Argent Action: My Life is under threats from South Sudan National Security
To Amnesty International and East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
By Ter Manyang Gatwech,
Human Rights Activist.
Oct 06 2016 —–The South Sudan Government send some members from South Sudan National Security on 1st October 2016 in order to look for 30 people [human rights activists] here in Kampala-Uganda. One of my best friends I called me around 2:20PM and told me that, the South Sudan National Security are looking for 30 people and your name is appear in the list. They were looking three things; your palace, your best friends and your University if you are the student.
He said do not move in Public places like High Table in Kampala. Their main target was; 12/10/2016 African Youth Action Network (AYAN) will organize peace conference together with International Youth for Africa (IYA) here in Kampala in order to get me there plus the rest of the members. International Youth for Africa is working in the area of human rights, refugee’s rights, Youth’s rights and peace and reconciliation among communities; which the South Sudan Government does not want to those hear issues of human rights violations in the country.
I have got the opportunity to attend different workshops organized by different international organizations. In these workshops I have had to interact with different members from different organizations which have similar programs though from different countries namely; Kenya, Rwanda Tanzania and Uganda. In these trainings and interactions I have acquired new skills and also have improved on the way how things are done namely as regards to human rights; collection of data on the victims, reconciliation process, analysis of data, storage, documentation on human rights abuse, data storage, personal security etc. with this international exposure and interaction it has given me confidence to carry out different projects on human rights abuses documentation in South Sudan and Diaspora.
Details of threat
On 2nd October, 2016 at 7:00 AM East Africa local time; I received life threatening calls from unknown people whom I suspected to be security personnel. The suspects used hided phone numbers but one number appeared to be this +211956321261 and they speak Juba local Arabic/Dinka language. With this regards, the statements they told me were, we will eliminate and kill you one-by-one if you cannot stop writing and that of reporting government challenges to foreign sources as human rights activists. He told please don’t come to South Sudan because we are control everywhere.
They said, you Nuer human rights activists, have exposed south Sudan to externals. This came in as a result of one day workshop organized by South Sudan Engagement Day and Public Dialogue on 26/8/2016. The public Dialogue organized by South Sudanese civil Society organizations include; South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA),International Youth for Africa(IYA), African Youth Action Network(AYAN), Africa Centre for Transitional Justice (ACTJ) and Young Adult Empowerment Initiative (YEI) in collaboration with Makerere University Convocation ,Konrad-Adenaur-Stiftung(KAS), and University Forum on Governance (UNIGOG).
I request the following organizations to intervene in my case;
Amnesty International,(AI) East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project(EHAHRD),Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG),UNHCR and Inter-Aid Uganda. I want to go out of the country.
To conclude with; there are countless life threats to me and some of my colleagues in the advocacy in Uganda. Since the regional rights’ bodies and the international defenders have so far in viewed the general human rights situation. There are a lots of fear and bad-negative conducts by South Sudan Army forces, and other security personnel who are taking law into their hands to kill or to innocently arrest defenders/activists, journalists, humanitarian aid workers without charges. My human rights works in South Sudan is committing self-suicide because no one bear it in mind that human rights promotion is the only source of democracy and peaceful co-existence in any society.
Ter Manyang Gatwech
Human Rights Activist and The Executive Director of International Youth for Africa (IYA)
Co. To Amnesty International
Co. To East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
Co. To Public International Law and Policy Group
Co. To UNHCR
Co. To Inter-Aid Uganda
Co. Uganda Government
Co. American Embassy in Uganda
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