Threats against CSOs derail South Sudan dialogue
From RAJIR BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – THREATS and harassment against some civil society members who met a United Nations Security Council delegation to South Sudan have brought to question the sincerity of government to dialogue aimed at ending strife in the world’s newest country.
Members of the civil society have raised concern their safety was threatened following the meetings in Juba where the UN team visited amid the hostilities between forces of the government Salva Kiir and rebel groups.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) expressed concern at the threats.
A spokesperson said the reported actions were in violation of the rights to freedom of expression, movement and civil and political engagement, which were fundamental pillars of a democratic society.
“Any attempt to suppress these rights through threats and harassment must be condemned in no uncertain terms.”
UNMISS said their concerns would be raised with relevant authorities.
South Sudan has experienced deadly crisis since independence from Sudan in 2011.
A power struggle between Kiir and his deputy, Riek Machar, over allegations the latter was planning coup sparked mayhem.
Some 300 000 people have been estimated killed and 400 000 fled the country.
Over 1 million have been displaced internally.
– CAJ News
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