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Human rights body condemns Jonglei killings, calls for urgent action


By Julius N. Uma

February 13, 2011 (JUBA) - Alarmed by recent attacks in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, a human rights body has condemned recent clashes between the southern army and forces loyal to rebel George Athor.

By Friday, at least 105 people are believed to have been killed after fighting broke out between the South Sudan army, the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA), and Athor’s forces in Fangak County, in Jonglei. The majority of those killed were women and children, the southern army has said.

On Sunday, the Southern Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) condemned last week’s killings, urging the southern government to take urgent action against all forms of human rights violations.

“We are deeply saddened by the indiscriminate killings of innocent civilians in Fangak County of Jonglei state. It is in this regard that we call upon the Government of Southern Sudan and the SPLA to immediately intervene and bring these two conflicting parties to the negotiating table,” Boutros Rwai Biel, SSHURSA’s executive director said.

Athor, a former deputy chief of general staff in the SPLA, began his rebellion after losing the gubernatorial seat for Jonglei, to his main rival, incumbent governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, after contesting last year’s general elections as an independent candidate. He accused the South’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), of intimidation and vote rigging and has refused to recognize the results.

In April 2010, the government of South Sudan, accused Athor of staging an attack on the SPLA base adjacent to his home village of Khorfulus, located north-west of Jonglei capital, Bor. Athor denied the accusations, claiming that his rebellion occurred when soldiers in the southern army under his control refused orders to arrest him.

Since his rebellion Athor’s forces, predominantly members of his ethnic group and members of the surrounding communities, have clashed several times with SPLA forces. In October, South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, issued a presidential decree pardoning him and his forces.

In early January, Athor’s negotiating team and the government of South Sudan with the SPLA, signed a cessation of hostilities agreement, which charted a way forward for a final agreement after integration of his forces by the end of January 2011. This has not taken place mainly due to the condition of the amnesty; that Athor’s forces disarm before they rejoin the SPLA. This has proved a stumbling block and Athor has requested that Kiir review this condition.

In a recent communiqué the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, called for the immediate implementation of the January ceasefire agreement. He urged the South Sudan leadership to protect the lives of innocent civilians.

“The Secretary-General expresses his concern over the renewed fighting in Southern Sudan between the Southern People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the rebel forces of General [George] Athor, which reportedly resulted in at least 100 civilian casualties,” according to Ban’s February 11 statement.

Started in 2007 by legal professionals, SSHURSA, which operates in Jonglei, Unity and Central Equatoria states, closely works with legislators, local government authorities, civil society organizations, women, youth and children to protect fundamental human rights in society.


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  • 14 February 2011 05:59, by Ito

    Brother Biel,

    Thank you so much for further alerting and reiterating the deteriorating situation and the lost of innocent lives as a result of Athor’s rebellion. This situation is a very serious one and should be handle amicably before the said numbers are inflated. This gross violation of human rights should be dealt with until the culprits are brought to justice in one way or the other.

    I urge your agency to closely monitor the situation and to continue alerting the world and pressing for actions as you have just did today. Your braveness and nationalistic way of doing things have put light in my eyes and I am proud that you will influence whoever is in power to not be inconsiderate about this serious crimes being committed against our innocent civilians. May God rest their precious souls in peace.


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  • 14 February 2011 06:19, by Bol Deng

    Dear Biel,

    We do not like innocent civilians to be killed for nothing because they are not the cause of the problem always.

    The people of Fangak are the one to be blame because they keep supporting George Athor at the time he rebel.

    You are wrong the force of Athor are not generally from his ethnicity, many of them are from Nuer and some even from Fangak and few from his relatives.

    Don,t you know that the same people had lied any ambush to the SPLM authority during the campaign, i guess you have heard it last year.

    For those who always followed wrong person, they are always become victims. Let stop following power hungry people other you will be always a victim. Thanks

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  • 14 February 2011 06:21, by oshay

    We urgently need to hang cowboy kiir like a dog for corruption and causing this killing.

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    • 14 February 2011 06:45, by Lorolokin


      Try to reason please, president has nothing to do with that
      or else you are just useless like Athor.As for now Athor will have to blame for what he is diong of killing his own people,how can he kill innocent civilian mercilessly like that? we don’t want anybody to die on our own hands even SPLA soldier to die in this time around is not acceptable. wake up Oshay and Athor and let be one. lets forget tribes and be one Southern Sudan Nation.

      Father in Heaven rest their precious souls in eternal peace.


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    • 14 February 2011 07:03, by Land-of-Cush

      This massive killing will be counted into Athor alone for some reason; Athor have decided to defect from government for his own interests without clear objectives. His characteristics show that he is not a leader and he will not be a leader for good.
      Look he was given special pardon by his boss president Kiir in which we can all together look at our enemy Arab that brought us to this stage’ but the mind of killer wouldn’t understand that the life of human can’t be lost with visionless.
      SO now he lost his dignity from south Sudan’s people. One again the voices of south Sudanese people will bring him on the table of death believes me; because the pardon given to him is beyond everything.

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    • 14 February 2011 07:07, by maduel Anok

      Dear Oshay,

      I wasn’t compelled to be asnwering your comment which are disrespectful and degradeful towards our leaders in the south. Look! for one to put on tribal glasses like you did and opens his/her mouth insulting or alleging leaders he’s suppose to respect is really maddening which shows one arrogance.

      We are not tribalist, but when it comes to the limit, one couldn’t deny the tribe he/she belongs but resort for defense be it words of action.

      So, you better opt for something that may bring you good. Avoid insulting your leaders. I don’t see a point why you urge hanging your president? Pls! avoid such words for your own pride

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  • 14 February 2011 06:47, by Bol Deng

    Dear Southerners,

    Iam not supporting Athor 100% for his rebellion because he completely lost the election in which get mad.
    But I have a messege!

    It has become very clear many Nuer were talking in their respective areas that the militia of Tanganyang ( Gatwech Chan) and his Nuer youth assembled to hunt George Athor or they are going to Attack the Athor people, This messege must be understood by SPLM because Gatwech has no right to fight Athor because Gatwech himself is a militia who is always against our main SPLM. His is a rebel but his tribal motif encourage him to fight the Athor.

    Let me be very clear that i am not supporting George Athor for his ill-root he too,but if that the case that the Nuer Militia are hunting Athor because of tribal conflict,then i am afraid that this fight is going to be base on tribe, that is completely awarning.

    The problem of Athor is not the responsibility of Militia like Gatwech Chan who has been against the SPLM/A since 1983.

    SPLM must look into this issue and stop that guy from hunting for Athor other if he attempt to kill him or arrest him while a militia,then the South is not going to be the stable state, mark my word. SPLM/A are the right agent to hunt him not militia.

    I heard that Nuer youth has gone to the area for the saga but Salva Kiir and the rest of leaders must check this before tribal war happen in the South.

    The Athor ethinic youth are not going to afford the militia of Gatwech to hunt him in their watch unless by SPLM/A. I am not supporting what Goerge Athor did but iam curious when it reached the level of tribal line.Thanks

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    • 14 February 2011 07:14, by Dinka domanited SPLA

      That is right Bol nobody supporting Athor and nobody can take action to deal with him apart from the Goss.

      Nobody can clean his crime record for fighting with Athor since nuer are all mlititia.
      And if Geir and Kuol used this confused nyagateen to commited crimes.
      then hell to the mother fucken nuer food lover.

      And if this happen as you said it Bol? then the 1991 atrocitous are going to be repeaded againt.

      death to riek machar tenydog

      It is better for God to bless Athor Deng Dut then him [riek macha]]

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    • 14 February 2011 07:27, by Land-of-Cush

      Bol Deng
      Please stop creating more things about Nuer. The case was between Athor Deng and Koul Manyang. Well Athor has been protecting SPLA from Nuer but not Arab and make sure that it was Dinka interest alone. I never heard any town capture By Athor during movement. One gain we will leave you alone Dinka of Koul and Ngok Athor if that what you looking for!

      I wouldn’t say anything now about Nuer sons and daughters Kill by Athor until you Dinka tell him to stop if not I will say (e kach lora) and you will see only smoke.

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      • 14 February 2011 08:00, by Dinka domanited SPLA

        Land of food lover you got it wrong like your followers nuer milititias.
        I am still remember and you still rememberd too that Athor is the one with Kuol manyang that kick ngundeng and wuurynyang ass plus their doom driver mr nyagatism. the father of food chaser
        i hope he still remembered it whant his militia pluse ngudeng get ass kicking by Athor and Kuol.
        ahahahahahahahah event now days we can kick ngudeng ass since wurrynyang got disappear dumb ass nuer

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        • 14 February 2011 08:19, by Land-of-Cush

          Dinka D

          But we stolen no food from you Dinka!

          Look here

          Dinka Bor we would not able to stop you when you are against Nuer or believes on Ngundeng prophecies that why you paid the price of when your grandparents are stolen Ngundeng food (eg Nalop seed in Arabic) (tuach thow ka in Nuer) until Ngundeng cures them by saying that my food will appeared in stealer’s teeth that why you can’t see two or three Dinka Bor people without missing teeth.

          So who are food lover now?

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          • 14 February 2011 08:41, by Dinka domanited SPLA



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            • 14 February 2011 08:45, by Land-of-Cush

              Dinka Monyjeng

              It is good that you are not from dinka Bor, and if you are from dinka Ber el Gezhal you are the people that eating Nuer people during the movement now we don’t trust Dinka as many of you are wile animals.

              Second you people are weak in supporting your leaders when they are in power. Look how do you often being against other tribes while the leadership was in your hand and still in your hand?

              Thinks twist!

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            • 14 February 2011 23:34, by Garang

              Bad English and constant intention to create tribal hatred and rift between Dinka and Nuer. Who could such a person be other than an arch enemy of the people of the South from the North? I will always remain blaming those who respond to him using his the same language, which puts them in the same pot of tribal conflict mongers.When an individual from a certain tribe insults your own , that does not mean that the entire members of his tribe are of the same thinking of his and fully agree with what he advocates for. This possible enemy of the people of the South from the North is achieving his ill intended objectives through irresponsible reaction from the windmill fighters on this forum.Please brothers, let us avoid generalization. If X is bad it does not mean that his family, clan and his whole tribe is the same.

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              • 14 February 2011 23:59, by Garang

                One point I want every body to pay attention to here on this forum closely. What does the name Dinka Dominated SPLA convey to you? Is this not a hidden idea that the SPLA is a one tribe army to incite other tribes against it? It is a fact that Dinka origin soldiers are seen to be majority in any military barrack in the South. Reasons behind that is known to it Command than a civilian person like me. Could a good hearten Dinka man be proud to boost around about his tribe dominating others?

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          • 14 February 2011 10:33, by Gatdit Kol

            Land of Cush,it is good that you know how Dinka behave.They are people with alot of complains and they don’t cultivate like Nuer and other people in S.Sudan that is why their Great Grand parents had stolen the Nalop seeds from Ngundeng(prophet).They are the people who love food than any other people in the world.

            Their work is known in S.Sudan,it is only wrestling amongst themselves in which even their ministers wrestle.
            They don’t fight with any other tribes

            SHAME ON THEM

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    • 14 February 2011 07:51, by actiongatkuoth

      hi reader.
      we all known that the killing of innocent citizen in jonglei is due to dinka who fight against each other due to wealth greedy as athor and kuol do so. schame on you dinka who fought for food and money.

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      • 14 February 2011 08:09, by Dinka domanited SPLA

        another ass hol called actiotkuoth.

        If DINKAS are after food.do you think your warton doom leader would have came if he knew that Dinkas are after food no my friend.
        If MIGHTY SUPERPOWER MONYJAENG WHEREafter food. i hope mr sysmbol of death wouln’t came back to SPLA/M since he know that DINKA are good people who foregive sine like GOD.
        death to your nassir gang leader

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        • 14 February 2011 10:11, by Gatdit Kol

          Plz Dinka Dominated SPLA,you have to go and learn more becuz your word doesn’t make sense.Dinka are not good people,they seem as if they are good becuz they fear Nuer of what happened in 1991.

          If Nuer decide again to destroy Dinka land,no goddamn Dinka can stop us.We are now separated from Arab what is now left is to kill Dinka and Nuer will take over the seat for presidency.

          All equatorians and other tribes are in the side of Nuer.Dinka Bor will go to Bahr-el-gazal.Only those of Pigi will remain with Nuer in Jonglei.

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          • 14 February 2011 10:48, by Dinka domanited SPLA

            ahaha that is a dream not came true like that one of riek macaat tungod.
            You nuer will end up fighting forever Amen
            we will not alow you to lead in this country if we whan to and you can do nothing about it since we study you from outsid to insid shame on you nuer dogs

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    • 14 February 2011 09:52, by Gatdit Kol

      Brother Bol you are very correct on that point,no militia can fight another militia unless he has declared that he is a part of South Sudan gov’t worker.Gov’t of South Sudan is the one which will take action against Athor.

      It is very clear that Gen.Tanginye is fighting Athor because his 4 children were killed by Athor in Fangak attack.

      If we go back to last year election,Athor has won the election over Kuol Manyang but South Sudan gov’t rigged the election.Salva and Riek were worried they said if Kuol fail in the election,he will complain for presidency post or dep.president.They let Kuol to be a governor in Jonglei

      George Athor has right to complain but not by killing civillians.Nobody can support him now because he has gone to very bad stage.

      We are crying for the women,children and other people in Luach areas.SPLA’s commandos are now destroying Luach areas wiithout compromise to civilians.

      And thanks


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    • 14 February 2011 10:27, by Bravo Nuer

      Bol Deng

      what do you means and why do you contradict your own vomiting.
      In SPLM/A there is no person orginal or authentic. most of the people in this government including D/-in-c Paulino Matip have just rejoined the SPLM/A after peace and you can’t ring any bell today without their consent can you?.
      Gabriel Gatwech Chan (Tanginya) was a pioneer of this southerners’ quest for separation. he was among the first veterans of Anyanya 2 who set up Towkaot and Bilpam.
      it was the unionism vision which made him quarrel with John Garang and he Gabriel plus Gai Tut, Abdalla Chuol and Akuot Atem sided as separarists.
      so if the south is separated from north this morning that is what they were really longing for and he himself voted for one hand waved up proudly in presence of Arabs.
      we know him he was a Saul in the past but today he is going to be the Paul read Acts of Appostles, unless if he is provoked like the way you portray it. Gabriel Gatwech if he is destined for fighting Athor forces he will fight as an SPLA officer not as a militia as such and he will be navigated by SPLA intelligence to fight a just fight against the renegade not against the tribe as you assume. the people of Pigi are our people in Fangak who can’t be invaded like any dinka sections bordeing us. we have intermarried so we cannot treat them like Bor or Murle. if we keep suspecting anyone like Gabriel Tang it means we are all supporting Athor and that will be the beginning of our country to be in Somalia shape and the weak in fight will suffer.
      let Gabriel Tang continue providing that portion of his force will be integrated with the SPLA forces and he will be deputized by an effective SPLA Officer who shall not be a nuer or Bor but from Bhar - El ghazal to make this operations official and success.

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    • 14 February 2011 12:22, by Phil

      Bol Deng,

      Would you be happy if Athor offered his skills to hunt for Gatwach Chan and his supporters?

      Tribal war must be avoided by possible means but, whoever commits gross crime against civilians should be brought to book.


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  • 14 February 2011 07:02, by kaci-banno

    The urgent action has be taken now. I can consider such incident as poor leadership of the government of south Sudan as well SPLA incapability to protect civilians. Athor is fighting for no reason at all, instead of killing innocent people he should ask Kiir to give him position that he is looking for. I wander why President Kiir doesn’t want to take immediate action against Athor? May be because Athor is a Dinka that’s why no measure action has taken.

    By: Kaci-Ma-Banno

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    • 14 February 2011 07:15, by maduel Anok


      President is not taking necessary action on Athor not because they share the same tribe.. President Kiir is not a tribal leader, he is not a chief of a particular tribe, he is your leader and mine and for the country as a whole. so, please, avoid assuming what vthje president is for, and if your head takes you that far to blindly accuse your president you are suppose to respect, then you would be having problem in youreslf..

      Pls! respect your leaders..Ok?

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  • 14 February 2011 09:42, by Bravo Nuer

    dear justice Biel

    the massive death of our innocently unarmed civilians in fangak Island is a curse rather than a blessing in fangak history.
    as justice always does, you have to blame both the naive chicken and the wild cat.
    indict not only the most culpable criminal George Athor but also his strongest proponent with in such as a lost dog Gathoth Mai who orchestrated the depolyment of those wild wolves in the area without the SPLA presence and last but not the least, indict the perpetuators,and the most oppportunistic people like Gier Chuang and Kuol Manyang who were instigating some elements known as a Commando to go and attack Athor forces first while people are in ceasfire.
    Gier has many traps to catch him with tigth noose around his thin neck because when Gen. Salva Kiir came out with system theory of pardoning all militias including the april defected renegade George Athor, he Gier didn’t eat for three days and to prove this he pretended that Salva Kiir collide him with some Bor elders that he was him who always propose Bor dismissal like Makuei and thus he Gier was about to resign but not because of that allegations, he wasn’t happy with the amnesty because Gier fears Athor like Gatluak Manguel or his husband. so Gier Chuang must be the first to face the music more than Athor
    it was his conspiracy and collusion with James Hoth that let Athor be deployed in Fangak so that Athor will be provoked and he kill Fangak people so that the people of fangak who are warriors from day one would kill Athor for him this is the plot and Gier is a silent killer needs to be treated first.
    let the justice shows its true colours to the wrong elements within and without so that all black sheep in the green south are to wipe out once and for all.
    by: Nuerby

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  • 14 February 2011 14:27, by Stephen Gatloth K

    Only to the article,Gattloth Gai in Bentiu.

    What a shocking news!!.

    Alwas the news about death is very shock,even the death of the best enemies.That is becuase once we lost some one,we never find agian.That is becuase once we lost some one we never create one to replace the lost one.

    The so-called GOSS ruling party the (SPLM) is the cuase roots of these death.Should the SPLM conduct the april general election of 2010 in good manner without faboured any one,then there would be no that such a situation.

    I am condemn the SPLM acts in the GOSS. We are tiried of you(SPLM).
    Since we arrived at the dawn the independent of South Sudan,let the SPLM park her stipud acts and the ruling.Even your objectives are not fabours the southern sudanese right.SPLM is out of it mine:

    cuasetive,curropter and injustic party.move............SPLM.

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  • 14 February 2011 19:58, by Aliny pathou

    Many peoples on this website are really lacking reading abilities to comprehend the articles, that is posted on the web. The articles is about condemning the killing of innocent civilians wether by Spla forces or George’s force. The article did not sPecify that it was Goerge,s forces who murders the civilians. And also urging all the warring parties to come to negotiation table not the book.you people needs to analysis things according they are put on the web

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