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Western Nations Condemn Rights Abuses, Threats to UN in South Sudan

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says a million people have been displaced in 100 days of fighting in South Sudan.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says a million people have been displaced in 100 days of fighting in South Sudan.
Diplomats representing major western powers have strongly condemned human rights violations by South Sudan's government and rebel forces and protested the obstruction of U.N. operations and threats to U.N. personnel in the war-torn country.

In a statement released Friday, the ambassadors and chargés d'affaires of the United States, United Kingdom and Norway, which make up the so-called South Sudan troika, along with  France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and the European Union, reiterate their "support for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and its work on behalf of the international community for the people of South Sudan."

"We strongly condemn the continued obstruction of UNMISS operations by Government and opposition forces and any threats to UNMISS personnel," the statement said, stressing that "all threats and attacks on United Nations personnel and facilities are unacceptable and may constitute violations of international law."

The 10 nations and E.U. condemned both the government and opposition forces for human rights abuses and for "violations of international humanitarian law that have resulted in the loss of lives, and internal displacements as well as refugees along the borders in neighboring nations."

The statement was released more than two months after the signing of a peace agreement for South Sudan, and as the United Nations reported that the number of people who have been forced from their homes in the young country has passed the one million mark.
Internally displaced people carry water from outside as they walk toward the entrance of a United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan base in Malakal, Feb. 6, 2014.Internally displaced people carry water from outside as they walk toward the entrance of a United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan base in Malakal, Feb. 6, 2014.
Internally displaced people carry water from outside as they walk toward the entrance of a United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan base in Malakal, Feb. 6, 2014.
Internally displaced people carry water from outside as they walk toward the entrance of a United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan base in Malakal, Feb. 6, 2014.

The U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said last week that 803,200 people have been displaced inside South Sudan and 254,600 have fled to neighboring countries.

The Western nations and E.U. expressed "concern at the dire humanitarian situation" and urged all parties to urgently allow humanitarian organizations unhindered access to populations in need.

The statement also called on the warring parties to take part in peace talks in Addis Ababa, mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD). Western governments were "deeply concerned" by violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on Jan. 23, which called for an immediate halt to all fighting, it said.

The cessation of hostilities pact has been violated numerous times since it was signed, with each side blaming the other for the breaches.

Tens of thousands of people are thought to have died in the conflict in South Sudan, which broke out on Dec. 15.

The statement by the troika is available here.

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by: Kuanynom-Dholic from: juba
April 04, 2014 1:02 PM
The West in general and British in particular are the ones who are triggering this conflict using their security agents in the form of charity organizations which serves only their interest. The create the war inorder to get chance of interfering with the resources of such countries which is the case here in South Sudan and DRC Congo. The sized weapons were meant for fueling the already devastating conflict .

by: mula Gheu from: Uganda
April 02, 2014 1:49 PM
What a heck???? This conflict is between china and U.S

by: Deng Tut from: Akobo
April 01, 2014 5:31 AM
Who the hell are they condemning these foolish white people of creating a big messed and try to condemned who?
Riak Machar is also a foolish man for accepting decision which was made by Western Countries and promised America to in-charge oilfield in his government.
Let UNMISS, EU, USA and others countries stop their running mouth of condemning our rights.
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by: Alberto from: Juba
April 01, 2014 9:16 AM
Un are you coming here to support rebells/you are here to concentrated with government

by: Mario Manyuon from: Nairobi, Kenya
April 01, 2014 5:24 AM
They Western Countries should not interfere in our own affairs because UNMISS is funeral death to us. They should not take any side from Government or Rebel side because war has been addicted in the heart of South Sudanese. They Western shouldn't warn our government and they are pushing sanction against us.
If they are unable to solve the issue, please leave us alone and this problem will finish once and for all.
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by: NC from: US
April 02, 2014 10:51 PM
What the western nations and UNMISS are doing now for peace is awesome. They dont need to leave us alone, because we dont know how to solve the problem, only to increase it. They will not take sides, they will only be judging what will be the best for the nation of South Sudan. Saying that the UNMISS is a funeral of death to us is totally wrong, we ourselves are conducting our own funeral. There is no way that we will get rid of this situation because inviting our neighbors like Uganda, while they don't know what is happening, is ridiculous, because they are coming into the war for their own business- not to solve the problem. I am so greatful to God that He is using His people, UNMISS and Western Nations. I am hopeful that they will complete their mission in whatever way God directs them into. Also, the situation in South Sudan is something that they can't get themselves out of, because this is just like the Holocaust, when there were 6 million Jews killed solely because they were Jewish. It didn't end untill other countries (Russia, US, UK) intervened. How can they solve the problem themselves (Kiir only killing thousands and thousands of Nuer even though he denies it by saying it's a government issue) if this problem won't be helped from other countries? If this is a government issue, why would he kill only one tribe? Plus, Kiir needs to be advised to allow freedom of speech and let the media be available instead of covering up things. This wor;d is about technology, there is nothing that should be hidden.

by: Human Eaters from: Juba
April 01, 2014 5:13 AM
The Western Countries created the problem and try to solving it which take long step to finish.
The Obama administration don't want Africa and Arab world to be stable because of rich resources we have will not reach or not steal it from us. I want UNMISS and others peacekeeping forces to got the hell out of our country so that we may sort out our problem alone.

by: Chibak mum from: Australia
March 31, 2014 9:38 PM
My responsibilities permit me little time for such pleasurable activities as being amongst thinkers and intellectuals like you and the members of the East African body mediating the current peace talks.. I wish to express my appreciation to the Ugandan president, who has been strong in his support of the people of South Sudan and sought to bring stability to our young nation.
We, as South Sudanese around the world and back home, must not give into this Evil temptation that came to our brand new country. Please, I ask you to pray a to almighty God to bring peace to South Sudan, and for our leaders and all Citizens within South Sudan and people of the diaspora to be strongly committed to and supportive of the peace process that is required to save our new nation country.
When we take a look at the conflicts prevailing across the globe, a common denominator emerges into view. Often, the cause of all armed or violent conflicts appears. to stem from demands by various communities living within states for the recognition of their own specific identities – ethnic, linguistic or religious and in South Sudan I think these same things are happening now. In our county that is just two years old country, South Sudan, I strongly believe we share so much, both ethnic and religious. We must not

return to what it was like before, under Khartoum. It is important to note that the neglect of the aspirations of different groups of peoples living within states, transform themselves into demands often expressed through violent means, but given who we are in South Sudan, we must not let this happen.
Historical wrongs have been exploited by self-seeking groups to create what we call “Dinka and Nuer conflict” today. We should be wary of America and others who use such language for to further their own goals. It is politically very dangerous and only inflames the situation as it is increasingly used by groups seeking to establish their separate identities.
The vast majority of humans, like you and me, reject with total disgust the politics of Dinka and Nuer. “tribal conflict” Whatever may be the perceived injustice the tribe responds to, we know that violence would in no way offer the slightest solution to any issue and will exacerbate it to the point, sometimes of no return. The South Sudan government is making serious efforts at resolving a conflict that has arisen from the demands of few people.
In order to achieve this we have now embarked upon a bold experiment in South Sudan. We are engaging one of the world's most ruthless and anti-democratic organizations which employs violent rebel in south Sudan in a process of dialogue and negotiations in the search for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
We have chosen this path because we believe in life, because we believe in humanity; because we believe that even the most unreasonable looking leadership by violence or formed rebel, must sometime reassume their humanity. We do not believe that any problem could be resolved through the destruction of life, the protection of which in the last count, is the only moral justification for the existence of all human institutions. i strongly believe South Sudan one day will be normal peaceful country. let us give a great hope to our young nation. This message will take a look each of south sudanese in wherever they are. thank you all.

by: David from: U.S.A
March 31, 2014 5:42 PM
Wouldn't it be wise if we all should understand that S.Sudan do not have capacity to handle their own problems. Wouldn't it be nice for African to appreciate Western generosity? Lets face it, s. Sudan Cannot function with receiving money from western world. The young country decide to have china for building and drilling oil, where is China while the country is in much need of help? In China right common S. Sudan do not just reject some one who is always there for you.Dismiss the man who only to for his benefit.
In common sense opinion, E.U and U.S should mount not just a pressure but enough sanction to S.Sudan till this careless leaders should think about the country not their own wealth.

by: kon james from: juba
March 31, 2014 11:36 AM
the what called international community is suppose to keep itself away from Africa affairs. and handed all African cases to African organization such as igad and Au. the wise man said. " one man's rebels is another man's freedom fighters. that mean the south Sudan rebels are international community's freedom fighters.

by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
March 31, 2014 4:26 AM
What's the point for just condemnations and expressions of concern.
We do expect Europeans to do more decent actions than uttering empty political statements.

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