Edmund Yakani: IGAD must address the isolation of civil society in Khartoum talks

Posted: July 1, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in CEPO, Junub Sudan

Press release: The government of the Sudan and IGAD must allow the full participation of the South Sudanese civil society leaders in the Khartoum round of the IGAD-led HLRF

Yakani of CEPO

Sunday, July 1, 2018 (PW) — Up today morning the fate of civil society, women, business community and the faith-based group will have direct participation on the table of HLRF is not clear.

No official communication from IGAD or Sudan government leadership to us. It seems we are brought to just stay in a hotel and finally get back to Juba.

Personally as Mr. Edmund Yakani, one of the civil society delegate, if today IGAD and Sudan Government failed to communicate to us officially till 12 pm about our fate of direct participation in the peace talks, I will be booking a flight back to Juba.

The act going on about our isolation is totally undermining of the role of civil society in public affairs.

The decisions made around the peace talks are directly affecting ourselves. On-going violence is not only affecting the political and military leader.

It affects our lives directly. So the voices saying that issues os security should be left to military people is not logical.

Today without clear communication from IGAD and Sudan government I will return home tomorrow.

We are not for tourism on the expenses of our people suffering. Our ignorance is a clear demonstration of ignoring the principle of inclusive participation of South Sudanese in their issues.

Regards

Edmund Yakani

Executive Director, CEPO

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