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Opposition parties calls world leaders to speak on South Sudan genocide

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Civilians seek protection as they sleep outside the UNMISS compound in Wau following deadly clashes in June 2016 (UNMISS Photo)
April 17, 2017 (JUBA) -The South Sudanese political oppositions groups have called on the world leaders to admit that a genocide is taking place in the troubled country and to hold the government of President Salva Kiir accountable for its crimes

The call was made in a joint statement issued by six oppositions groups including the Sudan People Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement, former detainee (FDs), National Democratic Movement (NDM), People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) and the National Salvation Front (NAS).

The opposition groups accused president Salva Kiir of graves crime committed in the country since December 2013, when the army targeted Nuer in Juba and later continued to kill them in Greater Upper Niles, Equatoria, and Western Bahr el Ghazal regions.

“The unfolding genocide is a repeat of this same regime’s December 2013 Juba massacres of ethnic Nuer civilians, which resulted in reprehensible reprisal attacks against Dinka civilians in other parts of the country. This chain of events triggered the still on-going civil war that was imposed on the people barely two years after the country gained independence on 9th July 201,” the statement read.

The opposition groups pointed an accusing finger to the government army, SPLA and its allied militias known as the Mathiang Anyor saying they carried out cold-blood and execution of community members, Church leaders torturing and raping of civilians and mass dehumanising acts.

The opposition’s leaders are urging the world leaders to come out publicly and pronounced the genocides in South Sudan.

“We urge the region and the international community to urgently investigate, document, prosecute and punish the perpetrators of recent genocide in Wanduruba, Yei, Lainya, Pajok and Kajokeji in Equatoria, Wau in Bahr el-Ghazal, and in all of Upper Nile before appropriate courts or tribunals. All such targeted killings anywhere of innocent Dinka or non-Dinka civilians are reprehensible and inexcusable and should be subject to the same due legal process”.

The opposition urged the world leaders to come out with one voice to "recognise and condemn the genocidal actions of Kiir’s regime". “Their continued silence and denial only emboldens, encourages and indeed rewards the perpetrators of the crime and punishes their victims,” they stressed.

“We, therefore, call upon the AU, the UN Secretary-General, and the UN Security Council to issue a full, frank, and just acknowledgement of the unfolding genocide as a necessary first step to honour the victims and their families and signal a glimmer of hope for the future. President Salva Kiir and his regime must be forced to comply and to take full responsibility for their actions and crimes. Only then can a peaceful political process to end this unprecedented and untold suffering begin”, the statement concluded.

United Nations agencies say that 3 million South Sudanese have been uprooted by the violence, resulting in the hugely unprecedented displacement of populations from their homes, which is considered to be the biggest cross-border exodus in Africa since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

UNMISS deputy head Moustapha Soumare, earlier this month called on South Sudanese to learn from the Rwandan experience and to not repeat a genocide that took place in Rwanda 23 years ago.

“As we gather here today we also remember the victims of the conflict in South Sudan. The senseless fighting over the past few years has left thousands of people dead and millions displaced. May the South Sudanese people and their leaders unite through courage and resolve, and resolve the fighting,” Mr Soumare said in an event to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

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  • 17 April 23:36, by Lino Gai Akok

    These are nonsense from unregistered political parties.
    These are people who rebelled against legitamate and elected government of Republic of South Sudan.these are not recognised political parties but criminals who took up arms against government, rape women and girls, conduct targetted or ethnic killing as it happened in several place, looting and indiscriminating shooting on ambushes on high

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    • 18 April 00:14, by padiit gaga

      Thank you all parties of remember what has been done by criminal regime, every body know their genocide even tribe face that killing the killed people in Juba but they were killed in counties. This drunker must resign if not war will enit is good tribes know their enemy

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      • 18 April 00:34, by padiit gaga

        Nice to heard that from all parties, this drunker must resign if not war will not end it is good now all tribes know their enemy,the did genocide in Juba his tribe face genocide in countied

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    • 18 April 07:15, by Midit Mitot

      Correct, Kiir and Malong must be hang, just go head with the court procedures.

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  • 18 April 00:36, by Adok son

    Lino gai akok!
    Don’t asked them to register themselves, no one is responsible for their registration, instead, asks them about their unity so that they can defeats Salva killer easily when they have united forces.

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    • 18 April 00:52, by padiit gaga

      @ Adok, they will defeated Salva Beer any way I heard that there were 13000 Commedote(soldiers) all from salva Beer stat those soldiers were killed by white army alone must of them died in white Nile in Malakal, now the united themselves

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  • 18 April 04:02, by Kush Natives

    All rebels leaders MUST be brought to justice and tried for their crimes against humanity in South Sudan. When the government accept zero tolerance policy of no war, rebels run around the other isle thinking that they are in progress of defeating the government. When government troops are up to the consitution’s mandate,meaning self defense, the rebels cry loudly to the world that genocide is taki

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  • 18 April 05:02, by Kush Natives

    Con_ ng place in South Sudan. What’s the rebels think of war? We realized that the war isn’t take this no where. Therefore, both parties should only focus on the peaceful resolution which will definitely end an atrocities. If rebels decided not to give up on the mentality of the war, they will be labeled as as LEA, Allahabad and Bokoharam.

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  • 18 April 05:16, by Kush Natives

    Corrections: "taking us nowhere" "LRA,Allashabad and Bokoharam.

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    • 18 April 05:49, by Lokoli

      Stupid idiot Kush Natives. What were you talking about. Rapist Kush Natives, you will be taken to court for raping, looting and lying to SS people plus your cowboy. How low mind is you? Stupid Idiot. you cannot reason upright. Your rudimentary attitude control you. Keep studying to be civilised and one day you will understand how politics work. Ok. Not politics of raiding cow stupid idiot.

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      • 18 April 07:45, by Kush Natives

        Lokoli,
        I think you’re mentally sick or disable. Otherwise, an animal with tail can simply understand the logic. You were just dancing few hours ago thinking that you’re defeating the government forces at all fronts. If you were just deceiving the whole few hours ago that you’re defeating the government forces at all fronts, then who’re you calling to interfere?

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        • 18 April 07:46, by Kush Natives

          Lokoli,
          Correction: deceiving the whole world few hrs ago.

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  • 18 April 11:44, by Garang Akeen Tong

    It,s not a news songs to power greedy politician likes Riak Machar & Lam Akol, these are usual tools to fight regime, so theirs masters the so call UN, US and theirs allies to get ride in our affairs through theirs shape propaganda

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  • 18 April 13:21, by deng kual acot

    Do not waste time stuped gays. where is your uunification asopposition leaders or fation in South Sudan. You areprime causers of thatGenocide. Unite to eleminate the divil and put order and yet you are just a burking dogs on a wide gate.

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