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South Sudan ratifies the Geneva Conventions

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July 19, 2012 (JUBA) - The Republic of South Sudan, on Monday, agreed to the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols related to the humanitarian treatment of the victims of war, after a bill was passed by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

The move would imply that all countries in the world have now signed the 1949 Geneva Conventions, making the treaties truly universal.

"We are very pleased to learn that South Sudan has acceded to the Geneva Conventions. These rules, which seek to protect human life and prevent needless suffering, are now universal. The fact that all states have signed them puts that beyond doubt," said Melker Mabeck, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Juba.

"The Geneva Conventions must continue to be incorporated into the training and doctrine of South Sudan’s army so they are known and complied with," he added.

The Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols are the core of international humanitarian law, setting out rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict.

These rules, among others, protect persons not, or no longer, participating in hostilities, such as civilians, health workers and aid workers, wounded or sick soldiers, prisoners of war and other persons deprived of their liberty, and impose restrictions on the means and methods of warfare to which parties to conflict can resort.

"This is an historic moment for South Sudan," said Dengtiel Ayuen Kuur, who chairs the NLA Committee of Legislation and Justice.

"These laws restricting the means and methods of warfare must be adhered to if we are to forge a path towards peace and prosperity. Today we as a nation underline our commitment to the principles of humanity even in times of war," he added.

The ICRC’s permanent international mandate to protect and assist victims of armed conflict is derived from the Geneva Conventions.

Since it began operation in the region in 1986, the ICRC has reportedly provided technical support and advice to the South Sudanese government during the accession process, in addition to conducting training and information sessions on international humanitarian law for South Sudan’s army and armed groups present in South Sudan.

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  • 20 July 2012 06:55, by Madina Tonj

    What a meaningless of Geneva Conventions, how many million dies in Sudan and where is that law work? 800,000 of Rwanda genocide where was this Geneva convention? Darfur genocide continues in presnet of UN within Sudan and nothing done how this Geneva signed in 1949 work? Syrian people are dying why?

    Are these UN formed in 1949 become a business coloinal rather than protection to human beings?

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    • 20 July 2012 07:23, by Dinkawarrior

      Who was the first South Sudanese attending the so called Geneva Conventions? What was it about? You must read everything before signing it, the Geneva Conventions Protocols related to lifesaving and destruction at the same time. As you already join the world of business and political gain, you must take care of your live and be friend to your own people.Otherwise somebody out there might be wander

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    • 20 July 2012 09:05, by Ayom Dor

      Poor Country of ours, which has rushed to ractify all the international treaties and agreements within her first aniversary of independence without carefully reading and understandings them! which will restrict our self governance and rules in the new Republic in near future!!

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    • 20 July 2012 11:24, by Big Boy

      Dear Madina
      I do agree with you You are right, non of the above mentioned called Geneva Conventions can’t be implemented here in Africa Continent. but in European can observe it.our leader they are killers and murders jealous and cowdice such hungery man called " Presid..Kiir" he try to pursuit their counterparts Al-Bashir while our scapegoats or martyrs are dying with hungers ashame on you RSS.

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  • 20 July 2012 07:24, by George Bol

    Our mother and father SPLM/A free thousands SAF POWs in 2005.They captured 14 SAF Pows in Heglig and hand then over to their families in khartoum. SPLA captured so many militia employed by Khartoum but free them to their families and give amnesty to so many militia. SPLA has been respecting the principals but when provoke. SPLM/A oyee

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    • 20 July 2012 07:50, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      You are very right Mr Bol, without discipline the Army would just be a bunch of guys wearing the same colour clothing. Even though I believed there are no friends in wartime. Still as we SPLA/M Dominated By might and A God father Dinka, we still show some mercy to the humanity and that is why we are well known and acknowledged worldwide of giving traitors aka Nyagateen more amnesty, nobody show

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      • 20 July 2012 07:52, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        sympathy than DD SPLA/M,
        SPLA is A God given army,
        God bless me,

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      • 20 July 2012 08:47, by omoni jr.

        DDS.
        Son of bitch, leave George Bol alone,he is nationalist and patriotic man compared to you mule and retarded asshole nigga.who told you SPLA/M is belong to Dinka???????
        son of whore?? My dad and older brother were in SPLA ...please,preach that nonsense to Awan Chan asshole family not to SPLA/M whom i know from A-Z..

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        • 20 July 2012 09:02, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Drunk,
          You have a mantel damage just like your uncivilised family who speak with street language of gangsters, I will not talk to you poor boy and miss brought up street child which was born out of mistake,
          Get some education, it will help you behave yourself poor boy, I don’t speak your language nor do I understand your talking carp,

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          • 20 July 2012 09:11, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            Your father & brother must have some sort of motivation to fight the war of Sudan, that does not concerning them and if they were really fought as you said it, than there was something wrong with them because the Congolese_Ugandan cannot fought the war that does not concerning them,
            coward son of forigner man,

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  • 20 July 2012 09:04, by wang

    D.D. Corruptions and George Bol.
    SPLA had never captured any single militia that you guys claimed are employed by Khartoum and free them to their families. Those guys you are talking about joint South Sudan army voluntarily when the wise man (Riek) was fully convinced your lost dictator to follow our boat. Nuer are nearly wipe you Bor off and they still living there in jonglei State, while your

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    • 20 July 2012 09:05, by wang

      Nuer are nearly wipe you Bor off and they still living there in jonglei State, while your might Dinka SPLA have done nothing about it. You better leave it as the way it is and let us move on, sorry kids.

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      • 20 July 2012 10:00, by Dinkawarrior

        Wang
        You sounded like Dr. Obesity or you may be a son of Traitor man otherwise you’re from Nyamnyam Community. The main goal of the SPLM/A was to liberate you from the hands your Master Jalaba, now your free to eat whatever you like to eat. Eating is what you Nyamnyam Community hear better than anything else, eat and drink but don’t forget to thanks the Mighty Dinka SPLM/A warriors. Shame on you!

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        • 20 July 2012 10:52, by wang

          Dinkawarrior
          SPLA had liberated nothing, only cleared the way to the feeding Centre like the one was in Ethiopia and current one in Kenya for Dinkas.

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    • 20 July 2012 09:11, by wang

      omoni jr.
      D.D. Corruptions is a kid that was brought up by the dysfunctional family and we can never do anything to change that kid behaviours even God

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      • 20 July 2012 09:20, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        This guilty mind needs to be taught a good lesson, see your confessing tell who you are,
        But no doubt Wang you are such uncivilised son of militia who is specialised on savage’s attack which took me back to my understanding that the cruelty is contagious in uncivilized Nuer communities

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        • 20 July 2012 09:38, by wang

          In which way you will teach Nuer a good lesson while the SPLA is no longer dominate by Dinka and event if it is still?. Tell us Dinka Dominated SPLA/M!

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          • 20 July 2012 09:57, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            "In which way you will teach Nuer a good lesson"
            "Tell us Dinka Dominated SPLA/M!"
            By giving them more amnesties, tell them they are nyagateen and uncivilised savages tribes,
            But i was talking to you as Wang but now you talk about whole Nuer but still there is no different,

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            • 20 July 2012 10:18, by Dinkawarrior

              Wang?

              Why did you and your uncle Dr. Traitor stabbing the movement at the back while we were at point of victory during Juba operation?

              Now your the first Cannibal practicing corruption in South Sudan, don’t you feel shame for yourselves? Shame on you Mr. Nyamnyam?

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              • 20 July 2012 10:28, by Gäär

                Warrior,
                I thought you’re a nationalist, because no one can have the name warrior without having solid heart. Now you’re just like this so called Dinka Dominated Corruption (DDC)who ran lose from missionary orphanage at the age of twelve. He has no guidance. His mum went prostitution. His father severely wounded himself to pretend to Nuer his brigades that he was just shot by Jalaba. He is now dea

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                • 20 July 2012 10:31, by Gäär

                  Tell DDC to go back to Orphanage, they are still looking for him. He has a debt of stolen meal when he left.

                  For you, you’re using false lies of Devil Garang by saying "we are point of victory". how can you victorious when you’re fighting your own civilians. SPLA in Juba at the time were NOT fighting Jalaba. they were fighting EDF. and you want to call that a victory? Foolish Majority!

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                  • 20 July 2012 10:35, by Gäär

                    Devil Garang stabbed the movement of Gai Tut in the back. He rebelled and killed him to look for New Sudan, only to come back in 1999 to ask Riek for peace, knowing that New Sudan vision is unachievable. He regretted what he did even in his grave now. If he allowed Gai Tut to fight his war of Self-Determination, South Sudanese could be well off now. even this loose kid called DDC can live a....

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                    • 20 July 2012 10:39, by Gäär

                      ..live a non-mental health life. An Prostitute Nyandeng can no more run around looking for sex agents, because her husband could still be alive.
                      Its a big shame. but all communities of South Sudanese know this vultures/Nyagats/slaves/traitors called Jangs for their looting/food eating habits, puting wrong history in wrong hands.
                      When I see a Jang, I see a corruption and stupidity moulded in one.

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                    • 20 July 2012 11:51, by Dinkawarrior

                      Gaarma? Amma War is continuing!

                      Actually Gai Tut was the man of his words, he remained in bush during Anyanya one like those of Nyachagak, Pagan Amum, and many others. But the problem is that Gai Tut was a deputy to Akuot Atem who was also Dr. Garang’s uncle. They didn’t have a plane of Liberation but destruction in Nuer land. The same thing to Dr. Obesity he didn’t lead Nasir Faction but Dr.La

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                      • 20 July 2012 12:14, by Dinkawarrior

                        Dr. Obesity didn’t lead Nasir Faction but Dr. Lam Akol after he become hungry for leadersip, he grasped it from him. There was amazing history too at that time and this is one of the reasons why we South Sudanese always say your stupid people in whole Sudan. When Dr. Traitor took leadership, he declared Naath Language for his Movement and killing non Nuer. Is it not shameful?

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                        • 20 July 2012 12:42, by Dinkawarrior

                          Dr. Traitor also Killed Nuer who were royal to the SPLM/A and the Nuer who refused to go back to Khartoum. For example, Peter Panom Ganypiny whith his whole family. May God bless Peter Panom.

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              • 20 July 2012 10:37, by wang

                Dinkawarrior
                We did not even capture a 1/3 of our territories (South), forget about the whole Sudan which your lost dictator was aiming for. Without Dr. Riek and others, we can still in the bush now. History will reveal the truth some days

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                • 20 July 2012 11:08, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

                  Gaar & Wang
                  Your talking carp will be treat less than humanity because your background is known for being nyagat and Bashir ass kisser,
                  Tell me whom Nuer is not a traitor in the south? None they were bron nyagateen and surly will die and buried as nyagateen, how many amnesties did we given you? So many, go and teach your gang to behave human,

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                  • 20 July 2012 15:00, by Lango2010

                    Ramadan al karim to to all muslim brother
                    i warn the southern brother to reframe from issues of tribalism because it will never take us a head
                    let have feeling of nationalism never mind us of what trible you come

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