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South Sudan judges vow continuation with strike despite punitive threats

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July 14, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese judges said on Friday they would not resume work despite punitive threats by the government.

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President Salva Kiir speaks during the inauguration of the new SPLM premises in Juba on 15 November 2013 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

"We the general assembly of Justice and judges across South Sudan, in our urgent meeting held at the Judiciary headquarters in Juba and in all the states, on this 14th day of July, 2017, have resolved to continue with our open strike in solidarity with our honourable dismissed justices and judges until our demands are met," reads a statement signed by the new chairman on behalf of the association.

The judges said they were prompted by the presidential decision dismissing their colleagues to convene an urgent meeting at which they decided to stand in solidarity with those who have been dismissed through a presidential order on Wednesday.

The general assembly also decided to form an eight-member committee and elected Justice Bol Lul Wang as the new chairman of the assembly of judges and justices across the country.

The legal practitioners said they have placed the matter in the hand of President Salva Kiir to decide on either meet all the demands, including immediate reinstatement of the dismissed members or dismiss all on strike.

(ST)

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  • 15 July 01:01, by lino

    There you go!!! Fire them all and will see General!!! No judges and lawyers in the country. Back to Traditional Courts.

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  • 15 July 01:15, by Sunday Junup

    Kiirimnal Mayardit never know the important of lawyers and judges since he never been in school. Illiteracy is a disease actually! Now you will know that Judges and lawyers are independent.

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    • 15 July 12:07, by Goor_Ayaaw

      I dont know where you learned of Kiir never been in school! otherwise I consider you not knowing anything about him @ all. I agree that judges and lawyers are important, but not independent if the government dont consider them for the employment.

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      • 15 July 13:21, by Kuch

        Goor_Ayaaw,
        Here in South Sudan, we are way well ahead of *evil white people. We are going to bomb the you fools out of our country once and force all* Fools, you so-called your selves *ethiopia are nothing to do with the ethiopians, WE ARE THE ethiopians, "the Dikas/Jiengs of the Sudan we are """" we the ancient Egyptians""" Fellows. We are here>>>

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        • 15 July 19:43, by Eastern

          Kus aka Kuch,

          If that was the case, you should be putting satellites in the space not passing out the begging bowl for 1/3 of your budget to be funded. More than half the world doesn’t that a country called South Sudan exisits!!!

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  • 15 July 11:04, by quiz

    This is good step judges to continue striking. this psycho president does not see far problems. He and his close greedy board are seeing only Dr.Riek as their problem. they don,t even know that firing judges is not like drinking Tusker Beer.

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