July 08, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— The South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy(SSHURSA) condemns in strongest terms possible the clashes between the forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army(SPLA) under President Salva Kiir and the forces of the Sudan Liberation Army in Opposition(SPLA-IO) under First Vice President Riek Machar.
The two forces clashed in the evening of 7 July 2016 and renewed the same skirmishes on 8 July 2016 in Juba city.
SSHURSA condemns such clashes and concrete uncalled for and unfortunate setback toward the implementation of the Peace Agreement. This is yet another more dangerous route the parties are resorting to after more than two years of wasting South Sudanese lives by the same warring parties.
Whoever died like the soldiers who died at the side of SPLA and those wounded on the side of SPLA-IO are all South Sudanese and this should move every citizen and peace loving person to abhor such violence again.
SSHURSA calls upon the warring parties especially the two leaders Kiir and Machar plus their military generals to put South Sudanese people above personal differences and hatred. If South Sudan is to hold together once again, this lies in the hands of President Kiir and his deputy Machar.
The parties should own their responsibility in the sufferings of the South Sudanese people and implement the peace Agreement fully which they signed in August 2015.
The signed Peace Agreement is the only last hope to restore peace, reforms and harmony among South Sudanese people if implemented in letter and spirit. Any return to war in full scale is a mistaken belief of victory and that will make South Sudan ungovernable. SSHURSA strongly calls upon the parties to adhere to the provisions of the Peace Agreement and implement it fully.
SSHURSA also calls upon the international community not to just look on and waits for the worst. The Troika, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development(IGAD) as well as the African Union(AU), should stand up in words and actions to ensure that the parties to the Agreement implement it and any party that has tendency to take the South Sudan back to war and imminent violence, must be told and condemned singly-handedly and be held responsible.
SSHURSA renews calls on peace guarantors such as Troika, IGAD and AU to ensure that the relaxed security arrangements for capital Juba are immediately implemented and a joint command to oversee security of the capital is immediately set up. Things cannot anymore be left to chances.
SSHURSA also calls upon the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism(CTSAMM) to fully investigate the incidents in Juba to fully establish the cause and the party that instigated the violence. CTSAMM should publish publicly its report.
SSHURSA finally calls on South Sudanese to stand up for peace and reject to be dragged to violence that continues to dehumanise them.
South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy(SSHURSA) is an incorporated non-political and non-profit making national human rights organisation. It was founded on 5 June 2007, by South Sudanese lawyers and Law Students at Law Development Centre (LDC), Makerere, Kampala, Uganda. In South Sudan, it started operational since 2008.