The South Sudan Army (SPLA) Offensive in the Shilluk Kingdom amounts to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity
Petition from Concerned Members of Chollo Community in the Diaspora
February 13, 2017
His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General
Office of the Secretary General of United Nations
885 Second Avenue New York, NY 10017, USA
Your Excellency Mr. António Guterres:
Feb 15, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— We the undersigned concerned members of the Shilluk (Chollo) community in the Diaspora strongly condemn the Government of South Sudan for its deliberate attacks on civilians, hospitals and clinics, and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Wau Shilluk, Kodok and Kuek of Upper Nile State in South Sudan. In these recent attacks, the government of South Sudan and its foreign mercenary fighters occupied these towns, and deliberately targeted Chollo civilians and executed many simply because of their ethnicity. We strongly condemn these wanton killings of innocent civilians whether they are taking place in the Chollo Kingdom or anywhere in South Sudan. These ethnically-motivated killings by the Government of South Sudan has forced thousands of Chollo civilians to flee their homes in Wau Shilluk, Lelo, Detang, Bukieny, Pamath Owachi, Tonga, Panyikang, Kodok and Kuek.
The South Sudan tribal army (SPLA) along with its hired mercenaries has engaged in activities which have, at the very least, been bordering on genocide of a magnitude comparable to Rwanda and Srebrenica. They have committed widespread ethnic cleansing of Chollo civilians and burned down their villages by perpetrating a deliberate and indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilians, hospitals, clinics and camps inhabited by IDPs. These actions are barbarous violations of International Humanitarian Law and are being carried out against the backdrop of stark warnings by numerous organizations, including the UN, of a looming genocide.
We therefore strongly urge the International Community to intervene immediately by launching an investigation and holding the government of South Sudan and its foreign military allies in this war accountable for their continuous mass atrocities committed in Shilluk land against innocent civilians. We would like to appeal to humanitarian relief agencies to provide urgent medical aid to those innocent Chollo civilians all across the Shilluk Kingdom of Upper Nile states, who are in desperate need of humanitarian aid especially in and around the town of Kodhok. Our sources have confirmed that Kodhok, which shelters thousands of IDPs was the latest target of Juba’s continuous indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombardment. Humanitarian organizations are being prevented from reaching helpless and defenceless civilian populations so that they can provide much needed food and medicine. Thousands of men, women and children are being murdered daily. And when they’re not being murdered, they are starving to death. The conditions of Chollo civilians who were forced out of different areas as a result of Juba’s scorched-earth campaign are horrible.
We are calling upon the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to condemn this criminal act by the Government of South Sudan and to stop the targeting of civilians and allow them to have access to humanitarian reliefs. We urge the UN and the Human Rights Council to investigate this matter and to record all violations of International Human Rights Law, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed by the South Sudan Government against Chollo civilians in Upper Nile State to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable. The UNSC should impose targeted sanctions on South Sudanese officials who are involved in the war crimes and other gross crimes. South Sudan Government’s shelling and aerial bombardments of Chollo civilians using barrel bombs are crimes against humanity.
We, the Concerned members of the Chollo Community in the Diaspora appeal to IGAD, AU, US, UK, NORWAY, European Union and the international community at large to exert high-level political pressure on the South Sudanese government to force it to permanently stop the violence and bring peace to the region. We respectfully call upon the UN Security Council and the international community to do the following:
- Condemn the crimes against humanity committed by the Government of South Sudan and its mercenaries who are bombing innocent Chollo civilians in Upper Nile State.
- Provide protection and humanitarian aid for those civilians who are displaced and wounded.
- Establish a no-fly zone in the Upper Nile State of South Sudan to prevent indiscriminate shelling and bombing of civilians in the Chollo Kingdom.
- Bring to justice those perpetrators responsible for the deliberate killing and targeting of civilians.
- Support efforts to bring about conflict resolution and peaceful settlement of the ongoing conflict and firmly enforce the outcome for an enduring peace in South Sudan.
Thank you for hearing us out.
Signed by Concerned Members of Chollo Community in the Diaspora
- George Akuey-USA
- Peter Karol-USA
- Jwothab Othow-USA
- John Ojur Dennis – Malaysia
- Paul Achot – UK
- Paulo Kwajakwan – Australia
- Shan Aba Nyakwol-USA
- Omai Othow Dewin-USA
- Yusus Ayuol Nawi-USA
- Vivian Nyidhok- UK
- Lucia Peter –USA
- Chayo Nyawello- Canada
- Aban Obwony-USA
- Suzan Achol Joseph – UK
- Ayul Michael – UK
- Samuel Nyikang Adwok – Spain
- Jeibeni Nyajwok- Canada
- Catharine Yomon-USA
- Kimàjowk Patrick Chol- Canada
- Sabino Diok-Canada
- William Lual-Canada
- Kristina Peter Pagan- Canada
- Phillip Deng – Canada
- Ana James Aban-Canada
- Domanic Ding-Canada
- Linda Akoj-Canada
- Micheal Dak- Canada
- Samuel Otong-Canada
- Cecilia Adong-Canada
- Gano Laa-Canada
- Konyajwok James-Canada
- Nasir George-Canada
- Simon Pagan Ajak-Sweden
- Yoanes Nyago KaralAkol- Finland
- Nyikang Akij Nejok-Denmark