South Sudanese Diaspora Rallies At The UN Headquarters in New York To Hold Salva Kiir Government Accountable For Crimes Against Humanity
March 23, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– South Sudanese Community-in-Exile are expected to hold a major press conference on March 24th, tomorrow, at the UN Headquarters in New York to pursued the world body and the international community to take serious actions against the leaders of South Sudan who have held the country in violence for more than two years.
According to human right activist, Simon Deng, the United Nations must thoroughly investigate Salva Kiir and his government for heinous crimes and atrocities committed against civilians in the world’s new state since 2013.
The demonstrators will converge at the UN headquarters at around 10:30Am to present their letter to UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon and partners in New York in attempt to convince them to take bold actions against their leaders back home.
The activist, Simon Deng and other South Sudanese-Americans, who went on hunger strikes for months between May and August 2015 at the White House, Washington, in attempt to get Obama administration to response to South Sudan conflict are now on the lead to rest this matter at the United Nations.
According to a document extended to Nyamilepedia by South Sudan Freedom Committee from New York, the attendees will call for a thorough investigation into the recent massacre of civilians inside a UN safe-haven at the city of Malakal, and will urge the world community to understand the antagonistic nature of President Kiir’s recent decision to create 28 new states in South Sudan, fundamentally changing the country.
In the words of Mr. Deng, “On February 20th, 2016, in New York, the UN Security Council, the European Union, and the “Troika” countries of the US, UK, and Norway, all condemned the killing of civilians inside a UN camp in Malakal. With so much evidence already on the atrocities that have been committed by the government of Salva Kiir Mayardit, as Commander-in-Chief of the soldiers who are carrying out the killing, I am appealing to the world community today that the time for condemnation has passed: the time for accountability is at hand. The renegade President of South Sudan must be held responsible for the crimes carried out in his name.”
South Sudan returned to a deadly civil war in December 2013 and despite many agreements signed between January 2014 and August 2015, the major parties to the conflict act as if no agreement was ever signed.
The government has unilaterally created unconstitutional 28 states and tries to implement them despite many challenges including economic collapse, hunger and fear of famine in all the states.
While many civilians from Salva Kiir’s home town and neighboring states in Bhar el Ghazal region are fleeing the hunger to another volatile region of Darfur and more civilians from Upper Nile region head northward to Khartoum to seek refugee. In Juba, it is all political games and blames on opponents for failures.