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March 2, 2019 (JUBA) - The leader of the armed opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) accused the South Sudanese government of continuing to breach human rights, refuting statements by the foreign minister before the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last February.

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Thomas Cirillo Swaka (Photo Reuters)

In response to a report by Foreign Minister Nhial Deng Nhial to the Council about the situation of human rights in the country, Thomas Cirilo dismissed that the revitalized peace agreement has allowed a return to peace in South Sudan.

"The realities on the ground show that there’s no peace in the country and fighting is going on as we speak," Cirilo said in a 3-page letter to the UNHCR President Coly Seck dated on 1st March 2019.

"Perhaps the current tragedy in the Yei River area where tens of thousands of civilians fled their homes seeking safety in the neighbouring countries refutes the Government’s false claims," he further said.

The holdout rebel leader went to say that chief of staff of the government army SSPDF and SPLM-IO deputy chief of staff agreed in a press conference held on17 January to carry out joint attacks on his fighters, in a clear violation to the cessation of hostilities agreement

"The NAS forces have since come under relentless attacks by the SSPDF and the militia affiliated to it. The activities carried out by the NAS forces were legitimate and done In self-defence and for the sake of protecting the civil population and their properties," he said.

NAS and four other factions refused to sign the revitalized peace agreement saying it failed to address their demand for a genuine autonomy.

"The majority of the South Sudanese people want the adoption of federalism as the system of governance that would facilitate the devolution of powers to the states and people.

The signed peace agreement "maintains the so-called Decentralised system of governance which is nothing but a dictatorship In disguise," he said.

"Moreover, the deal does not facilitate the total overhaul of the security sector which is dominated by one ethnicity out of 64. Most worryingly, accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity has been completely ignored."

The South Sudan special Envoy for South Sudan Ismail Wais on 25 February met with NAS leader to discuss ceasefire and ways to resume talks with the government.

Also, the South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA) which is chaired by Cirilo, will hold a meeting with the special envoy in the upcoming days to discuss the peace process.

The holdout groups previously rejected injunctions by the IGAD to sign the revitalized agreement, however they recently welcomed its readiness to listen to their demands.

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  • 3 March 10:44, by South South

    A big thief who stole SPLA monkey is out again in social medias, his favors place to make up lies. Are 700 Karo people who support him majority of South Sudanese? What a wicked and monkey!!!!!

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    • 3 March 11:01, by jubaone

      Uh🙊...uh🙊..uh🙊..tailless monkey 🐵. Jienge go home to Abyei and develop yourself. You have had peace since 2005. I understand you are passionate about being a refugee and will claim..oh U can’t return cuz there’s war. Bullshit 💩. Just like the rest in Uganda, Kenya etc..lazy idiots.

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    • 3 March 11:49, by Eastern

      South South,

      You are RIGHT and Thomas Cirilo is WRONG big time...! The civilians, bystanders and those SITTING ON THE FENCE are the judges....Yei River, the nerve centre of South Sudan, is indeed VERY PEACEFUL....How is fooling who? The Catholic Bishops? The civilians who continue to remain on the run? The Eastern Rock is sooned joined by Rejaf Hill, just on the eastern bank of the Nile river..!

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      • 3 March 12:52, by South South

        Eastern,

        Let me just say a few things about your comments.
        1- Thomas is not just wrong, he is damn wrong when he said majority of people in South Sudan support his idea, federalism. No war in Yei, period
        2- I think you are talking about Karo bishops and not catholic bishops. There is no bishop in Rumbek diocese, who is sitting on it? Karo bishop in Juba.

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        • 3 March 12:57, by South South

          Eastern,

          Cont. There is no bishop in Wau diocese, who is sitting on it? Karo bishop in Juba. There is no bishop in Malakal diocese, who is sitting on it? Karo bishop in Juba. There is no catholic church in South Sudan right now until those diocese I mentioned are filled first. Only those Karo bishops will not talk unless they have to release something in favor of NAS.

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          • 3 March 15:32, by jubaone

            So what if Karo bishops have to talk about NAS? Your jienge bishops are just culpable like any nyors who are criminals, thugs and rapists. Bishops Gabriel Roric, Daniel Bul Deng etc. are the same jienge criminals dressed as clergymen. Just shut up uh🙊..uh🙊 tailless monkey 🐵. @jiengegohome.

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            • 4 March 02:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

              Eastern, Jubaone,

              Why do you waste time arguing with idiots? These idiots are subhuman beings simply because they lack wisdom. Leave them alone because they will never understand how civilisation works.

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              • 4 March 21:48, by jubaone

                Jur
                Welcome back. The moment you give space to a jienge, he will interpret that as cowardice. It may be hard to reason with him, cuz he only understands savagery and uncouthness. We must come down to his level and act like him, cuz he cant raise himself to our level of civilization. Strike him if he strikes you. Thats it.

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          • 3 March 21:02, by Eastern

            South South,

            Do you remember Roko Taban of Malakal Archdiocese and his TAKE on the regime in Juba. Just check your previous comments....Remember, Catholic means UNIVERSAL....!

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    • 4 March 06:30, by Midit Mitot

      Thomas Cirrilo is making international insecurity for himself, just wait!!!

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      • 4 March 21:32, by jubaone

        Midit Mitot,
        So what if he dies? His idea will leave on in Equatorians. You jienges are scared of death and so you run away and hide yourselves in Equatoria, Uganda, Kenya and Sudan. Stand your ground as "monyjienge" coward idiots.

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  • 3 March 15:35, by aborigin

    I have kept away on commenting for some times now with sole reason being irritating comments by my fellow south sudanese who don’t want to embrace and give peace a chance!!!, , sticking your mouth unto one tribe will never solve any problem, anyone who has been to Bilpam knows exactly the composition of the SPLA, Cirrilo included BUT this is hypochrisy of the highest order.

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    • 3 March 17:01, by Kush Natives

      Oh NAS, what a lost puppy statement! What isn’t going well are you talking about? Nyammam is always innocent, no matter how much they learned, they always remained stupid!

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      • 3 March 18:00, by jubaone

        Bush Native Nigga
        Your jienge-nyagat peace is just so worthless like your own junk jiengestans. Instead of implementing provisons of R-ARCSS in your peaceful junk states, you want to hold NAS as a scapegoat for your dismal failures. The kiirminal is shocked to find Rumbek half empty, the worst roads in SS ever. Jienges running away even in the absence of war. Such congenital lazy losers.

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  • 3 March 17:54, by Chiir

    Mr. Sirilo (Cirilo), your best option is to put down your fricken signature on the R-ARCSS documents. Otherwise, running around saying this and that isn’t going to help you, bro. Do not waste time, I tell you. Your calculation on not signing the RARCSS was such as a regrettable mistake! Federalism isn’t resonating well with the majority at this point. U must be regretting, uh. Aren’t you?

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    • 3 March 19:02, by jubaone

      Chiir,
      If you jienge lazy losers cant implement this flawed peace in your peaceful junk states, how can such a well organized and professional NAS simply append or give its approval? Go ahead, do it right and perhaps NAS would join. But jienge-nyagat losers expect NAS to wipe their butts and in the end take credit for themselves. No. No. Fix your shit alone.

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      • 4 March 06:17, by Chiir

        Jubaone,
        I am advising Sirilo (Cirilo) on what is good for him. Staying out of this peace pact means some shit is gonna go down. So, please ask your uncle to immediately come to Juba and sign the peace. Let him not disturb the Troika countries. These countries have enough in their mouth already: Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, DPRK, Ukraine, etc. So, they won’t care about the little whining Nyamnyam!

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        • 4 March 21:56, by jubaone

          Chiir or Chimp
          How can such a distinguished military officer and noble Equatorian be part of a monkey circus? PLEASE, look around for other tailess chimps of your sort. Lt Gen Cirillo and Equatorians have better things to do. Just go home and wash yourself clean, jienge.

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          • 5 March 06:21, by Chiir

            Jubaone,
            Are you "Fashing "serious? Who is a Chimp, you or me? I thought your facial appearance is that of Australopithecus. Check it out that and make a comparison. Your uncle will eventually succumb...

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  • 4 March 19:46, by Activist # 25

    My brothers from Equatoria we are arguing with apes and savages from Dinka community. They will never understand Democracy or how a country should be run. All they care is stealing and looting other people’s properties and resources. This is why they opposed FEDERALISM so bad. They know if we apply this system of governance in place, they refugees status in our beautiful land of Equatoria will

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  • 4 March 19:49, by Activist # 25

    will be revoked. That there will no room for their barbaric land grabbing and domination on government. Dinka have greed and don’t want to work for anything in their lives. All the want is take things they don’t deserve from others and using force. I followed comments from these Dinka or Kiir supporters, they all want nothing but this country to be dictated by one man.

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  • 4 March 19:52, by Activist # 25

    Dinka should appreciate Cirilo for advocating to just government that is equitable and fair to every citizen of south sudan. The man is simply wanting the best for everyone in the country. Even in your own states, Upper Nile and Bar El Ghazal, you should be able to take care of your own affairs and to manage state resources without the government interfering with your affairs.

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  • 4 March 19:54, by Activist # 25

    Dinka will continue to be hated in all corners of the world simply because of your ignorance and attitude on the entire face of this planet. You people are so ignorant and lacking complete understanding of human rights. All you just want to do to others is steal and imposed your goddamn poor ideologies which will never make us from Equatoria coexist peacefully with you. Remember Luka Biong

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  • 4 March 19:56, by Activist # 25

    from your own species admitted that Dinka is the most UNWANTED Community in south Sudan and if you continue the way you arrogantly continue you will be finished? What that means to him is something you should ponder upon. Most of us from Equatoria will be forced to rally behind our brother Cirilo and fight you people and eventually will claim our own region as a country.

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  • 4 March 19:59, by Activist # 25

    You Dinka are everyday encouraging us Equatorian to seek self-determination if we cannot coexist and create a country that is fair to all. What you have is a complete replica of Bashir government in South Sudan. You want to govern this country like Arabs and it’s very reason we rebelled and decided to secede as south Sudanese. And now you are trying to dictate others in their own land? NO WAY!!

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  • 4 March 20:04, by Activist # 25

    The more we keep hearing you people ranting on our sane brother Cirilo and giving him all kinds of names, the more we are encouraged to give him all the necessary support to liberate our region from you thugs. Like what someone earlier said, you people love being a refugee or displaced person. You have no love for your homeland and this is probably why you want to die in Equatoria.

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  • 4 March 20:07, by Activist # 25

    It seems the first war had given you a chance to migrate to other south sudanese regions where you discover paradise and you never want to go back again. At least most of our communities in Equatoria welcomed and hosted you. But instead you decided to settled permanently and later on use a fist in protest that you don’t want to go back. PATHETIC!
    You people need to change your ways of life &goback

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    • 4 March 21:42, by jubaone

      Activist #25
      This war has come as a blessing in disguise. Just imagine there were no war, all these worthless jienge miscreants and non Equatorians would flood our towns, villages, marry our girls and produce so many half idiots who have no academic or cognitive acumen. The war has stopped that. We must stand for kokora/federalism or death.

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      • 4 March 23:15, by Activist # 25

        Jubaone I agree with you brother. This could be the opportunity for us to claim our God-given land and take it away from these hard-to-live with human beings. Let’s this internet war continue. I have had enough of these savages always parading Equatorian names. Specially the ones who keep commenting on these news.Hate is real now and no doubt about that.

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  • 5 March 17:08, by Leeri Marella Esq

    Mr Editor,

    If I may, this piece was actually written by the International Relations Committee of NAS but is erroneously recorded here as Thomas Cirillo being paraphrased.

    I respectfully suggest that things a placed in their right context.

    Thanks

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