,and easy to steal food from bentiu town,

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    • 20 January 2014 07:10, by Johndumo14

      Plan(A)recaptures cities uder Riek control.
      Plan(B)distroy his bases or camps near those towns.
      Plan(c)Special forces must hunt them in their hide out places
      Plan(D)Arest Dr.R
      This peace talks is good,Salva Kiir must use the same tactics
      khartoum used to deceive Mahcar during 1990s,this time Riek machar is the looser. you ditroyed 3 states and people and properties because you want to be presiden

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  • 19 January 2014 08:52, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Sudan Tribune in a bid to reduce the scale of atrocities keep saying " over 1000" from day one.While T.Lazer from the first week said the death toll runs in tens of thousands.ICC said more than 10,000.Human life has value .Tell the truth so that the world could stop this mad sensless killing.

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    • 19 January 2014 16:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The real number of dead including the white armies is close to 20,000.

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  • 19 January 2014 09:42, by tootke’bai-ngo

    M. Ali 2,
    No one really knows the exact death toll in this cooked fake war with the helps from Bashir & M7 both tuitoring poor kiir now to be a mass killer like them.
    1,000 lives lost was in the first week & mostly civilians, but 10,000 now estimated after 4 weeks it included soldiers from both sides.

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    • 19 January 2014 12:08, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Why you are involving Basheer now?He is helping the ligitimate government with non-military assistance to mitigate the suffering of the poor, innocent and marginalized civilians.He sent medical supplies, food,technicians and opened the borders for civilians fleeing the inescurity.Military support is coming from your favourite friend.He claims both side support him!

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      • 19 January 2014 12:21, by Mohammed Ali 2

        Besides, 10,000 is much less than the real figuer.Only yesterday Philip Aguear announced that in Bor only they killed 15,000 from the white army.That is horrible !

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      • 20 January 2014 00:51, by DeltaBravo

        To Ali don’t mind this people who blame others countries for our own mess in South Sudan. Bashir is a good man.

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