Archive for September 20, 2011

Human rights in Sudan and South Sudan remain precarious, UN expert warns

Posted: September 20, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

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Amb. Francis Nazario (left) of South Sudan and Amb. Abdel Rahman Dhirar of Sudan at the Human Rights Council

20 September 2011 – The human rights situation remains precarious in Sudan and newly independent South Sudan, a United Nations independent expert said today, calling for full fundamental freedoms in the former and concrete steps to protect civilians in violence-torn parts of the latter.

“The human rights situation in Sudan remains fraught with challenges, particularly the full realization of political and civil rights,” the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Sudan, Mohamed Chande Othman, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, citing freedom of expression and association, press censorship and the confiscation of media assets and reports of people being held without charge for long periods.

“Once again, I wish to call upon the Government of Sudan to reform the National Security Service, including the current legal framework under which it operates, so that it fully encompasses human rights principles and the rule of law.”

He noted the recent fighting in Southern Kordofan state between Government forces and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army – North (SPLA-N), with alleged abuses committed by both sides, including summary killings, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and the displacement of more than 70,000 civilians.

While voicing pleasure at a drop in overall violence in the Darfur region of western Sudan, where up to 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and 2.7 million others displaced in more than eight years of fighting between Government forces and various rebel groups, Mr. Othman expressed concern at the continuing prevalence of impunity for serious crimes.

In a preliminary report last month the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the former UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), called for a thorough investigation into violations of international law in the state which it said could, if substantiated, amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes.

Turning to South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July, Mr. Othman cited the killing of hundreds of civilians in inter-communal violence, with 640 civilians dying last month in a single incident between two feuding tribes in Jonglei state, in what has degenerated into a retaliatory spiral of attacks.

“These long-standing patterns of localized violence are likely to continue unless the Government of South Sudan takes concrete measures to protect civilians and address the widespread impunity and lack of accountability, the central cause of the conflict,” he said.

“The Government of South Sudan now has the opportunity to build a democratic and prosperous country founded on the principles of the rule of law and human rights,” he added, calling on the international community to provide the necessary assistance.

Sudan’s representative Mahmad Bushara Sousa said his country was a developing nation going through a post-conflict period and had given what it could, with all its actions falling within the framework of attempting to improve the situation of human rights.

South Sudan’s representative Francis Nazario said technical support and capacity building were needed the most to protect human rights and build national institutions for this.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39633&Cr=sudan&Cr1=


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Southern Sudanese police officers on the streets of Juba

20 September 2011 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today welcomed the statement of the country’s Government that it had taken action against police officers who were responsible for an assault against a UN member of staff last month.

Benedict Sannoh, the head of UNMISS’ human rights section, was severely beaten by police officers in a hotel in the country’s capital, Juba, on 20 August. He sustained injuries when he was punched and kicked as he lay on the floor and was subsequently detained for several hours.

The South Sudanese Government today announced that two officers involved in the assault had been suspended on allegations of using excessive force, and that four other policemen had been punished for their role in the assault.

“I welcome the steps taken by the Government. This incident was completely unacceptable and a clear violation of the Status of Forces Agreement with the Republic of South Sudan,” said Hilde F. Johnson, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan.

“I have previously raised this issue at the highest levels of Government. I am encouraged that today we have seen the Government take measures against those responsible,” she added.

Ms. Johnson said UNMISS had also welcomed the Government’s reassurance that such actions would not happen again, adding that the mission was ready to assist the Government to uphold the values of the UN and provide human rights training to its security personnel.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39628&Cr=south+sudan&Cr1=

China beating U.S. to South Sudan oil market

Posted: September 20, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY

No country was as intimately involved as the United States in making certain that South Sudan’s secession went off smoothly earlier this summer, and the birth of the new nation is expected to be a point of celebration at this week’s meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

But when President Obama and South Sudan President Salva Kiir sit down for the first time on the sidelines at the U.N. on Wednesday, they’re also expected to discuss South Sudan’s oil market and U.S. companies conspicuous absence from the marketplace.

Since South Sudan declared independence in July, it’s China — an ally of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir — that’s been the most active in forging a way into South Sudan’s flush oil market. China has already dispatched its foreign minister to the capital of Juba, and is preparing to welcome Kiir for a visit at the end of the year.

But Sudan remains under U.S. sanctions, complicating American companies getting into the South Sudan market. Princeton Lyman, President Obama’s special envoy to Sudan, said since the two countries’ oil industries are so interconnected — sharing a pipeline and other infrastructure — it has been impossible for U.S. oil companies to enter the market now dominated by Chinese, Indian and Malaysian companies.

“I’m sure we’re going to open that door, but the rules of the game are still being worked out and that is very frustrating to the South because they want American oil companies there,” Lyman told reporters.

The long running north-south civil war, which claimed about 2 million lives before officially ending in 2005 with the signing of a peace agreement, effectively left Bashir and his government in Khartoum isolated on the world stage. Oil-hungry China, however, continued to do business with the Bashir regime as the rest of the world shunned Sudan.

But Lyman said that China saw the handwriting on the wall and began laying the groundwork to build a relationship with Juba while maintaining its relationship with Khartoum.

“The South’s attitude is: “Fine, What are you offering? What are you going to do for us,’ ” Lyman said. “They see those companies as helpful in keeping the north from retaliating against the (two-countries shared) pipeline or something like that. I don’t get the sense they’re against working with countries that are working with the north.”

Ultimately, Congress — which remains deeply suspicious of Bashir — would have to approve any relaxation of sanctions.

In the meantime, the Treasury Department has begun to review areas where it may be possible to engage South Sudan’s oil industry without violating sanctions. Lyman said the U.S. government will also host a conference in Washington this fall to promote private investment in South Sudan.

“They’re hungry for American investment,” Lyman said.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/09/china-beating-us-to-south-sudan-oil-market/1?csp=34news


Oil companies in South Sudan face numerous illegal checkpoints and tax collection units that have emerged along the roads.

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South Sudan’s minister of Petroleum and Mining, Mr Stephen Dhieu, said there are delays and inefficiencies the firms in oilfields face when importing equipment including generators and fuel.

“They are complaining of the multiple taxes along the road from North Sudan to the oilfields,” said Mr Dhieu.

“This, because the roadblocks and checkpoints, hurt the smooth flow. It delays these investors,” he added.

South Sudan’s income is 98 per cent funded by oil.

Any interruption on crude oil production or delay has adverse effect on the nation’s fledgling economy.

The numerous checkpoints and taxation units are a new strain on oil extraction and export for South Sudan since Independence this year.

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Sudan and the splinter South Sudan are yet to agree on the fees to be paid for the new country to use the pipelines that run from oil fields to the export point in Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

Before Sudan split on July 9, more than one-quarter of its crude oil came from oil fields in the South, but the infrastructure was based in the North.

http://www.nation.co.ke/business/news/South+Sudan+oil+firms+decry+illegal+taxes+/-/1006/1239858/-/13bmqaiz/-/

Salva Kiir donates $50,000 to South Sudanese students in Uganda

Posted: September 20, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Online Reporter

The President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit has donated USD 50,000 (sh135m) to the South Sudanese students Union in Uganda.

The President�s donation was delivered by the Sudanese minister of Higher Education Science and Technology Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba at function where Sudanese students in Kampala celebrated the Independence of the world�s new nation.

In a speech read for him, the President appealed to the huge number of South Sudanese students gathered at "Wonder World" over the weekend to shun tribalism.

The minister also urged the youth to lead in the process of discarding repugnant traditional practices such as cattle rustling which lead to the death of many youth.

He called on the youth to be at the forefront of reconciliation and nationalism among their communities so as to build a better Republic of South Sudan.

Dr. Adwok also encouraged the idle South Sudanese youth in Uganda to go back home and pursue education in any of the country’s five universities – University of Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile University, Dr John Garang Memorial University, University of Juba and Rumbek University.

Meanwhile the Student Union’s President Abraham Thon Chagai presented the challenges which the students are facing in Uganda.

Some of these include delay in remission of tuition fees and other financial problems. He said that the donation of President Kiir will go a long way to helping alleviate some of these problems.

The celebration was also attended by several South Sudanese dignitaries in Uganda.

http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/765542

South Sudan shuts down illegal border checkpoints

Posted: September 20, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

A street in Juba, South Sudan. Illegal checkpoints along the borders of Africa’s newest state are blamed for the rising prices of goods in the country, which depends on imports from neighbours. PHOTO | AFP |

By MACHEL AMOS in JubaPosted Tuesday, September 20 2011 at 11:53

personnel have been accused severally of extorting cash from traders.

Deputy interior minister Salva Mathok Geng said 13 such unauthorised points where even goods on transit were being heavily "taxed" have been closed down across the country in an effort to curb skyrocketing market prices.

The move follows a meeting of the ministerial Economic Cluster committee over a week ago.

A select committee earlier established by President Salva Kiir to ascertain allegations of inflated and multiple taxes at the borders reported that there were 44 authorised and 65 unauthorised taxation units across the country.

The committee recommended the establishment of an independent Revenue Authority, elimination of illegal tax collecting units from all border entries and checkpoints and the harmonisation of the system of tax collections between the national and state levels.

It also pushed for the establishment of a mechanism for screening and licensing of clearing agencies and encouragement of the establishment of bank branches at international borders for direct deposits and wire transfers, among others.

“The unnecessary taxes have been increasing the prices of the final goods,” said Mr Mathok, noting that individuals found defying the order would be subjected to the strong arm of the law.

Rising rapidly

"We must do everything within the law and not otherwise and we will monitor all of these."

Food and fuel prices have been rising rapidly in the young economy which relies solely on imports from East Africa and her erstwhile partner – Sudan.

The move, if implemented fully, would reduce unnecessary taxes levied on goods at the common entry points mainly from Uganda and Kenya and subsequently lower the prices.

Multiple taxes and high food prices have recently been comfortable scapegoats for political scores among the opposition, with the government using its low-digit age in office as a convenient excuse.

However, the biggest opposition party in parliament, the splinter Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Democratic Change, suffered a heavy blow after its strong cadres, led by the party secretary general quit, accusing the chairman of developing an armed military wing.

"Our chairman has been working against the independence of South Sudan. He did not want it to come under the SPLM. Now he is insisting on a paramilitary wing,” the said former secretary general, Sandra Bona Malwal.
Party chair and former foreign minister for Sudan, Dr Lam Akol, declined to comment although he reportedly dismissed as lies the allegations of a paramilitary wing.
Ms Malwal is the second secretary general to quit the party after disagreeing with Dr AKol on the alleged military wing since the party was formed in 2009.

http://www.africareview.com/News/South+Sudan+shuts+down+border++extortion++points/-/979180/1239526/-/xedxh1z/-/

Wonderful Discovery: How water bottles create cheap lighting in Philippines

Posted: September 20, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

18 September 2011

Watch the video:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14967535

A simple initiative in the Philippines is bringing a bit of brightness into the lives of the country’s poorest people.

The project is called “Litre of Light”, and the technology involved is just a plastic bottle filled with water.

It’s an environmentally-friendly alternative to an electric light bulb, and it’s virtually free.

The BBC’s Kate McGeown reports from Manila.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14967535

South Sudan among the middle income countries?????

Posted: September 20, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

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Talk at Johns Hopkins – SAIS- “South Sudan in the Post-CPA Era”

Posted: September 20, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Johns Hopkins – SAIS-African Studies Program Presents:
“South Sudan in the Post-CPA Era: Prospects and Challenges”

Speakers: Christopher Zambakari (Northeastern University) and Jok Madut Jok (U.S. Institute of Peace)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
4:30-6:00 pm
Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

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Christopher Zambakari, B.S./MBA

Doctoral Student in Law & Policy
Northeastern University (Boston)

Board Member, UCP-SARnet
http://ucpsarnet.asu.edu
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/christopher-zambakari/a/312/ba0

South Sudan Job Vacancy:

Posted: September 20, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Jobs

Please directly contact the employer if you have any questions.

To anyone of interest, please circulate the following job vacancies:

– Donor Relation Officer with Across

– Admin/Recepitionist with Umcore

– Finance Manager with SSMDF

Thanks,

Reec Akuak

Treasurer

The Southern Sudanese Community

Advocating

Advert for Receptionist and Admin. Asst.pdf
ToR for Finance Manager, Admin Assistant and Driver.pdf