SSHURSA Condemns Murder of Mayor Cecilia and Calls on Government to Ensure Justice

Press statement: For immediate release; 12 November 2014

November 12, 2014 (SSNA) — The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) condemns in strongest terms possible the murder of former Yei Town; Cecilia Tito and her office manager who were killed by unknown armed persons on Friday night 7 November 2014 in Juba, South Sudan. According to various sources contacted, Mayor Cecilia and her officer were picked up at gun point from her home and later were murdered. The murder of Mayor Cecilia signals the level of inhumanity, hatred within South Sudanese society and utter disrespect of right to life which has reached an alarming rate in South Sudan. Her humiliation and final murder is an attack on the values of respect of humanity dignity which South Sudanese society has held for long but which have been diminished by tendency of institutions and individuals acting above the law.

SSHURSA sends condolences to the family, relatives, friends of Mayor Cecilia, people of Yei River County, people of Central Equatoria State and the entire South Sudanese society for such great loss. Her murder, like the assassination of Isaiah Abraham and the events of 15 December 2013, is an issue for which South Sudanese political leadership needs to renew its spirit to redefine destiny of South Sudanese people. What millions of lives were sacrificed for during the decades of independence wars was not for a lawless state. The level of lawlessness without functional rule of law enforcement mechanisms in South Sudan, has reached an extent that calls for conscience. The murder of Mayor Cecilia reflects similar circumstances against which South Sudanese fought the Sudan. Such situation is an unacceptable.

SSHURSA calls upon the government of South Sudan to genuinely investigate and apprehend the assassins. The government has always failed to bring anyone to justice in similar manner however, it remains the responsibility of the state to ensure that people and their property are protected and those who are responsible for such heinous crimes that violate human dignity particularly the right to life, are held accountable.

For more on this press release, contact SSHURSA through its Executive Director: Cell: +27749707905 E-mail: [email protected], South Africa

About SSHURSA:  SSHURSAis an incorporated non-political and non-profit making national human rights organization, founded by South Sudanese lawyers and Law Students on 5th June 2007 at Law Development Centre (LDC), Makerere, Kampala, Uganda. In South Sudan, its operations started since 2009, with its headquarters in Juba and co-ordination offices in other states. Its vision: a democratic and human rights abiding South Sudan. Its mission is tomonitor, document and publish human rights status in the country. It also trains general public on human rights, constitution, rule of Law and international humanitarian law, all geared towards creating an informed citizenry that ensures justice and good governance oriented South Sudan. Website:

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