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Rights body condemns attacks in South Sudan

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April 29, 2018 (KAMPALA) - The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has condemned in the “strongest” terms possible the recent attacks on innocent civilians South Sudan’s counties of Leer and Mayendit.

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Thousands of civilians fleeing violence seek shelter at a UN compound in Jonglei state capital, Bor (Photo: UNMISS/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos)

CPJ’s executive director, Tito Anthony said the attacks violated the cessation of hostilities agreement the nation’s warring parties signed.

“Leer and Mayendit [counties] are under the control of the armed opposition (SPLM-IO). If there are any attack, then it the government forces attacking,” Tito said in a statement issued on Sunday.

He accused government forces of attacking and displacing civilians instead of protection them as mandated by the country’s constitution.

“I call on the CSTAMM [Ceasefire Transitional Monitoring Mechanism] to take note of the attack on civilian. It is both violation of cessation of hostility and violation of international humanitarian law,” he said.

The CPJ official urged the international community to impose punitive measures against violators of the ceasefire agreement.

Meanwhile, the United Nations said a surge in violent clashes in Unity, Jonglei and Central Equatoria regions is having a devastating impact on thousands of civilians and humanitarian agencies trying to provide desperately needed assistance to vulnerable people.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said it is deeply concerned at the intensification of fighting in areas such as Nhialdiu, Mayendit, Rupchai, Thaker, and Mirinyal, in the vicinity of Leer and Bentiu in the Unity region, as well as around Motot and Akobo in Jonglei.

"Innocent civilians are being caught in the crossfire, including many women, children and elderly people," said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer.

"Our teams on the ground are reporting incidents of killing, sexual violence, homes being burnt to the ground, cattle raiding, and the looting of hospitals and schools,” he added.

According to the UN, over 30 humanitarian workers have been relocated over the past two weeks because it is too dangerous for them to operate in the midst of the escalating conflict.

Thousands of people have reportedly fled into swamps and bushy areas without access to the much-needed aid, including food, clean water and medical care.

"This surge in violence is causing immense suffering and harm to civilians and the ability to provide humanitarian support," said David Shearer.

"It is at odds with the cessation of hostilities agreement that was signed just a few months ago. We urge the warring parties to lay down their guns, put the interests of the people first, and work together to build lasting peace," he added.

The senior UN official also said the upcoming round of peace talks at the high level revitalization forum is dependent on all warring parties committing to stop the fighting and to come together in good faith.

"Political leaders must demonstrate they are willing to compromise and resolve this conflict which is causing terrible harm to their people," he stressed.

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  • 30 April 07:29, by Lenin Bull

    SPLM/SPLA-IO has declared war again as a way of pressing for the release of their blind guru holed up in South Africa. But the people suffering and caught in cross fire, not getting services are their own people! This is the highest form of idiocy the world has ever seen. Riek is not getting released folks!

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  • 30 April 07:36, by Lenin Bull

    Another correction to this silly IO rebel disguised as civil society called Tito Anthony: Leer and Mayendit are under the control of the government troops since 2015. It is your damned bloody rebels waging attack as a way of calling for the release of their master Dr.Riek. But under whose expense? Of course under the expense of the local civilians being displaced, denied services, and butchered!

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    • 30 April 09:26, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool
      Jienge losers and their nyagateen hirelings have again gone to attack civilians evading direct confrontation with galant forces. Instead of focusing on developing decrepit and worthless systems in jiengeland that have no war, jienge losers have pretentiously hidden their intrinsic incapacitation behind a war they can’t win. Jiengeland is no different or even worse off without war why?

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      • 30 April 09:34, by jubaone

        Lenin Fool,
        Coward jienges have now outsourced the war to Upper Nile through worthless and nyagateen numb skulls who think more with their stomachs than with their brains. Nyagateen have made a mockery of the thousands Nuer slaughtered like swine in Juba 2013. Today nyagateen are killing themselves while cowardly Jienges sadistically and cynically watch from afar. Equatorians dont care anymore.

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        • 30 April 16:51, by okello

          @Jubaone
          Who is now coward between those runaway and reside in UN camp in neighboring countries and IDPs eating free and barking at your countries men, women and those never run anywhere? if you know word "coward" asked yourself please!
          Look you preaching tribalism and hatred that are deadly to you all and tiering your country apart like now.

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      • 30 April 16:55, by Lenin Bull

        That is a true mark of patriotism when Jiengeland is backward! This is because Jienges think that development can start anywhere and goes anywhere. They took their wealth to Equatoria and developed Equatoria but the appreciation they got back is this bloody "kokora". "ya Bari pelegeleeng Ya Bari" is the national anthem! Ahahahaaaa!Enjoy it man.

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  • 30 April 13:18, by Lenin Bull

    Ahahahahaaaaaa!, Jubaone! Then let us play beat the drum and dance, "Ya Baria pelegeleng ya Bari." This is to celebrate stupidity in Jiengeland and Ngundaengland. Good suggestion man. I like that.

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  • 1 May 05:50, by Trouble

    They can condemn who ever they want but wemighty SPLA IO gallant forces under the leadership of next president of New Sudan Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. Those keep barking like dogs wishing Dinka President sickness please keep your reservation to yourselves let’s see eye to eye in front lines of the jungle good luck everyone

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  • 1 May 09:59, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    South Sudan had a thousand mills way from recovery leave a lone the traumatized our people are put through! They will suffered mentally for the generation to come, putting people first is the ideological theme of some countries, what is wrong with us folks?Is it the greedy of 45 yrs of war that prompt us to be self, greedy for leadership? our people re really suffering guys, stop the fight.

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