TO: The Government Of Jonglei State
FROM: Bor Youth Association In Australia (BYAA)
January 31, 2015 (SSNA) — The Bor Youth Association in Australia (BYAA) would like to convey a matter of concern to your esteemed leadership, and to raise an awareness campaign to the general public regarding an unconstitutional incarceration of female protestors, following a peaceful protest on Thursday the 21st of January 2015 in Bor (Jonglei State). It was on the date stated (21st/01/2015) that a number of Bor women matched into the Governor’s office to protest what various media outlets had reported as “Governor’s Incompetency”. The activists took to the governor’s office to present demonstration templates believed to be indicative of their social and political standpoints. Nonetheless, after a rather peaceful protest, four of the female activists, believed to have orchestrated the protest, were subdued in their residences and taken into custody.
The BYAA strongly objects to extrajudicial suppression of basic rights of citizens to demonstrate, by the State security organs. Furthermore, Bor Youth Association in Australia condemns those involved in the insubordination, which resulted in disenfranchisement of common citizens. The incident defines an enforced liberal infringement upon the innocents. It is a case where the authority entrusted with a duty of safeguarding law and order distorts it and demonstrates constitutional violation. These protestors were peaceful in their demonstration, arresting them as a reaction from the government violates their fundamental rights to express their grievances. A conventional approach of dealing with these ‘peaceful protestors’ should be dialogue, which serves as benchmark of amicable consensus, as opposed to injudicious resolutions.
Where a government official is deemed incompetent, it is up to that particular official to provide a detailed explanation as to what negates him/her from being an efficacious public servant. His Excellency Governor John Koang Nyuon is not deprived of this right. However, he failed to adhere to simple democratic norms and values. His actions evinced an unwillingness to respect the rights of citizens who attempted to demonstrate against his leadership.
To advance the course of the arrested individuals, in societies where politics is organized, a ‘motion of no confidence’ passed against an incompetent leader is citizens’ prerogative. The motion is not subject to any punishment, because it reflects accountability and transparency to the citizens. Therefore, governor John Koang Nyuon must acknowledge that the imprisoned individuals were exercising their democratic rights. The governor must endorse their rights and act with immediate effect to release and acquit them. Justice must be prevalent, in order for the Bor Community to consistently maintain confidence in Jonglei State’s justice system.
We, the Bor Youth in Australia, acknowledge the social and political turbulences that the SPLM leadership had piloted us through. Moreover, we are considerate of the present obstacles that the government faces, and are also mindful of the forthcoming challenges. We remain in complete sodality with the government and also collaborative to veer the people of South Sudan away from the current bereavement. We are optimistic in achieving nationhood where freedom of expression and political correctness will not amount to retrospective policies. It is in such spiritthat we closely work with the executive government to amend political and social discrepancies. It is in our best interest as Bor youth to craft an efficient government. The contribution and dedication of Bor youth to achieve this efficacy is not subject to questions. We believe that our firm support of the government is paramount and worthy of a humble gratification.
In conclusion, the Bor Youth Association in Australia strongly requests a prompt response from your offices. We urge that your offices look into this matter, and see to it that the women are not only released, but also acquitted of their unjust charges. This is pre-condition, in mitigating further discontent from the youth.
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