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South Sudan says establishing Hybrid Court undermines peace

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January 30, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s government says establishment the much-sought after hybrid court will undermine peace, insisting it needed time to achieve peace at the expense of justice for victims of atrocities committed during the nation’s conflict.

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South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmara)

This comes after the independent Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan recently invited the country’s justice minister to attend a meeting on issues regarding the implementation of the transitional justice and establishment of a hybrid court in the young nation.

The meeting took place in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa last week.

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the unity government prefers peace to establishing the hybrid court.

"There seems to be more concern about the transitional justice and establishment of the hybrid court other than thinking of bringing peace first to South Sudan, and thereafter make people accountable," Lueth told reporters in the capital, Juba Friday.

"Our position as government of South Sudan is that we need peace, it is after peace that you can come and question me and say, Michael you have been doing this and this, and now go to the hybrid court,” he added.

According to the minister, implementation of the transitional justice at this time would never bring peace and stability in South Sudan.

“If I am indicted today and I resisted, if I refused, who will come and collect me?" he asked.

South Sudan, Lueth further said, will not participate in the transitional justice workshop scheduled for next month in the Ethiopian capital.

Article 1 of Chapter 5 of the peace accord says the unity government will establish three new institutions to help bring justice to the country. The accord provides for establishment of Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, the independent hybrid court for South Sudan, and the Compensation and Reparation Authority.

RIGHTS BODY CRITICIZES MINISTER

A South Sudanese human rights body has, however, criticized the information minister’s remarks, saying resistance to formation of Hybrid Court for South Sudan shows the country’s leaders are guilty.

“Minister Makuei, if in any way having a guilty conscience that makes him resist the court, he should allow himself to go through the due process of the law as he is presumed innocent,” South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) said in a statement.

The statement further accuses Lueth of delaying justice, which, he said, was an insult to the suffering people in war-torn South Sudan.

“SSHURSA urges the African Union, United Nations, rest of the members of the international community and human rights minded South Sudanese and friends to reign over such resistance,” it noted.

Further adds the statement, “They should instead put more pressure on Juba to ensure that the Hybrid Court is established with urgency”.

The rights body also called on the warring parties to exercise maximum restraints and opt for comprehensively inclusive political dialogue to resuscitate the collapsed peace agreement and ensure that all provisions of the revived peace accord are implemented.

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  • 31 January 07:45, by Akuma

    Sure that is our position as South Sudanese people

    "Our position as government of South Sudan is that we need peace, it is after peace that you can come and question me and say, Michael you have been doing this and this, and now go to the hybrid court,” he added.

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    • 31 January 08:33, by jubaone

      Akuma,
      Criminals often have 😱 and disdain for justice. Makuei the fake lawyer would have actually forced to formation of the Hybrid Court to show their seriousness to peace. But all this is jienge bullshitting. There can’t be peace without justice, unless of course jienges don’t understand this mutual inclusiveness. You even pay cows or blood money 💵 don’t you? That is local justice.

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    • 31 January 09:13, by Eastern

      Akuma,

      Say that’s our position as Dinka hardliners. You and Makuei don’t speak fir South Sudanese people. Moron!

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      • 31 January 09:47, by Akuma

        Eastern,

        Is South Sudan government being control by Dinka alone bro? I surprise and I hope all tribes of South Sudan are represented in all government levels. However, Hybrid court will undermine peace implementation when South Sudan have competent court to trials who initiate war to happen first. Riek Machar is first to face the court

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        • 31 January 12:02, by Eastern

          With National Security agents (Kiir really) intimidating the ’courts’ and judicial officials, do you still believe there are courts here in South Sudan? What have you been smoking lately dude?

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        • 31 January 13:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Puppets!! You call representatives!! Yes representatives for Supremacist Dinka rule.

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        • 31 January 13:54, by Nyesi Ta

          Anarchists and barbarians do not have the word court as it relates to justice. That’s why lawless communities neither can govern themselves nor a country. Their baseless claim of being born to rule proved that instead they are born to loot, rape, kill as seen in their own areas of origin where lawlessness is the order of everyday life.

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    • 31 January 09:46, by Midit Mitot

      Akuma,
      Makuei Lueth is insisting because is among the criminals who were killed civilians in Bor POCs, fact is coming, those forks will be hang soon.

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    • 31 January 11:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Akuma,
      what Minister and his government mentioned in correct, starting from president up-to ministers are there for us we the citizens of the country.
      Therefore minister should not threat world, about installation hybrid court.

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  • 31 January 08:37, by Gabriel KK

    Let’s solve the problems first before the so-called hybrid court.

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    • 31 January 09:33, by jubaone

      Gabriel,
      What problems? I think you foolishly think, peace is the absence of war but forget to understand that without justice and getting rapists, murderers, criminals and HR abusers there’s no peace. Makuei and jce criminals have blood stained hands and belong to the ICC. They are not less than bandits and goons.

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      • 31 January 12:01, by wacjak

        Jubaone!

        Yr stupidity makes you think that they only culprits in this war are those in the government and JCE. Think beyond the box, your traitor Machar, Peter Gadet, Johnson Olony and other motherfuckers are guilty unless proven innocent. Therefore, how can there be a hybrid court minus these fellows? Because of your tribal hatred, you wish the court to only arrest your enemies. You are an idiot

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        • 31 January 14:23, by Dengda

          Those you just mentioned are not exempted, it mean all who may be found guilt or accused of such crime. Please read the post again. Makuei, Marial and other in government side by the way may go and defend themselves.

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        • 31 January 17:00, by jubaone

          Wajcak or Wasaka,
          Jienges are by nature criminals and bandits who pride in killing, raping and stealing from others. Once we are done with you, then we bring Riak, Gatdet and Olony to court to be tried. There’s no exception. Even you may be tried cos you argue and think like a criminal. Killing is your culture and so you are all killers by default and must be charged for such crimes.

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          • 1 February 07:37, by wacjak

            Jubaone,
            Who are you to tame us? You tried it and ran to the camps in Uganda. Don’t you see what is going on in the country? There is relative calm. If you are one of the Equatoria Defend Forces, then declare your locality and you shall see fire. The Dinka people do not pride in killing, but you did the worst crimes that are punishable and ran away. You should have waited for us to do the same.

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  • 31 January 09:19, by Eastern

    Makuei instigated the attack on nuers housed at PoC in Bor in 2014. I have the evidence to be adduced to the right court at the right time. Makuei contributed in prolonging the negotiation of peace talks in Addis Ababa. Makuei contributed in the delay of return of Dr Machar hence inculcating the lack of political will in SPLA-Kiir; he’s calpable.........

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  • 31 January 11:09, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    That is wrong, Minister makuei Lueth, should not threat world about drilling of peace,
    Peace already collapsed. Minister himself is about to be prosecute through crime against humanity in republic of South Sudan.

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    • 31 January 12:06, by Eastern

      Ayuiu,

      Michael Makuei Lueth is calpable; I couldn’t agree more with you.....👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿!!!

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  • 31 January 11:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    What Minister Mentioned against citizens of the country.
    Minister should reverse Such psychology

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  • 31 January 11:37, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I’m 😢 today for minister makuei Lueth remarked.

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    • 31 January 12:22, by wacjak

      Only fools can accuse Makuei here, but a sensible person would agree with him that, there can be no court proceedings when the accused and the accuser are not all there. Do you want the court to investigate only those in the government? There should be a total peace so that everybody comes back and then the law takes its course. Believe me or not, that court will not work not because I don’t like

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      • 31 January 15:50, by Eastern

        wacjak, the jerky,

        How do you expect a court set up within the boundaries of South Sudan to the balls to try Kiir, Malong, et al? The hybrid court should follow the arrangement done for the trial of the Rwandan genocide suspect - it must be set in a neutral African country, preferable a Francophone country with no interest in South Sudan. Now it’s you that who sounded stupid here!!!!

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  • 31 January 12:36, by Theallseeingeye

    I think the TGoNU of SS is totally confuse, & they are confusing the World with them as well, I can’t comprehend what peace Makuei is talking about,I thought Taban Deng has been in Juba implementing peace agreement, they have even established the contentment sites! then why not the hybrid court it is stated in the ARCSS

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  • 31 January 13:14, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Justice comes before peace otherwise there will never be peace.

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  • 31 January 14:27, by Dengda

    Makuei say, if I resist who will come and get me? wow! wow! wow! I think may is transition who think if month passed he would things are over, but international community keep insist even though died you have to charge of that crime. By the way Makuei think having squadron guards mean he safe! How Gaddifi, Bin laden and Saddam Hassien Died?

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    • 31 January 22:55, by Osman

      Anyway I don’t know how South Sudanese use to thinks abuot dis stupid people called themselves international community. Dengda or whatever u called ur self u r stupid. hw can u go & trust foreigners rather than ur people’s Riak Machar is a s.Sudanes & if he has mistaken we right to correct him even Salva Kiir Bose we r Dr one who elected him.

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      • 1 February 08:56, by Dengda

        @Osman yes I am stupid, but these idiots must not get away their deed, whether being brought by foreigner or South Sudanese themselves and justice served, that what I stupidly need. Don’t of foreigner as enemy, we are foreigner ourselves, otherwise we shouldn’t killed ourselves in the first place, Kiir government is foreigners to it citizens too. let the justice reign.

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