PRESS STATEMENT; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; 20 APRIL 2014
April 21, 2014 (SSNA) — The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) condemns in the strongest terms possible the attack on 17 April 2014 meted on unarmed civilians of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of (about 5000) mostly members of the Nuer ethnic group. The IDPs have been sheltered at the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Bor, Jonglei state, right from the start of the ongoing crises in South Sudan in December 2013. The attack according to the survivors including the community leaders, 47 of whom SSHURSA has interviewed, left 148 persons dead mostly children and women, and wounded over 200 persons, a number untallied with the UN media preliminary releases that put the deaths not above 70 but disputed by the interviewed survivors as ‘incorrect’.
The attack was alleged to have been carried out by an armed youth group from Dinka Bor ethnic group of Jonglei state. However, according to the interviewees, they believe it was carried out by well trained armed personnel, accusing the South Sudan’s national army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) as behind the attack in disguise of the armed youth.
Whoever was behind the attack, be it the army or the youth or both, SSHURSA condemns such pre-mediated killings as against human dignity. It is barbaric and must be condemned by all those who care about humanity. This is a violation of Articles 11(right to life and human dignity), 15(equal protection of the law), 16(rights of women), 17(rights of children) and 18(the right of freedom from torture or cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment) as enshrined in the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan 2011 and other regional and international human rights instruments. The attack also violates the principles of the international humanitarian law stipulated in Geneva Convention and optional protocols which South Sudan has ratified and domesticated and as a state, it is obliged to observe.
SSHURSA also condemns the careless, irresponsible and hate speech by the South Sudan’s Minister of Information Honourable Michael Makuei Lueth who in a press conference after the attack described the IDPs as “intolerable rebels” and with UN being described by the Minister of the Interior Honourable Aleu Ayieny Aleu as having provoked the armed group by “shooting up into the air”. Such statements by Ministers who are also Members of the Parliament are inciting. There is no any justification under any law or circumstances whatsoever, to attack unarmed civilians.
SSHURSA also condemns the negligence of the UN soldiers who did not act in time according to the survivors and that led to attackers killing in hundreds.
SSHURSA appeals and makes the following recommendations:
1. To the UNMISS:
1. To the UN Security Council:
1. To the Government of South Sudan:
1. To the SPLM/A In Opposition
1. To the Troika Countries and the rest of the International community:
1. To the Nuer Community:
1. To Dinka Community(Greater Bor Communities):
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 Many survivors of the Bor UN base attack as interviewed by SSHURSA on 17, 18 and 19 April 2014, confessed that death rates shot high because the UN did not act in time against the attack.
ABOUT SSHURSA: South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) is an incorporated non political and non profit making Human Rights organization founded in June 2007 by South Sudanese Lawyers and Law Students at Makerere Law Development Centre (LDC), Kampala-Uganda. In 2009, it became operational in South Sudan with its head office in capital city Juba and co-ordination offices in the states. It membership composes of individuals and organizations who believe in its human rights protection mandate. Its vision is for a democratic and human rights abiding South Sudan and with its mission to monitor, document and publish human rights status in South Sudan and also train general public on Constitution, the importance of human rights, fundamental freedoms of an individual, Rule of Law, democracy, Transitional Justice and International Humanitarian Law , all geared towards creating a more responsible, justice and good governance oriented South Sudan. SSHURSA pays special focus on the rights of children, women and other vulnerable groups.It also keeps close attention to the strict observance of the supreme law, The Constitution.
Motto: “YOUR RIGHTS; YOUR DIGNITY”
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