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S. Sudan right body says AU report will aid peace implementation

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October 29, 2015 (KAMPALA) - South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) has welcomes release of the final report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS), which found that atrocities were committed by both warring parties in the country’s over 20-months conflict.

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Jose Dougan, the chief investigator for an African Union committee looking into alleged human rights abuses committed in South Sudan, speaks to the media in Jonglei state capital Bor on 8 September 2014 (ST)

The release of the long-awaited report, the human rights entity said, is momentous for the implementation of the peace deal, which was signed in late August.

“As the realities of atrocities exposing, though series of denials and counter denials would likely surface, the report would however, partly contribute to smooth implementation of the signed peace agreement,” SSHURSA said in a release.

The rights body, however, the contents of the 318-page report and its consequential effects, should be managed within the context of making paradigm shift towards a democratic federal Republic of South Sudan.

“It would be in the interest of peaceful South Sudan to implement the findings of this report though consecutively. SSHURSA calls on warring parties, other stakeholders and international partners to use the report to cement the implementation of peace agreement,” it added.

The AUCISS report, further stressed the human rights body, would be a significant toward establishing and strengthen the institutions of governance which will help prevent the documented atrocities and use of state’s machinery by individuals to dismantle South Sudanese socio-political fabrics as alluded in its numerous recommendations.

“As soon as the transition period being stipulated in signed peace agreement starts, the setting up of the hybrid court of South Sudan, commission for truth, reconciliation and healing as well as compensation and reparation authority is eminent and should be prioritized,” it argued.

The right body called on South Sudanese to use the report as a starting point to forge a new era of truth, peace, unity and sense of humanity with a resolve never to cause such harms to each other or any of their neighbours.

Both warring factions involved in the South Sudanese conflict committed war crimes in the country’s capital, Juba, Bor, Bentiu and Malakal towns, the AU probe team noted.

Most of the “indiscriminate” and “unlawful” killings of civilians or soldiers in Juba were, however, allegedly committed by element of South Sudanese security forces.

“These attacks resulted in massive killings in and around Juba. The people killed were either found during the house to house search or captured on roadblocks,” partly reads the report.

The commission, headed by former Nigerian leader, Olusugen Obasanjo said there are reasonable grounds to believe war crimes of rape and torture were committed against civilians in and around Juba, citing evidences that point to state security involvement.

“The evidence collected also suggests that war crime of forced enlisting of children in the army were committed,” it stressed.

(ST)

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  • 30 October 2015 08:33, by Mr Point

    The report will lead to routine denials by the government.
    Kiir will continue to renege on the Peace Agreement.
    He will continue to pick apart the state constitution, to destroy the representation of the SPLM and to take more powers unconstitutionally.

    South Sudan will become another Somalia if he is not stopped.

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    • 30 October 2015 10:06, by jubaone

      Mr. Point,

      Dont worry, it is a choice Kiir and his Jaang Council of Elders have to make: adhere to the peace provisions or go down the drain. Only when all Southerners arm each other, can ther be real peace, cos then the jaangs will not bully the rest. Let SSudan become another Somalia. The jaang must also taste being bullied.

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      • 30 October 2015 11:11, by Khent

        jubaone

        You’re being delusional and clueless, as usual. Mr. Point is a Dinka and he campaigns against this ’criminal’ government’ without end... the very same way that Isaiah Abraham campaigned against the thugs in Juba before they had him killed for it. You’re pathetic.

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        • 30 October 2015 11:18, by Khent

          Khartoum provided tribes in Upper Nile, Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal with which to fight the Dinka for decades on end. Khartoum enthusiastically armed the Mundari militia, the Bari dominated Popular Resistance Movement/Army, the Equatorial Defence Force and a multitude of tribes like the Toposa, Lotuka, Didinga, Boya, Acholi and many others...

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          • 30 October 2015 11:24, by Khent

            Khartoum also armed the ’Fertit’ - a name applied to more than a dozen different tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Raga county. These tribes included the Kresh, Yulu, Shat, Balanda, Feroghe, Buja, Kara and Banda. The Murle were also used against the Dinka. The Nuer were Khartoum’s favorite tribal group in South Sudan. You can’t blame a lack of arms for your inability to "bully" the Dinka.

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            • 30 October 2015 11:31, by Khent

              This website really should introduce a forum section or at least the option to edit one’s posts for 10 minutes. A forum section would increase traffic and make Sudan Tribune more profitable. The people that manage Sudan Tribune should have a think about it.

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        • 30 October 2015 17:11, by jubaone

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          Khent,

          If indeed Mr.Point is a jaang as you alluded, then he must be one of the very few who objectively refutes and denounces whichever atrocities commited under the name of the jaang. He is humane and has a clear conscience that is contrary to the majority jaangs who either silently and with cynicism condone such atrocities or are outright fearful for being called tribal outcasts/traitors,

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          • 30 October 2015 17:23, by Khent

            jubaone

            A lot of Dinkas have clear consciences; the vast majority of them do not support any acts of criminality. Virtually all of the non-Dinka that are opposed to this criminal ’government’ always speak of the punishment that they hope to subject the Dinka to [as a whole] once they achieve their objectives. Is it really any wonder that we don’t support such people?

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            • 30 October 2015 17:26, by Khent

              Should the Dinka support Riek? This is what Riek said to a journalist in the wake of the 1991 split:

              He discounted tribalism as “from a different age”, though boasted that he has “not seen a Nuer who doesn’t support me.” In the same breath, he added, “if there is a tribal element, the Nuer would destroy all the Dinka.” (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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              • 30 October 2015 17:26, by Khent

                "The atrocities committed are things [the Dinka] asked for”, he said. He claimed he had dictated what happened: “Fighting at Bor did not get out of control. I was in total control of how far the troops went. “(Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                • 30 October 2015 17:34, by Khent

                  ..The fact that Riek is the leader of the rebels will ensure that we will never side with him. Riek killed tens of thousands of Dinka civilians in 91 and boasted that his tribe could wipe out the Dinka and so we’ll NEVER accept him as President. He did to us what Salva Kiir did to the Nuer...

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                  • 30 October 2015 17:42, by Khent

                    ..Salva’s incompetence and his penchant for excluding everybody to his own detriment has wakened him. He has successfully angered and sidelined virtually the entire Dinka tribe with the sole exception of a select group of clans from two Dinka sections out of a grand total of 15. We will NEVER support Riek. We will NEVER allow him to become President, no matter what.

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  • 30 October 2015 19:29, by lino

    Kiir and Riek are the same sides of the coin. Both committed atrocities that they should be questioned b South Sudanese People.

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