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Rights body urges balanced consultation on revitalization forum

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September 30, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan Human Right Society for Advocacy (SHURSA) has urged the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to ensure revitalization of the peace process includes civil society groups and those in rebel-controlled areas.

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President Salva Kiir (L) and rebel leader Riek Machar (R) attend the signing a ceasefire agreement during an IGAD summit on the South Sudan crisis in Addis Ababa on 1 February 2015 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

SHURSA’s executive director, Biel Boutros Biel, in a statement to Sudan Tribune said the latest arrangement of peace consultation has only recognized the country’s warring parties and the rest civil society residing in Juba, while leaving out those in the diaspora.

“The schedule has only provided a space for the consultation with the warring parties, armed and non-armed political opposition leaders and civil society groups, youth, women’s bloc, faith¬-based leaders and business associations in and of Juba,” he said.

According to the official, many prominent members of the civil society fraternity in South Sudan fled Juba between 2013 and 2016.

“They are well informed on issues affecting South Sudan today. Their views and opinions significantly matter in informing relevantly realistic contents of the High-Level Revitalization Forum,” he stated.

The majority of the activists, he said, currently live in Nairobi, Kampala, Addis Ababa, Khartoum and other areas in the non-government-controlled areas in Equatoria, Upper Nile, and Western Bahr el Ghazal. But a sizable number of South Sudanese faith-based leaders, women groups and youth leaders, he added, currently reside in Gambella region and other urban areas.

“They were recently displaced from eastern South Sudan’s side of Pagak town. They can too be consulted,” he further stressed.

“Your Excellency, we kindly request your office to consider scheduling a consultation with the categories mentioned in Addis Ababa, Gambella, Nairobi, Kampala and Khartoum,” partly reads SHURSA’S letter addressed to IGAD special envoy to South Sudan.

The IGAD Council of Ministers, in July, approved the Indicative Implementation Matrix of the High-Level Revitalization Forum for the peace agreement on South Sudan. A IGAD-mediated peace deal led to the formation of a coalition government but was again devastated by fresh violence that broke out in July last year.

In a communique issued after the July meeting, the IGAD council of ministers called on parties to South Sudan’s 2015 peace agreement, to seize this opportunity to revitalize the deal, renounce violence, and to develop and submit concrete proposal

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed, with millions of others displaced and over 4 million people left severely food insecure since December 2011.

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  • 1 October 10:20, by Eastern

    Why did IGAD but into the fallacy of the Kiir-Taban union for over one year after the ARCISS collapsed that it was a genuine union for peace..? IGAD should step aside for South Sudanese to sort themselves out..!

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    • 1 October 10:52, by jubaone

      Cmdr Eastern,
      The old IGAD arithmetic equation of (Kiir+Taban)-Riak=Peace is not tenable, rather many variables have come into the equation: (Kiir+Taban)+Riak+Cirillo+Bakasoro+Adel Baqi Ayii+Civil Right Groups+Diaporians+Women and Youth Groups. etc.. It has become complex and your assertion is right, lets us sort this thing out alone: by word and fist

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      • 1 October 23:04, by john akeen

        Eastern and Jubaone
        both of you need to stop talking, just stay in the bush with Animals and fight for Riek Machar family until both of you get shot death by bullet for Riek and his family, we told you people to come join us in the ND, but you refused it, now you’re talking about we gonna fix it ourselves, fix what you Arab ass bitch

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      • 2 October 11:16, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Kirr didn’t tell people to run around for food. those equations will be solve by their own actors.

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  • 1 October 18:13, by James Bol Bol

    Absolutely correct, because they are there in an unknown place and the will come to south Sudan one day one time,
    and their exclusivity in the process will not make the process effective.

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