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Liberation struggle has been tribal -Justice Nyuol

Panelists during the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) monthly consultative forum at Quality Hotel on Friday 30/06/2018 (Photo by David Mono Danga).

By David Mono Danga

The Chairman of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission has said the struggle that led to session of South Sudan from Sudan had always been tribal from 1981 to date.

Speaking during the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) monthly consultative forum in Juba on Friday, Justice Justin Nyuol Yaac said tribalism, nepotism and impunity was not a new phenomenon in the country.

Justice Nyuol said Khartoum’s violation of human rights against the southerners was so heavy that it overlooked the violation of the southerners by fellow southerners (South Sudanese).

“The 2011 Independence of South Sudan inherited all the injustices during the conflict with Sudan. The violations by The South and The South were ignored until now. Mass killings, rape of women and girls, tribal targeted attacks in 2013 and 2016 conflicts, the Juba massacre, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu are all examples of how the movement has been ethnically characterized. It is not something new,” Justice Nyuol said while staging his presentation to the audience.

He said parties always feared accountability as a result they tried to negotiate for what they belief was goog instead of the common goal of peace and justice.

“Political parties should commit to the peace agreement they signed. They don’t need to be reminded by the people,” Justice Nyuol urged.

Madame Kuyang Logo is a Professor at the University of Juba during the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) monthly consultative forum at Quality Hotel on Friday 30/06/2018 (Photo by David Mono Danga).

Meanwhile, Academician, Kuyang Logo of the University of Juba noted that the National Dialogue is a creation of the politicians to avoid accountability for the injustices they committed against civilians.

“Politicians are not honest. I see the National Dialogue as a tendency to avoid accountability by the political leaders, the main protagonists of the conflict in South Sudan,” said Ms. Kuyang who was also one of the panelists.

She said the National Dialogue was “totally a wrong idea” since it was first a political statement then a decree was issued for it to be implemented.

“The National Dialogue was not conceptualized well from the start. It should have started as a solid initiative. What is it going to achieve? Grass roots reconciliation? They have to answer this,” Madame Kuyang demanded.

“If they (the leaders) want to avoid accountability why don’t they go to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?” For our society to move forward, the past must be dealt with. People must be punished for the impunity committed by the soldiers,” Ms. Logo reiterated.

She lamented that some of the impunity committed against women and girls is unbearable to read about it in the reports and poems. She said one cannot believe the magnitude of the violence against women, especially the rape victims to have been done by people born by women and has mothers and sisters.

On his part, the Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance, Jame David Kolok agreed that the people of South Sudan need peace first and justice later.

“The citizens are suffering in the refugee and IDP camps. These people need urgent peace so that they can return to their homes. It is very sad to note that these people’s homes and villages were burnt down by their fellow citizens,” Kolok told Juba Monitor after the forum.

The forum is conducted every month to get the citizens perspectives on Transitional Justice Issues.

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