Appeal to UN Secretary General and UN Security Council to put pressure on South Sudan government for immediate release of SPLA/M IO Members.
Dear President of United Nations Security Council,
By Lt. General Wesley Welebe Samson
Deputy Chief of Staff for Training
SPLA/M IO Headquarters
Aug 15, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— As you very well know, in November 2016 Comrade James Gatdet was deported and handed over to South Sudan government by Kenyan authorities after being accused for praising UN Secretary General for dismissing UNMISS Force Commander who happened to be a Kenyan. Till today, he has not been released or taken to court. His where about remains unknown. On January 23, 2016, Comrade Dong Samuel was kidnapped in Kenya and taken to Juba. Again on January 24, 2016, Comrade Agrey Idri Ezibon was also kidnapped. Both men were taken to Juba in South Sudan upon orders of President Salva Kiir and his deputy Taban Deng Gai. Till today, the where about of the two men remains unknown. I am therefore appealing to UN Secretary General and UN Security Council to put pressure on South Sudan President Salva Kiir to immediately release these three gentlemen as they have no case to answer. Their illegal detention and or disappearance is against international human rights and rule of law. I also appeal to you to put pressure on South Sudan President to release all those who have been arrested and illegally detained for being supporters of SPLA/M IO.
I also appeal to UN Security Council to talk to the Government of The Republic of South Sudan and South Sudan President to urgently stop the war take the following lines of action so as to bring lasting peace to the suffering people of South Sudan:-
- SPLA/M IG and the entire South Sudanese government, must go back to Addis Ababa for another round of peace talks, recommit itself to immediate permanent ceasefire, agree to revive and review the 2015 peace agreement with full participation and inclusion of all warring and political parties and start a new genuine implementation of the signed Peace Agreement, beginning with the following points:-
- Total demilitarization of Juba
- Immediate formation, training and deployment of Joint Integrated police to Juba town and other contested towns as per the signed peace agreement.
- Stop operationalization of the thirty two States with immediate effect and form a committee to look into this matter as per the previous IGAD Communiqué
- Immediate establishment of cantonment sites for all SPLA/M IO forces in Equatoria and other towns of South Sudan and provision of all needed logistics for them.
- Reconstitute the parliament and allow the Equatorians to choose a Speaker of their choice without any further manipulation and intimidation as stipulated in the signed peace agreement.
- Reconstitute/establish all institutions of governance as stipulated in the signed Peace Agreement
- Start reform process of all institutions of governance as stipulated in the signed Peace Agreement, beginning with Security Sector Reform.
- Recall all ambassadors, South Sudan Representatives to the United Nations and appoint new ones jointly with other parties as stipulated in the signed Peace Agreement, taking into account tribal, geographical and regional balancing.
- Allow immediate and speedy deployment of a regional, neutral protection force to Juba and other disputed towns in South Sudan, so as to facilitate quick return of the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar back to Juba to assume his responsibilities and continue with the implementation of the signed Peace Agreement. Remember that, there will be no peace in South Sudan without full involvement and participation of Dr. Riek Machar and SPLA/M IO Forces under his command, since we control most parts of South Sudan. His immediate release and full participation in the South Sudan peace process will surely bring lasting peace in our country.
- Stop wasting money on the current national dialogue as this dialogue will not stop the war and bring lasting peace in South Sudan
- Remove military from all roadblocks and check points in the Country and replace them with new trained police, so as to allow free movement of goods and people in and out of the country.
- Lift the state of emergency and allow people leaving the country to go without unnecessary security investigation and clearance.
- Release all individuals who are arrested because of having connections with SPLA/M IO and order the security forces not to arrest, torture or kill any civilians or loot their properties.
- All those who have lost their properties be compensated so that they can rebuild themselves and start a new life.
- Let the military be withdrawn from the SPLA/M IO base at Jebel, so that this base can be rehabilitated before the return of the First Vice President and his forces.
- Dismiss the current so called First Vice President Mr. Taban Deng Gai as he is the real obstacle to any peace agreement and has no control over SPLA/M IO Forces. He is no longer a member of SPLA/M IO and has no SPLA/M IO Forces under his command. He is now part of South Sudan government and uses South Sudan Army to fight SPLA/M IO forces. Therefore, anything to do with SPLA/M IO should not involve him.
- Increase and pay regular salaries of all government employees, who have now stayed six months without pay and are suffering with their families, instead wasting South Sudanese money and civil servants salaries to finance the war.
- The government must stop use of relief food as a weapon against the people of South Sudan. As I write to you now, civilians who are living in SPLA/M IO controlled areas are prevented from receiving any humanitarian assistance from UN and other humanitarian agencies. NGO working in South Sudan are not allowed to operate in SPLA/M IO controlled areas. This is a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law.
Your excellency, in case the Government of the Republic of South Sudan refuses to take all the above mentioned actions, so as to bring lasting peace to the suffering people of South Sudan, I call upon UN Security Council to impose Sanctions , including arms embargo, assets freeze and travel ban on the government of South Sudan, or demand resignation of President Salva, so as to force them to come to genuine negotiation table and sign a new, all inclusive, genuine peace agreement with all warring parties and opposition groups, so as to end the long suffering of the innocent people of South Sudan.
Lt. General Wesley Welebe Samson
Deputy Chief of Staff for Training
SPLA/M IO Headquarters
August 14, 2017