Archive for December 29, 2017

By Samuel Reech Mayen, Juba, South Sudan

street kids

The number of homeless children in the South Sudanese capital has more than doubled since 2009

December 29, 2017 (SSB) — Kids are the flowers which beautify a community. They are the source of happiness which lights human souls. Above all, kids are the definition of a brighter future for every society. In short, they are the most valuable assets of every nation. The children across South Sudan are not exceptional. They mean what this country will look like after hundred years from now.

It’s this irrefutable belief which urged the international community to encode the principles of child protection in the variety of instruments. Echoed by every nation, the Transitional Constitution, 2011 of the Republic of South Sudan article (17) (1 – 4) inclusive provides for the Rights of the Child. In summary, it stipulates the protection and development of a child in all aspects of life.

The Child Act, 2008 put the preceding constitutional rights in nutshell. Section six (6) of the very Act literally states all decision regarding kid ought to be in their best interest. Sadly, these provisions appear to be mere ornaments which decorate our legal instruments for there are no legal modalities to enforce them.


Death penalty should not be abolished in South Sudan: a response to the minister of justice and constitutional affairs, Paulino Wanawila Unango

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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December 29, 2017 (SSB) — In the article that was published on the front page of Juba Monitor on Tuesday, December 05, 2017, entitled: DEATH PENALTY: To be abolished. In that Article the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Paulino Wanawila Unango was reported to have revealed that the application of death penalty in South Sudan would soon be abolished and compensation shall be used as a means of solving disputes involving murder cases.

The reasons for the Minister wanted the death penalty abolished as were given by the reporter were: that it was not priority of the government of South Sudan to use death penalty; that death penalty was something that was not in the culture of South Sudanese; that though death penalty was to be abolished there would be other penalties. The Minister as the reporter pointed out tried to justify his assertion on the abolition of the death penalty on the ground that “in South Sudan, every case of legal dispute including causing the death of somebody was being resolved through compensatory procedure “which should be maintained.


For Immediate Release: Organized forces conducted unwarranted search in Gen. Paul Malong Awan House in Malualkon

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Gen. Paul Malong arriving in Nairobi, Kenya

December 29, 2017 (SSB) — On the afternoon of December 28, 2017, a contingent of organized forces, composed of elements from the SPLA and National Security Services raided our compound in Malualkon and conducted the unwarranted search.

From the eye-witnesses account, these troops arrived in three pick-up trucks. Upon disembarking, the troops cordon off the perimeter of the property and proceed to order every out of the houses except one of our brothers whom they asked to accompany them as they search the premises. After the search, the left the premises without taking anything!