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South Sudan Won’t Arrest Sudan’s President Al-Bashir

Posted: March 15, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Alex Johnston
March 15, 2012

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir attends the opening of the Connect Arab Summit in Doha on March 6, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite there being an International Criminal Court warrant out for his arrest over war crimes, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will not be arrested in South Sudan when he arrives there later this year.

Bashir, who has been in power for the past three decades, is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide committed in the Darfur region. He was the first head of state to receive an arrest warrant from The Hague-based court, but he has been able to travel to different countries without much problem.

Pagan Amum, the South’s head negotiator with Sudan, said that while he is aware of Bashir’s status with the ICC, the country will not hand him over “because we have problems to settle first,” reported the Sudan Tribune.

South Sudan, a country that declared independence last year, also does not hold membership with the ICC. However, due to its membership in the United Nations, it is obligated to arrest Bashir.

Bashir is heading to the South as part of a framework agreement that both sides signed earlier this week in Ethiopia. The agreement encompasses the settlement of outstanding border and citizen issues.

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South Sudanese Women with PhD (or Masters). 

When South Sudanese questioned the President for marrying off his daughter to a foreigner, he demanded to know why they were making noise when none of the young South Sudanese men had come forward to ask his daughter for marriage.

But now it appears it is not only marriageable men who are the endangered species in South Sudan. According to President Kiir, there are also not enough qualified women for ambassadorial positions. During the swearing in ceremony of the recently appointed South Sudanese Ambassadors, President Kiir claimed that there were not enough qualified South Sudanese women to take up the constitutionally mandated 25% of the ambassadorial positions:

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit confessed, he was unable to find enough women to fill the gap among the new ambassadors. He repeated the commitment of the SPLM to empower women.”

That statement from the President is highly misplaced because South Sudan has a good number of women with PhD to fill the required 25%. For example, we have:

Dr. Julia Aker Dwany, Dr. Laura Nyantung Ahang, Dr. Pauline Riak, Dr. Jane Edward, Dr. Salwa Beriberi, etc 

Please add any name of a South Sudanese female with either a PhD or Masters (with the school if possible).

Thanks,

PaanLuel Wel.