The Citizen (Juba)

26 April 2012

Sudan: Human Rights Commission Calls On IGAD to Mediate in Nations Conflict

South Sudan Human Rights Commission is appealing to African Union to consider the role of Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD to substitute High level Implementation Panel AUHLIP in mediating between South Sudan and Sudan in their conflicts.

The deputy chairperson of the commission Biel Jack Thich said IGAD is the best partner to champion negation of the two countries because of vast experience they have in the two Sudan affairs.

IGAD spearheaded mediation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement CPA between the Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the Sudan Government of NCP.

He said the weakness of the AUHLIP to pressure the two parties to implement remaining CPA protocols led them to go back to conflict.

"IGAD should be given time to accomplish its mission of bringing total solution to Sudan's problem because we believe that it can carry heavy weight internationally than AUHLIP," Biel commented.

He blamed the AU for having not taken any action when Sudan government carried out intensive indiscriminate aerial bombardment in Unity and parts of Upper Nile states, targeting mainly civilians as a result many innocent lives especially women and children were lost.

The commission has discovered that citizens of South Sudan living in Sudan have been subjected to mistreatment, inhuman conduct such as burning down their houses in Sennar, looting of their properties as well as torturing of South Sudanese inmates in some prisons.

Meanwhile SSHRC in strongest term condemned act of aggression by the Sudan against the citizens of South Sudan along the border area which has amounted to violation of international law.

"Whereas we in the SSHRC expressed deep concern over the violations of the right to live, shelter and property of the innocent citizens, we called upon the International Community to engage with the Sudan and South Sudan to hold a cease-fire and get back to diplomatic talks in Addis Ababa to resolve the remaining issues through dialogue," Biel suggested.

Biel urged the international community and the United Nations at large to pressure on Khartoum government to unconditionally stop aerial bombardment and killing of innocent civilians and immediate creation of buffer zone between South Sudan and Sudan as well as allow immediate access for international humanitarian organizations to deliver assistance to the displaced civilians who are affected by the fighting.

The commission further called on the International Community to practically involve and settle the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan once and for all without any bias, so as to minimize the continuing chain of violation of human rights and international law.

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