‘Museveni kills more people than previous regimes combined’ – citizens

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni |Photo: Via Facebook
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni |Photo: Via Facebook

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is said to have killed more people compared to previous regimes, according to Ugandans who expressed their anger on social media.

The accusation comes after the president admitted publicly for the first time that some of his security forces were responsible for the killing of an NRM supporter.

“When I heard of the unfortunate death of Isaac Ssenyange alias Mando Zebra, Uganda’s boxer and former captain of the Bombers. I telephoned his wife who narrated to me the events in detail. Zebra was an NRM supporter, and was mobilising for us so well. He was also training many youth in the ghetto and giving them hope in their search for meaningful life,” Museveni narrated on his Facebook page.

“At first I thought they were thugs disguising in uniform, but as I continued investigations, I found out that Zebra was killed by security personnel.”

The 76-year-old Ugandan President explained that the slain NRM supporter would have seen him in the office, if he hadn’t fallen into the hands of his security personnel.

“Indeed, Zebra was meant to come and see me when he was killed. Zebra’s wife told me people in police uniform came to pick Zebra but he jumped over the wall and could have met another group who shot him.”

Rights group urges respect for human rights in South Sudan

Rights group urges respect for human rights in South Sudan |© Thessherald
Rights group urges respect for human rights in South Sudan |© Thessherald

Dec 11, 2020 (Thessherald)–A human rights advocate, Reech Malual, who doubles as the Executive Director of Screen of Rights, a Juba-based human rights and peacebuilding organization, has urged South Sudanese to rejuvenate their fight for human rights and freedoms.

Reech, who was speaking yesterday as the world marked this year’s Human Rights Day, also called upon the government to respect human rights and bring violators to book.

“It is time for South Sudanese to look at each other and see how far they have gone concerning executing or being able to at least walk in the spirit of the bill of rights according to the constitution of the Republic of South Sudan 2011 as amended. We are very happy that the law is very clear about what should be done. But similarly, what is left is for the government to be able to reinforce, which we have seen of late the government is reinforcing,” Reech said.

He added, “We have also seen that some of the violations of human rights are committed by government officials, who are not held to account at the end of the day.”

Reech said South Sudanese need to rejuvenate a spirit towards each that can be able to adhere to human rights respect.

“The theme of this year is stand up and ‘Recover better-stand up for human rights’. Who stands up for these rights? It is you, I, and the government,” Reech said.

Yesterday, 10th December 2020 was Human Rights Day. It is observed every year and was adopted in 1948, as a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document that proclaims the absolute rights to which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.

According to a UN fact-based report on the state of respect for human rights around the world, the US has documented human rights violations in South Sudan. These include arbitrary deprivation of life and other unlawful or politically motivated killings, the disappearance of individuals, torture, and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of people.

The report also documented the conditions of prison and detention centers in South Sudan, arrest procedures and treatment of detainees, denial of a fair public trial, and many more.


Originally published by Radio Tamazuj

UN calls for the timely formation of R-TNA

Oct 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–The UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has released a report, calling for the timely formation of the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative ASSEMBLY, a pending task in the implementation of the peace deal.

The Commission calls on South Sudanese leaders that to “Take immediate steps to remedy persistent and undue delays in implementation of the R-ARCSS, including reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and establishment of State governments, to facilitate enactment of legislation and a conducive environment for initiation of transitional justice processes in South Sudan.”

The Commission recommends the “enactment of legislation and establishment of the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing, Hybrid Court for South Sudan, and Compensation and Reparation Authority, in accordance with Chapter V of the R-ARCSS.”

The United Nations urged the Parties to consider transitional justice as an integral part of peacebuilding efforts.

“The Parties should ensure that transitional justice is pursued as an integral, rather than a secondary, component of peacebuilding and development in South Sudan, including by ensuring appropriate allocation of adequate resources for operationalisation of the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing, Hybrid Court for South Sudan, and Compensation and Reparation Authority”

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The UN report recommends that the parties should “issue a public report to the citizens of South Sudan, indicating the steps it has taken so far, with regard to implementation of Chapter V of the R-ARCSS, and outlining any obstacles resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and measures it is taking or intends to take to mitigate identified challenges.”

The UN Commission on Human Rights called upon the leaders to ensure that a focal point is formed in the R-TGoNU to oversee implementation of Chapter V of the R-ARCSS and transitional justice processes in South Sudan.

The report seen by The South Sudan Herald urged the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity to “investigate and prosecute State security officers and other actors responsible for violations of fundamental freedoms and rights to information, expression, association, and assembly, and suppression of civic space.”