Stop The Killing of Innocent Civilians In Greater Equatoria Region.
FROM EQUATORIAN LEADERS IN DIASPORA
Sept 30, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — We, the Equatorian Leaders in Diaspora (United States of America, Australia, Canada, and United Kingdom), are dismayed and appalled by the renewed hostilities and indiscriminate killing of civilians by Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) in Greater Equatoria Region (GER) despite the signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. Recent escalation of the war in Central Equatoria State (CES) and Western Equatoria State (WES), where innocent civilians were massacred and displaced, is a deliberate breach of the peace accord signed between the warring parties.
Reports from Wonduruba, Kitigiri, Mundri, Jambo, and Lui indicated that between 12th and 16th September 2015, GRSS decided to launch a unilateral military offensive in these areas. As a result of these operations, many innocent civilians were massacred in cold blood with thousands displaced and the rest scattered in bushes/forests in fear of their lives. These egregious attacks have caused untold suffering and an unfolding humanitarian disaster in CES and WES. A similar incident has recently also happened in Magwi County. We condemn these senseless and heinous military actions against unarmed and defenceless civilians in the strongest terms possible.
We hold no one other than the President Salva Kiir Mayardiit who is the Commander-in-Chief of South Sudan Defence Force; and General Paul Malong, the Chief of General Staff of South Sudan Defence Force, to be responsible for atrocities that resulted in the deaths of Equatorians. By virtue of their military portfolios, these principal military officers are responsible for planning and execution of any military operations across the country. Hence, they are accountable and responsible for the loss of the innocent lives in the region. It is lamentable and unbelievable that the Kiir regime still holds the false notion that the ongoing conflict engulfing the country can be resolved militarily.
As the military offensive continues in WES and CES targeting mainly civilians, we urge IGAD plus, AU, UN and other agencies involved with the monitoring of the recently signed Compromise Peace Agreement (CPA) to intervene and take tough actions against those responsible for dishonouring the Ceasefire Agreement. We urge UN agencies, human rights groups and other humanitarian agencies to investigate human rights abuses against civilians. In addition, we request humanitarian assistance to the survivors and Internally Displaced People (IDPs). We also urge the CPA-2 monitoring agencies to investigate human rights abuses, war crime violations, and crimes against humanity in GER.
As equally affected by the killing of our law-abiding citizens in Equatoria, we urge all Equatorian Caucuses/Members of Parliament (MPs) in both Houses of Parliament (the National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States) to intervene and condemn such heinous acts against our people. Likewise, we call upon the respective State Governments in Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria States to swiftly take firm measures to stop these unjustified and unnecessary military operations against defenceless civilians in the region.
The recent incidents in Central Equatoria (Wonduruba, Kitigiri, Mundri, Jambo and Lui), Western Equatoria (Yambio and Maridi), and Eastern Equatoria (Pageri) show that the government is not seriously committed to CPA. As such we appeal to the international community to do all it can to ensure the government complies with the peace agreement.
The incidents above highlight the need for Federalism and restructuring of the security sector in South Sudan where each region is responsible for recruiting its security forces, including the army and managing its own affairs. This will minimize the level of human right abuses currently observed in the country.
- Federico Vuni, Equatorian Community Leader in the UK
- Kwaje Lasu, Equatorian Community Leader in the US
- Joseph Modi, Equatorian Community Leader in Canada
- Mr William Orule Equatorian Community Leader in Australia
CC: UN Security Council
CC: The President of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardiit
CC: The Chairman, SPLM in Opposition, Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon
CC: The Chairman, IGAD PLUS Implementation Panel
CC: The Chairperson, AUC, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
CC: The Speaker, South Sudan National Legislative Assembly, Mr Manase Magok Rondiang
CC: The Speaker, South Sudan Council of States, Mr Joseph Bul Chan
CC: The Governor, Central Equatoria State, Mr Ali Juma Malou
CC: The Governor, Eastern Equatoria State, Mr Louis Lobong Lojore
CC: The Governor, Western Equatoria State, Mr Major General Patrick R. Zamoi
CC: Amnesty International
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