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South Sudan: civil society groups call for arrest of Sudanese president Bashir


By Ngor Arol Garang

March 17, 2012 (JUBA) - A coalition of major civil society organisations in South Sudan on Saturday rejected the position of the Juba government that it has no obligation to arrest Sudanese president Omer el Bashir, when he attends an upcoming summit in the country’s capital Juba.

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Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir

The meeting between Bashir and his counterpart Salva Kiir is intended to make progress in the ongoing talks between Sudan and South Sudan on a raft of issues that are yet to be resolved after the secession of South Sudan last year.

The civil society groups argue that South Sudan can arrest Bashir under Article 86 of the Rome Statute because the case against him - Bashir is accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Sudan’s western Darfur region - was referred to the International Criminal Court by the United Nations Security Council. As South Sudan became the UN’s 193rd state after seceding from Sudan in July last year it has the right to arrest Bashir, the activists say.

This comes following a pronouncement in which South Sudan’s chief negotiator, Pagan Amum, on Wednesday said his country “has no an obligation to arrest” Sudanese president Bashir, if he comes to Juba as part of the “framework agreement”, which the two parties last week signed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, because they are not members of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

But Jok Alier Jok, a member of the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement said during an interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday that he personally “does not approve” of allowing president Bashir come to Juba because his visit has a lot of “implications” attached to it.

“I do not support the visit of the Sudanese president Bashir because of obvious reasons, one of which is that we should not play with the international justice although it will complicate things including triggering return to war but which is painful than comprising universal justice . The only thing which the leadership can do is to hold the summit elsewhere in the republic of South Sudan”, said Jok.

The official proposed that one of the alternatives is to schedule a meeting between the two leaders outside South Sudan, possibly in Khartoum. There were reports last week that Bashir and Kiir might meet in Ethiopia, not South Sudan.

The talks over the outstanding issues between the two countries are deadlocked as the African mediators lost hope of achieving progress with the two teams negotiating in Addis Ababa.

Sudan said last week that its ready to show some flexibility and reconsider its demand for $36 per barrel, but it blames Juba for refusing any compromise.

South Sudan is expected to offer Sudan $2 a barrel, when the two leaders meet, Alex de Waal, who has been working with the African Union mediating between the two sides, said in London on Tuesday.

Jok further argued that holding a summit which would be attended by president Bashir or any of those indicted by the ICC would portray South Sudan as a nation that does not abide by the requirements of international justice.

Dong Samuel Luak, Secretary of South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) accused Bashir of being the source of instability in Sudan and South Sudan and that getting him to The Hague would be a way to bring peace to both countries.

“South Sudan has been a victim of war crimes and crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing, all of which were masterminded and perpetuated by various leaders in Khartoum but el Bashir shoulders the lion’s share of these crimes”, he said.

Bashir came to power in a military coup in 1989, six years in to the SPLM’s civil war with the Khartoum government. In 2005 after 2 million people had died and four million displaced the SPLM and Khartoum’s ruling National Congress Party signed a peace deal granting South Sudan the right to self determination.

Tensions were strained during a six year interim period but relations between Juba and Khartoum further deteriorated after South Sudan’s independence with both sides fearing the other is intent on regime change. The two sides accuse the other of backing rebel groups in their territory.

However, on 13 March delegations from the two countries participating in the African Union brokered talks initialed two agreements on border demarcation and the status of nationals residing in both countries.

Despite this positive step Sudan’s foreign minister, Ali Karti, has said that security issues allowing for the implementation of the border and four freedoms arrangement should be resolved before the two presidents meet.

Luak told said that he also objected to receiving Bashir arguing that this would severely affect South Sudan’s international relations.

“Although the government of South Sudan may not be legally obligated to arrest Bashir, hosting him in this manner would send a wrong signal to both the international community and the survivors of his atrocities”, Luak said in a press release.

Other human rights activists including South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) expressed similar sentiments stressing that the visit of president Bashir would contradict commitment of the government to respecting international law including international human rights standards.

“When Bashir is greeted at Juba International Airport with all the pomp and circumstance of a visit by a head of state, he will have won importance of the victory before he even steps off the plane”, said Edmund Yakani, program coordinator with Community Empowerment for progress (CEPO).

If, "we do that, South Sudan will join a shortlist of nations that have tacitly supported Bashir’s crimes by failing to treat him as indicted war criminal", he added.

Since his indictment by the court in 2009 Bashir’s international travel has been severely restricted. However, the Arab League and African Union have shown solidarity with Bashir and he has made high profile visits to China, Kenya, Chad and some other countries.

"Sooner or later Bashir will have to account for the war crimes as well as crimes against humanity and of course genocide charges for which he is indicted by the ICC", said Biel Boutous, an executive Director of the South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy.

"The government should demonstrate that it takes international crimes seriously by refusing to meet Bashir in Juba and immediately moving to ratify the Rome Statute and core Human Right treaties”, he adds in a press release.


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  • 18 March 2012 08:32, by SeekingTruth

    Scarecrows must stop scaring this fugitive away! There are so many ways of killing a rat. Why not allowed him in first and deal with him inside otherwise, the best option will be to never allow him to set foot in South Sudan oil.

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  • 18 March 2012 08:35, by mosa mel

    Good job guys devil Bashier must to be arrest.

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    • 18 March 2012 08:46, by molana

      i concur with you, period! Let him try to come to South sudan
      I will let Ocampo know this

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  • 18 March 2012 09:03, by Peter Nhiany

    Dear readers, I just want to thank the civil society organizations in South Sudan for standing up and voice rejection to welcome big criminal and blood thirst Bashir. I have been asking myself as if our leaders are out of their senses. Why would we put our country in such position of hosting criminals. Demonstration would speak louder enough to send a strong signal of our rage with Bashir.

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    • 18 March 2012 09:22, by Akobo River

      Arrest Omar Al Bashir and his NCP supporters the nyagat who recently flee the disarment to Ethiopia seeking more arms. He was arming the Luo Nuer and Murle to destablise the region. SPLA should be careful of some recent converts to SPlM from NCP, they are the engineers of every terrible thing happening in Jonglei.

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      • 18 March 2012 09:44, by Omot

        Akobo River! Rieminy Kwara! Nguinya Ngoth ke Wanni!
        We Anyuak will expel those Murle from our land and we will combine with Lou-Nuer.Lou-Nuer have no problems with us,but we together face abduction of our children and killing of our pple by Jiba.We don’t like those Dinka with long tails!Who are you Akobo River?You are not Anyuak,but u wanna spoil our name here.May Nyikang take u away!!

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        • 18 March 2012 10:02, by Akobo River

          Hello Omot don’t pretend to be an Anyuak, I have been with Anyuak in Pinyodo and Kakuma, they never involve in the game you are talking of, Anyuak supported Anyanya1, SPLA/M from day1 and never turned against south Sudanese in history and will never happen in future, I know them civilized and peaceloving people who never side with any evil. Arrest al Bashir and his supporters in S.Sudan

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          • 18 March 2012 10:49, by Omot

            Akobo River.You know nothing about us.Am not pretending and don’t say Anyuak support Bashir.We ’ve long distant to support Bashir.No no.I was born in East of Akobo.By the way, u didn’t live in Pinywudo.Have u forgotten the lessons we gave to Dinka n Nuer in 2002 when we killed 32 of them in the bus coming from Gambella in Abwobo?Now we are ok and peaceful to Lou-Nuer and Gajaak

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  • 18 March 2012 09:45, by Eastern

    I am begining to see a sleepy Civil Society awakening in South Sudan. We have more ills in the new nation than turnishing the image of the new nation internationally. There are more important issues the Civil Societies can put the government to task on: inclusive participation on drafting the new constitution,corruption, tribalism, nepotism and other ’isms’. Raising this red flag on the impending

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  • 18 March 2012 09:52, by Eastern

    ...visit of the criminal Bashir that the CSOs claim will turnish the image of South Sudan internationally is preposterous. Which good image is South Sudan potraying anyway. The new country under the current government has already gotten worse rataings internationally than what our impotent CSOs fear will happen to South Sudan after the criminal’s visit.

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  • 18 March 2012 10:27, by Bauer

    I am 100% Rossarian and am disappointed in what some of our civil servants are saying.Well ICC issued an arrest warrant and he can only and only be arrested by members that are signatory to the Rome statute of which RoSS isn’t a signatory.Sometimes people forget that things have to be done within the law.Whoever is out there insinuating the arrest of Bashir should first be arrested..........

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  • 18 March 2012 10:30, by wad balad

    Ungreatful idiots !! Instead of thanking bashir for setting you free u want to arrest him?

    you wouldnt dare !!

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    • 18 March 2012 11:49, by Logic

      Wad balad

      At least you retard accept that the South was "set free" indicating oppression and marginalization by your racist leaders.


      The ICC is a joke, international justice does not exist otherwise many other world leaders would be on the same list as Bashir. Reason objectively in this matter of arresting the criminal Bashir.

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      • 18 March 2012 15:16, by philip andriko

        Dear all let not talk about bashir arrest warrent time will tell when it came not even arrest maybe death warrent will be isue,you know overruling can cause death so there will be not arrest after you varnish,let not worry about him if you live by problems you will die with problems,not us southern sudanese to do that someone will do it for us and we will rest forever.

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  • 18 March 2012 10:31, by Bauer

    Because this person is going to cause public disorder and may be disrupt the signing of the four freedoms which is beneficial to both Ross and N.Sudan.At least if we were a signatory to the Rome statute yes but we are not and should not arrest him; y? U will be calling for another war with the north in one way or the other. Let us seek peace and walk in the path of peace not violence......continue

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  • 18 March 2012 10:35, by Bauer

    Wad Balad; Bashir did not give us freedom but we fought for our freedom.With your small English please do not use foul language coz its only hurting u and no one else.As I was saying, I lost a family member during the war but all is in the past.Let us solve our issues with the North amicably and promote economic sustainability as well as good security for either Countries.If you seek peace, chaooo

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  • 18 March 2012 10:44, by Chok Deng

    I totally disagree with anybody calling for Bashir arrest in South Sudan,Let ICC arrest Bashir else where but not in Juba.Bashir visit to Juba to discuss the outstanding issues is more important to both countries.Bashir has been hosted by many African countries,South Sudan ’’must’’ host Bashir for our benefits not ICC benefits,Mark my words!!!

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  • 18 March 2012 11:22, by wad balad


    Bravo for you good english, i hope your not missing your front teeth so you can pronounce your good english nicely.
    Like it or not it was Bashir who you should thank for you freedom. SAF had u by the balls in 2005 and there was lots of opposition against the CPA but he still signed and kept his promise. Ungreatfull society thats what it is !!

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    • 18 March 2012 11:55, by Logic

      Wad balad

      SAF are pussycats, they’ve only been known to terrorize their own citizens ever since it inception.

      They just got a serious ass whopping in BN & SK, the sad part is the dead were mostly the brainwashed sons of those areas and not you racist fools. Don’t believe me, just access your SAF data on the dead and wounded.

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      • 18 March 2012 12:37, by Northern Sudanese


        lol how are SAF pussycats?

        for taking over Abyei or bombing south sudan???? you call them pussycats???

        i would better call SPLM pussycats for letting SAf bomb and fly away ahahahah..... Abyei was invaded and your SPLM went calling the UN hahahaha

        lol SAF pussycats hahahahaa...... your SPLM are the real pussycats, only good in calling the UN......

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      • 18 March 2012 12:50, by wad balad


        Well if the SAF are pussycats then y cudnt u defeat those pussycats? y couldnt spla take over juba or any other major town the pussycats were holding? Y did the Pussycats chase the splm-n from all big town in BN & SK ? how did these pussycats give u a beating in abeyi?

        Thats because if the SAF are pussycats then ur jst a pussy !!

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        • 18 March 2012 13:08, by Logic

          You retards don’t even know the difference between SPLM and SPLA!

          All major towns under SAF control was for tactical reason you idiots, that’s how the SPLA got most of its supply because of the supply convoys to those bases.

          Abyei & Kurmuk were abandoned for tactical & political reasons, ask your SAF retarded generals if there was a single SPLA-N soldier when they entered. PUSSYCATS!

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        • 18 March 2012 13:14, by Logic

          And if you’re so proud of your pussycat SAF!

          Why couldn’t they defeat the SPLA for over 21yrs?

          Why couldn’t they expel the Egyptian army when Hala’ib was invaded?

          Why didn’t they stop the Al’Shifa attack by Clinton in the 90s?

          Why didn’t they respond when Israel struck inside Sudan killing citizens?

          Why have they never fought anyone but their own citizens?

          Because they’re PUSSYCATS!

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          • 18 March 2012 13:59, by wad balad

            hahahahahaha what tactics? Scared is no tactic my friend.
            The reason SAF didnt defeat spla is because u pussys kept runinng to uganda, pussy hit and run tactics. SAF doesnt have the ability to respond to US and Isreal air strikes, but we own spla pussy’s. And we will set you runing to uganda on any given day.Just like a dog race all we have to do is pull the trigger and watch you run !!

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          • 18 March 2012 14:07, by Northern Sudanese

            1.spla wasn’t even a proper army to defeat, they controlled an area for a few days and then run and hide in the bush

            2.halaib= sudan was at war with itself and had tensions with it’s neighbours ethiopia and uganda who were supplying weapons to spla.

            3. alshifa=same definition as 2+ it didn’t attack North sudan it attacked UNITED SUDAN which you were also effected.

            4.we have fought many...

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            • 18 March 2012 14:12, by Northern Sudanese

              mohammed ahmad almahdi= defeated the turks egyptian and british in 1885.....

              Alkhalifa Abdullah= defeated ethiopia and killed it’s king yohanne (about 1889)

              bashir= separating sudan was thee greatest victory of sudan in history....... (2011)......

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  • 18 March 2012 16:49, by Bauer

    You are indeed very stupid to say that Bashir did something very great in the separation of Sudan.They brain washed your minds with Islam and its laws and you started looking for non muslims to impose Sharia’h law on them against their will, killing your own citizens and u call Bashir a hero for the separation, go lick yo mama’s pussy!!!!!!!

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    • 18 March 2012 18:42, by Northern Sudanese



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      • 19 March 2012 01:26, by Anynya One

        Northern Sudan?

        Wait... how did this crab obtained the name NORTHERN SUDAN? The colonial period is over! Whites went back home! Its time for "Arabs Exodus!" Arab conduct is terrorizing & rejected over the WORLD! STOP THE NUBIAN GENOCIDE! Your useless Islamic strategies to wipe Nubian-s started right from Egypt! we all know that! & Now Sudan? NO WAY! ENOUGH! Arabs don’t deserve Sudan after Egypt.

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  • 18 March 2012 17:48, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Jok Alier Jok is talking short minded. we can not arrest Bashier on behave of ICC. We have our own way of getting ours enemy Later. Talk we talk,war we fight and caught them in battles. We can not hand him over to white Judgment. We have African Judgment,giving to foreign mean no Law Africa.SPLA/M knew their who is the enemy well. ICC have their own intrest diff than us. Africa must have their own

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  • 18 March 2012 17:52, by James Maker Akok

    Hello people who are supporting President El- Bashir while you are Southerns, You are stupid mind who don’t know what you talking. President El- Bashir did not agree with souh Sudan to sign peace agreement he was forced by United Nation, this is why he is still fighting with South Sudan. President El- Bashir has to be arrest as law said. South Sudan is a United Nation member to do anything as UN.

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    • 18 March 2012 18:20, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Maker! did you make Law of Arrest?
      sound short minded people in Africa.
      SPLA/M have their own warranty way.
      ICC have Interest in Africa.
      Short minded will jump up law! law!
      who is implemented that Law?
      It must be implimented by us African interest.
      Overthrowing Arab in sudan is the solution.
      Not one person like Bashier is a solution.
      Arab ideology must be dismantled in Sudan at all.

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      • 19 March 2012 01:41, by James Maker Akok

        United Nation is all the countries in the world that is why South Sudan got Independence through United Nation when there was United Nation South Sudan might not got peace to get Independence. South Sudan has to act as United Nation Member. so El- Bashir has to be arrest as UN Law.

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        • 19 March 2012 01:44, by James Maker Akok

          I mean, when there was no United Nation..........

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  • 19 March 2012 02:45, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Those issues Arrest warrant are not United Nation.
    Tey are especial Groupof Country who comply with their interest.
    It is different from UN league of Nation.
    UN did not issues any warranty.
    ICC is Rome status organization.
    some country arenot member this Oraganization.

    Interantional Criminal Court of Rome(ICC)

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  • 19 March 2012 07:14, by Martin Kat

    The coming of Bashir to Juba is apart of CPA remaining issues as well as ongoing talks now in the Addis ababa. It is not a common interest between Sudan and South Sudan governments. This what I know. Bashir must come, South Sudan govt will not arrest him. South Sudan civil society groups have no right to arrest Bashir while the greement on border demarcation and others have not been reach.

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  • 19 March 2012 13:19, by pabaak

    Those who welcome AL Bashir like those who welcome witchcraft into the society, is going to tarnish our image, if we still have issues with CPA why not agreed in neutral venue Like Addis Ababa. did he ever apologize for the war crimes? at least Riek Machar apologize lately, so Riek and Basheir are not equal at moment

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