UN experts call for prevention of ethnic cleansing in South Sudan
November 30, 2016 (JUBA) - The world’s youngest country is on the
brink of catastrophe, a three-member United Nations Commission on
Human Rights in South Sudan warned at the end of a 10-day visit.
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Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,
addresses a press conference in Juba on Friday 11, 2016 (UNMISS Photo)
“The stage is being set for a repeat of what happened in Rwanda and
the international community is under an obligation to prevent it,” the
Commission chairperson, Yasmin Sooka warned Wednesday.
The official specifically cited disturbing indicators such as an
increase in hate speech, a crackdown on the media and civil society,
deepening divisions between the country’s 64 tribes, renewed
recruitment in a country already awash with guns and the proliferation
of armed groups aligned to both sides in armed conflict.
“There is already a steady process of ethnic cleansing underway in
several areas of South Sudan using starvation, gang rape and the
burning of villages; everywhere we went across this country we heard
villagers saying they are ready to shed blood to get their land back,”
“Many told us it’s already reached a point of no return”, she added.
Ken Scott, a member of the commission, advocated for the urgency in
the need to establish the hybrid court promised for South Sudan.
“Large parts of the country literally have no functioning courts and
even the traditional reconciliation methods are now breaking down with
the result that it’s a free for all”, he stated.
During their 10-day visit, the Commission reportedly met several
displaced women in the Juba camp who were allegedly gang raped in the
July attacks and have yet to receive adequate medical treatment for
resulting complications, four months later.
“The scale of rape of women and girls perpetrated by all armed groups
in South Sudan is utterly unacceptable and is frankly mind boggling,”
“Aid workers describe gang rape as so prevalent that it’s become
‘normal’ in this warped environment but what does that say about us
that we accept this and thereby condemn these women to this
unspeakable fate?” she added.
In Wau town, where ethnic tension remains high, civilians reportedly
gave graphic accounts of how their husbands and children were robbed
and murdered by soldiers from the army during violence in June in
which at least 53 people were killed.
“The impact of this spreading violence is much more widespread and
serious than earlier thought,” said Commissioner Godfrey Musila who
visited the area.
Meanwhile, the three-member UN Commission of experts suggested a
number of steps that is said the international community should take
immediately to avert mass bloodshed. Among such measures, it said, is
to expedite the immediate arrival of the 4,000 strong Regional
Protection Force in South Sudan, ensure the force is not restricted
only to the capital, freeze assets, enact targeted sanctions and
implement an arms embargo.
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1 December 13:12, by Paul Ongee
I think UN is talking about the IO forces trained in Sudan
preparing to launch attacks on the positions of government forces
along the border. UN apologized for the interception of weapons in
Rumbek last time when its convoy was heavily loaded with weapons. They
are supposed to support African leaders to solve their own problem
such that there is no any war as seen in developed countries.
1 December 13:16, by Paul Ongee
The problem with the West or developed countries is that they
manufacture weapons for testing and using them in underdeveloped or
developing countries as they call it. That’s why there are wars
currently going on in the Middle East and African countries. The Third
world in general is considered one of the best market places for the
newly made weapons.
1 December 13:19, by Paul Ongee
If there is no war at all, they create one or two in
different developing countries only in the name of democracy, human
rights, you name it. I don’t know why there are few millionaires; only
1% of the world/West population is fine-tuning the behavior of 99%
while they behave de way they choose. Why religious bigotry, conflict
of interest and control of resources are the order of the day?
1 December 13:38, by Paul Ongee
Why wealth creation is not human right and democratic?
Does human right apply only to the 1% rich people but not to the 99%
of the world population? Does human right apply only to countries
manufacturing weapons and nuclear bombs? Why does it apply only to
rich nations but not poor nations? Why human rights do not advance
poor nations to become G-7/8 and G-20? It sounds funny folks.
1 December 13:39, by Paul Ongee
Had the very West been conversant enough with the
political history of South Sudan and political record of whoever likes
making coup d’etat in developing countries like Riek Machar since
1991, there would have never been bloodshed in the youngest country of
the world. The implementation of CPA-2005 during the interim period
(2005-2011) did not resolved all issues besides leadership style
1 December 13:40, by Paul Ongee
The West stood firmly with the marginalized
people of Sudan during the struggle until 2005, 2011 and up to now but
something fishy started going on before the outstanding issues of CPA
are finally resolved such that we come to the issue of rating
leadership style in South Sudan. In the West, opinion poll or vote of
confidence is always de case to gauge de performance of a leader, not
1 December 13:41, by Paul Ongee
However the case may be, the issue of
Khartoum-backed militia groups started right after the formation of
the popular movement (SPLM/A) led by Dr. John Garang de Mabior in
1983. The issue of Darfur (2003-present) and SPLM-N has been the basis
of argument to Omer Al-Bashir whose leadership performance has never
been questioned or rated but Salva Kiir struggled to keep Junubin
1 December 13:45, by Paul Ongee
...Dr. John Garang did in the bush.
The West should have continued supporting the leadership of President
Salva Kiir until 2015 because general election was scheduled to take
place. Although the would-be presidential candidates running their
campaigns on different platforms, voters would first consider rating
the performance of leadership style of President SKM before casting
1 December 13:46, by Paul Ongee
The remaining questions were
"Would the presidential candidates come from the same party (SPLM) or
different parties?" In South Sudan where the country has just emerged
from war, "Should one campaign for the Chairmanship of the party
(SPLM) first as Riek Machar did before revealing his intention to run
for president of the country or NLC to elect?" If NLC failed to meet,
should one make a coup?
1 December 13:48, by Paul Ongee
Why some members of the NLC
were not patient enough to consider where the country (South Sudan)
has come from first, united nationalistically and patriotically or
not? If yes or no, election season was already approaching where
Junubin will make a choice - to elect a new leader who will first keep
Junubin united in spirit and move the country forward for the next
1 December 13:48, by Paul Ongee
Making a coup d’etat or
staging a rebellion will only fuel disunity and create more tribalism
--- the African disease that needs to be healed. The Bible has
mentioned the 12 tribes of Israel but now they call themselves
Israelis, not tribes again. In South Sudan such tribal mentality will
disappear only when we become nationalistic and patriotic enough to
reject tribalism and disunity.
1 December 13:50, by Paul Ongee
The claim by some IO
leaders/supporters blindly following Riek Machar’s political ideology
that the August peace agreement of 2015 has failed is totally wrong.
They claim so because they see Riek Machar as the only South Sudanese
son who holds a PhD compared to President Salva Kiir’s education. They
look at but don’t see the real political record of Riek Machar.
1 December 13:52,
by Paul Ongee
Now the Government
has identified cantonment sites for the IO sympathizers and supporters
in Equatoria region where the senseless war of Riek Machar never took
place when Bor, Bentiu and Malakal have been changing hands before the
gallant SPLA forces finally recaptured them from the rebels. They’re
supporters because they never participated in the fight in the (3)
13:54, by Paul Ongee
The real OI
forces who fought in the (3) towns know themselves because most them
were SPLA soldiers and the militia who were integrated into SPLA and
stationed in the respective towns. Equatoria and Bahr El-Ghazal
regions were peaceful. So how can US or UN claim that there were IO
forces in the two regions? The "white army" of Lou-Nuer who were used
by Riek Machar since 1991 refused to come.
13:56, by Paul Ongee
of intensification of violence in Equatoria region is false unless
those IO sympathizers and supporters continue to destabilize the
region as massive robbery witnessed on Juba-Nimule Highway, Juba-Yei,
Juba-Torit and Juba-Magwi-Pajok roads, using hit-and-run strategy to
rob, loot, kill and rape. With de failure to pay dem in US dollars as
he promised, I believe most of dem will report to
December 13:57, by Paul Ongee
who report to the sites will be screened and trained combat skills
because some of them want to be in the army. But those who want to
remain highway and road robbers will be dealt with. And the good time
for dealing with them is this upcoming dry season which triggered
international concern to use the word "intensified violence." The
robbers can run but cannot hide as before.
December 13:59, by Paul Ongee
The international pressure must be applied to Riek Machar who declared
war on South Sudan government in Khartoum. His recent secret trip from
South Africa to Addis Ababa and Khartoum was "embarrassing and
humiliating" because the two cities denied him entry which proved that
he’s no longer wanted there to continue with his senseless
mobilization for war. His supporters and sympathizers know this.
1 December 14:00, by Paul Ongee
Riek Machar is subjectively capitalizing on the participation of his
sympathizers from Equatoria and Bahr El-Ghazal regions to sustain the
senseless war of destruction, hoping to elevate him to the top job in
the country. Those supporters and sympathizers believe that the war
would provide them with opportunity to get (fake) military ranks, high
positions and employment opportunities.
1 December 14:01, by Paul Ongee
While the Government has been and is still really struggling to
absorb the new comers of Khartoum-backed militia warlords and
re-absorb the same people who rebelled against the system for the sake
of peace and unity, Riek Machar, his sympathizers and supporters felt
that it’s opportune moment to continue with the war that has already
cost thousands of lives and displaced millions.
1 December 14:02, by Paul Ongee
The only difference between the Government and IO-Riek is
"peace and war ideology". Riek Machar is for the continuation of war
at any cost without concern for the inflicted sufferings on the civil
population, IDPs and refugees in the neighboring countries where UN
resources are badly overstretched. If Riek Machar denounces violence,
I believe there’ll be no intensified violence or tensions.
1 December 13:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g
It would be helpful if you shut that filthy mouth on issues that
affect people of all walks of life in South Sudan. You are supporting
a system that glorifies rape, loot of properties and mass murder of
citizens for their different political opinions. Riek Machar and those
in opposition only did that but the response from J1 is TERROR and you
1 December 14:07, by Paul Ongee
How are you doing maan? Hope you’re doing fine. Thanks for
acknowledging the truth. I am not a politician but telling the truth,
the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I know the truth always
hurts. Have peace of mind please. Don’t let you HBP rise.
1 December 19:01, by jubaone
Your articles here reveal a few things: . You’re a jienge
most likely from Bahr elghasal. 2. You’re very close to the JCE either
as an unofficial spokesman or direct kin 3. You’re a direct
beneficiary of this corrupt system through govt contracts or direct
cash payments. 4. We shall track you down in Juba unless you live in
1 December 14:26, by mountain boy
despite of the looted money which has been given to you by Salva
Kiir and his lunatic Taban Deng Gai to continued bucking like mating
dog, the fact remain that we are tied of Jeing of Dinka regime. And
for your information if at all you are still being hind under the
armpit the country will be liberated again soon if your still in
1 December 15:39, by mr.chris
The current government has losed it’s relevance,South Sudan
deserve change. If you want prove me, do an extensive research,tell me
the number of people who stays and sleep happy including your own
1 December 16:20, by adhelayoor
First and foremost, it is clear to justify that the giants in the
world of nations have pointed very clearly now! Isn’t it making you
awake that intentions are clear for US and UN to burden the worst
image in the history of Rwanda and Africa in general to paint South
Sudan with it?
No political doubts that such alarms are not just political
agitations but, context of really intentions! Beware!!!
1 December 16:49, by adhelayoor
However, now knowing that, ethnic cleansing is a cheap project
by running away from real responsibilities and contain mess in the
context of prevention.
So, where are the values in the giants ? How about virtues
that put all of us in the membership of UN? Isn’t it vices that it
leads now? isn’t it worth it to crack down on the forces of
globalization that champion messes just like US and UN ??
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