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Troika condemns break up of youth meeting in Juba

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February 22, 2018 (JUBA) – The Troika members (Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States) on Thursday condemned the breaking up of youth leaders’ meeting in the South Sudan capital, Juba.

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A youth holds the South Sudanese flag as he waits for the start of independence celebrations in the capital, Juba, on 9 July 2011 (AP)

On 21 February, South Sudan national security service agents forced those attending a briefing on the results of the second round of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) held in Ethiopia, to abandon it.

“This kind of action to intimidate civil society and limit the flow of information surrounding the peace process is unacceptable and counterproductive,” the Troika said in a statement issued Thursday.

The participants were meeting with the Forum’s Youth Representative, an officially recognized stakeholder of the HLRF and signatory cessation of hostilities accord inked on 12 December, 2017.

The Troika, in the statement, reiterated the critical importance of the HLRF parties creating a conducive environment for peacemaking.

The UK, U.S and Norway called on all the parties involved in South Sudan’s conflict to make good on their promises to implement the CoH [Cessation of Hostilities] which includes provisions on protecting the rights of civilians and ensuring the protection of civil society.

It further added, “South Sudan’s people deserve peace. We urge the Government of South Sudan to respect the rights of its citizens and recognize the positive role of civil society groups”.

South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) also condemned in “strongest” terms possible the breakup of the youth meeting by the security elements of the South Sudan government.

“The behaviour and acts of the security must be strongly condemned as they violate Articles 24 and 25 of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011(TCSS, 2011 as amended), which respectively provide for the rights to freedom of express, association and assembly,” SSHURSA said in a statement issued on Thursday.

“There is no constitutional requirement for the notification of neither the security or the police for any meeting whatsoever except under the kangaroo security laws which were made in complete violation of the Constitution,” it added.

According to the human rights body, youth represent grassroots communities and must be allowed to get relevant information about peace processes to give correct feedback to their constituencies.

“This is in efforts to promote peace and stability in South Sudan,” it said, adding that those involved be probed and held accountable.

The South Sudan conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people since its outbreak in December 2013.

(ST)

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  • 23 February 01:04, by lino

    Kiir and his Konyo Konyo Government are not for PEACE and they are really SPOILERS of peaceful co-existence of South Sudanese People!!!
    These flocks learned from Ghost Houses of 1990’s in Khartoum!!!
    They are afraid the Youth Leaders will blame the Government for peace failure!!!

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    • 23 February 01:06, by South South

      Nonsense comment from IO supporters.

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      • 23 February 03:46, by lino

        Poor S**thole S**thole!!! Ask Akol Kuur in Juba! No any opposition involve; just in Kony Kony Government!!!

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        • 23 February 06:26, by South South

          Lick your own wounds Coward and an old man. Country is under controlled. Whether you like it or not does not mean anything to us. You can bark with your computer key for years to come. I never mentioned anywhere that IO or opposition involved, but stupid lazy person like you may have very hard time to understand things quickly. Someone should walk through this slowly as your age is preventing you.

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          • 23 February 15:15, by lino

            Stupid called himself SS! What we have built and demonstrated as freedom fighters during our leader Dr. John Garang de Mabior in 22 years of war, your marooned idiot Gen. Kiir destroyed in just 8 years in the helmet.
            Go back and compare the records idiot. I believe that time you were slave in Khartoum or a lost boy in Kakuma Camp with empty stomach!!!

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            • 23 February 16:27, by South South

              lino,

              Just keep making up thing stupid old man. You never contributed to our struggle wick old man, shut up. You were in Egypt. I never been to Kakuma an old man. Shut up coward.

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              • 25 February 07:31, by lino

                Stupid lost boy called himself SS!!! Go ask your VP Wani Igga about the role South Sudanese Students “SOSSA” during the war which Kiirdit doesn’t even know about!!! Also ask your Nuer Wew Dr. Joesph Monytuil; they all know!!! Bastuard. South Sudan didn’t start with Kiir in helmet marooned leaders!!!

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      • 23 February 06:02, by Eastern

        So what’s wrong with being an IO supporter? This is a free world where any Tom, Dick and Harry can follow whatever they believe in. This nonsense that Kiir is everything and must be adored is PUERILE NONSENSE!

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        • 23 February 06:19, by South South

          Being an IO support means you are stupid and coward. It’s simple like that.

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    • 23 February 05:45, by jubaone

      Lino,
      ST didn’t report who the organizers of this disbanded rally were. They could be jienge youth not allied to the Kiirminal regime. Equatorians have no business participating in such nonsense bcoz they could be termed rebels and get killed in the process. Disgruntled Equatorians must join their fellow Equatorians to dislodge these tailless monkeys from Equatoria and forget about this nonsense.

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      • 23 February 05:50, by jubaone

        Lino,
        It lies in the nature of the jienge. He is not sentimental neither has he time for nonsensical dialogue with anyone. He acts whether that is rational or not. Equatorians can’t engage jienges in intellectual discourse and hope they understand, no they just can’t. We must be like them; savages and fight it out. If they win, they take it all. If the rest win, then shit 💩 into their mouths. Per

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      • 23 February 07:46, by Mopedi

        jubaone
        I do agree with your reasoning, this must be youth from Dinka organizing the meeting to opposes the government position on the third phase of peace revitalization

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  • 23 February 03:52, by Uncle J

    Troika countries are way too much into South Sudan 🇸🇸 internal affairs like this minor security crackdown theTroika shouldn’t be concern condemning it. I don’t really understand how Troika countries define themselves to South Sudan, are they colonialists or countries advocating for true peace to come to South Sudan?

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    • 23 February 05:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Uncle J,

      I highly doubt if you are an uncle of anyone in this globe at all. If you are then it is unfortunate matter because I expected you to have wisdom in discussing matter of human concern. If lives of people are unexpectedly cut by murderes pretending to be leaders, then it is not an internal affair but spiritual, inhuman and international affair because lives are at stake.

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      • 23 February 07:23, by Uncle J

        jur_jueckang_a_ likan’g,

        Yes I’m very wise that’s why I put my wisdom in when I see something done wrong. Now you think I’m not wise for feeling sympathy about Kenyan pilots kidnaped by SPLM-IO. What if Kenyans in Nairobi and elsewhere in Kenya kidnap all SPLM-IO supporters and demand the amount of ransoms on them would SPLM-IO afford paying $107,743.00?

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  • 23 February 04:02, by Uncle J

    ...it is very clear Troika countries are working for SPLM-IO rebellion that’s why they never condemned their activities like the most recent incident those Kenyan pilots held hostages until ransom was paid to SPLM-IO. Those pilots were doing humanitarian services and survived aircrash anyone with goodwill can never kidnaped them and demands ransom on them

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  • 23 February 11:33, by Kush Natives

    Why rebels ears always inside Juba? What’s up with the meeting? We can call the meeting and call it off as we want! It’s none of an IO business. What happened to matching to Juba? No meeting.

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