Rights group urges R-TGoNU to disseminate R-ARCSS countrywide


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The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) has today expressed concern over the silence of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) in the country. CPA is calls on the R-TGoNU to disseminate the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) to the countrywide.

Thus, there is a need for wide spread dissemination of the R-ARCSS to make sure that the people of South Sudan including the refugees understand and support it. Importantly, in the process of dissemination, more emphasis should be put on Chapter five of the Agreement that deals with Transitional Justice, Accountability, Reconciliation, reparation, Compensation and Healing. When the citizens of South Sudan especially the victims have understood this Chapter, they will support and campaign for its implementation.

This stems from the fact that proper understanding of R-ARCSS by the people of South Sudan is a precondition for its success. It is our hope that once the people of South Sudan have properly understood the R-ARCSS, they will “support and own it.”

The Ministry of Peacebuilding, National Pre- Transitional Committee should be the lead and its partners in the dissemination of the R-ARCSS to make sure that the people of South Sudan including the refugees understand and support it. The peace agreement should create avenues like civic space in the human rights for the civil society organizations and human rights defenders to operate without restrictions from the government.

In article 1.2.2 the implement the Agreement and restore, permanent, sustainable peace, security are stability in the country. In article 1.2.3 expedite of relief, protection, voluntary and dignified repatriation, rehabilitation, resettlement, and reintegration of IDPs and returnees, working closely with the United Nations and other international agencies. 1.2.4 Facilitate and oversee a people- driven process of national reconciliation and healing through an independent mechanism in accordance with the agreement.

It’s our hopes that the dissemination of Peace Agreement will provide advocacy platform to generate discussions, share information and take action on the challenges and recommendations on how to effectively implement this Agreement to achieve everlasting peace in South Sudan.

But more importantly, the R-ARCSS must be implemented in letter and spirit because it is the only hope for the IDPs refugees and the whole of South Sudan; otherwise we are sitting on a ticking time-bomb.

Rights group urges justice for victims raped by national army

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South Sudan’s soldiers stand at attention during the official independence day ceremony. Photo © J.B. Russell
South Sudan’s soldiers stand at attention during the official independence day ceremony. Photo © J.B. Russell

Press Release | The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) has recently noted with great concern gross human rights violations perpetrated against women in the country.

On Wednesday, CPA learned that innocent women were gang-raped between March and April of this year in South Sudan and such an unbearable incident was confirmed by a law maker representing Yei River County in the Transitional Legislature Assembly and perpetrators happened to be “men in uniform”. CPA urges the government to hold perpetrators accountable and brought them to book.

“The failure of the government to protect and support victims of sexual violence undermines the quest for justice,” said the group’s national Director Ter Manyang Gatwech.

Since the signing of Revitalized Peace Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) on the 12 September 2018 in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia by parties to the agreement and therefore, human rights situations remain a challenge for the last two years in South Sudan.

Late last year to early this year, rape and gang rapes occurred in northern Unity state has been reportedly continuing this year, with perpetrators apparently thinking they could get away unpunished a statement by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (Source Reuters news). Last November there were report of 125 women and girls who were allegedly raped or gang raped over a 10-day period reported.

Reference Reuters: http://reut.rs/3rHsVek

Violence against women and girls in South Sudan remains a challenge. Two thirds of women who have experienced domestic violence say it was perpetrated by an intimate partner, while one in four women report that their first sexual experience was forced. It is important to note that in cases of sexual violence, many women do not report due to fear, stigma and the trauma that is associated with the offences.

“These police brutalities are just a tip of the ice bag of the magnitude of violence committed against women on a daily basis in this country.”

We at CPA condemn these acts of injustice committed by individuals and other criminal groups in the country. As a Human rights organization, we urge the government to bring these criminals to justice and also to speed up the formation of states governments and hybrid court for South Sudan to avoid such violations.

Rights body condemns recent clashes between SSPDF and SPLA-IO

Forces of the SPLM/A-IO taking rest after being dislodged from Moroto Training Center |Photo: File

CPA |Press statement

Dec 2nd , 2020 (Thessherald)- The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) strongly condemns the reported clashes between the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) against the forces of Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) around areas of Kerwa, Andejo, Kendiri, Mangalatore, Morota junction, and Morota unified training centre.

Sources indicated that, the clash took on the November 26th, 2020 Morota -Central Equatoria. This is a violation of the cessation of hostilities signed by the government of South Sudan and SPLA-IO on 21st December, 2017. CPA calls on CTSAMVM and JUB to investigate thoroughly and hold whoever is responsible accountable in order for South Sudan to have everlasting peace.

The Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) condemns and denounces the use of military- oriented solutions and urges the conflicting parties to promote peace through negotiated solutions rather than guns. It is therefore incumbent upon the conflicting parties to uphold the highest moral standards in regards to the respect and promotion of human rights and rule of law. These clashes will only worsen the already dire situation of the civilians in South Sudan.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) would therefore like the conflicting parties to show and exercise maximum restraint and cease hostilities. Let the focus be on fighting the global pandemic in the item of COVID-19 that has caused thousands of lives and infected millions globally.

On an equal footing, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) would like to encourage the IGAD, AU and International Community and peace monitors not take their eyes off these violations. These clashes must be investigated thoroughly and hold whoever is responsible accountable.

CPA voices concern over delayed formation of states’ governments

Ter Manyang Gatwech, head of The Center for Peace and Advocacy |Photo: File

CPA | Press Release

Nov 30th, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) is highly concerned over the delayed formation of the states’ governments by the parties to the agreement. This is a worrying and disturbing sign that all is not well, raising an eyebrow about the parties seriousness of returning the country back to sustainable peace, security, justice, development and the rule of law.

For a fully functioning Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) to be realized, the peace agreement stipulates the appointment of Governor of the Upper Nile State, Speakers of State Legislatures, State Councils of Ministers and County Commissioners, something that has not happened until now.

The unnecessary delay in the formation of the states’ governments is creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and a power vacuum. The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) regrets this delay and urges the parties to show some seriousness and commitment in resolving the states issue. The formation of the states’ governments is a pre-requisite to a stable R-TGoNU and a peaceful and secure South Sudan.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) is sounding the alarm bell and urges the parties to expedite the formation of the state government and call on the peace guarantors to help bridge the gap where they have been deadlocked. The South Sudanese cannot wait any longer; delaying the formation is giving them a very bleak picture of the direction the parties to the agreement are taking them.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) is therefore calling the international community to help pressurize the parties because the deadlock on the states issue is a sign of worse things yet to come.

‘Repent of your wicked ways,’ religious leader tells Kiir and Machar

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

Nov 10, 2020 (Thessherald)–A South Sudanese religious leader, Rev Karlo Okoy, has urged South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and his Deputy, Dr. Riek Machar to repent of their wicked ways and turn to God for a lasting peace to prevail in the country.

“Dear South Sudanese blind leaders and citizens- you still have a long way to suffer. You will never have peace and good economy in these lands of Biblical God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, prophets and the present disciples of Jesus Christ until you destroy all the false gods which are tearing the nations and the economies,” the religious leader lamented.

Rev Karlo Okoy

He appeals to the citizens not to make room for evil deeds and become gateways of the devil.

“Usually when God becomes angry because of our bad deeds, Satan implements God’s anger or wrath into action. He is like a vulture that awaits for the dead to lie down and eat.”

“It is Satan that brings famine, diseases, Sudanese have been ignoring this Biblical God and continued to kill themselves for the last 65 years since British left the country 1956.”

“If God gave Moses power to take his people from Egyptian slavery back to their promised lands around 1100 BC, what about me?”