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National Elections Bill 2012

SSHURSA
SOUTH SUDAN HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIETY FOR ADVOCACY
Head Office:Kololo-Tongpiny Road Plot 41 Opposite ARC International After US 
Embassy Behind Government Ministries,Juba, Republic of South Sudan
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Submission of SSHURSA on the National Elections Bill 2012,
To
The Office of the Chairperson, Legislation and Justice Committee, South Sudan 
National legislative Assembly, Juba, South Sudan
Presented By
Biel Boutros Biel
Executive Director, SSHURSA
At 
PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS BILL 2012
National Lesgislative Assembly
March 1-2, 2012,
Juba, South Sudan

National Elections Bill 2012

Sudan attempts to silence opposition news coverage
New York, March 1, 2012-Sudanese authorities must halt their efforts to silence news coverage of opposition leadership, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities have already closed three newspapers in 2012 and confiscated thousands of copies, CPJ research shows.The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) confiscated the entire print run of the independent daily Al-Tayar on February 20 after the paper printed claims by Hassan al-Turabi, head of the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) and leading critic of President Omar al-Bashir, saying the NISS had bugged his office, according to news reports. Two days later, the NISS indefinitely suspended Al-Tayar on charges of “jeopardizing national security,” news reportssaid. The newspaper frequently ran investigative stories on government corruption, its editor, Osman Mirghani, told Reuters.Also on February 20, authorities confiscated the entire print run of independent daily Al-Youm al-Tali for publishing al-Turabi’s accusations, news reports said.”By closing news outlets and seizing newspapers, President al-Bashir’s government demonstrates its continuing appetite to censor critical news coverage,” said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “The government must immediately allow the shuttered newspapers to resume operations, and it should stop its practice of seizing every newspaper edition that carries an unflattering story.”Al-Tayar is the third newspaper to be closed in the past two months, CPJ research shows. Authorities shut down Rai al-Shaab, a daily affiliated with al-Turabi’s party, after raiding its office and confiscating its print run in early January, news outlets reported. The NISS also raided the offices of another private daily, Alwan, which had published several articles in support of al-Turabi, and confiscated its print run in mid-January, news reports said.In 2011, authorities confiscated newspaper print runs on at least 19 different occasions, CPJ research shows. In each case, the authorities waited for the newspapers to be printed and then confiscated the copies before they were distributed, thus inflicting maximum financial losses.

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 Sudan/South sudan: The Ticking Time Bomb

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Dear all,

While the RSS is in the process to start the disarmament, communities in Jonglei are slaughtering themselves. Yesterday morning, the Murle community attack Jier, a district within Nyirol county. They came in good number with RPG-7, and many military weapons. The fighting took place while children and women were in the villages. They wounded many women and children and left 13 dead on spot. They took all cattle.
Similiarly, two days ago, they attack Uror county cattle camps and they fought with youth. They youth in Uror defeated them and killed seven Murle members. Its unbelievable for the government to disarm people who are being attacked in dially bases. If the other communities are disarmed and murle are not disarm because they are in bush, they will returned back and slaughter all Jonglei communities. The government should think of finding those Murle who are currently in Bush…..the SPLA Murle defectors.
The commissioner of Pibor has announced that there are no Murle men in the villages. A position clarification that the government should think about rather than telling people that you must bring your guns. Who will bring the guns of Murle? I think these two communities should be given a chance to do what they wanted; otherwise, inappropriate disarmament is not a solution…………….I believe after the Lou Nuer are disarm, and then the government will fail to protect them, it will be a biggest blast, and finding guns in South Sudan is simple. More options should be explored before the disarmaments. It would be a good thing to analysze the challenges that will happen after. If the Nuer, and Dinka are disarm, then Murle are not disarm well, what will happen? Let said the Murle turned against the community that were disarmed and slaughter and take their cattle, what would the other communities do?
Our government is not doing much. In Decemeber, they called the youth that the government will deal with Murle to bring 180 children from Lou Nuer community back and leave cattle to Murle. This agreement has not been fulfiled. The youth thought that there will be a dialogue between the communities before the disarmament take place. However, the approach made by our government in Juba has not been materialized as to bring the children back or mobilize Murle to accept peace. My fear is that when the Dink Bor, The Nuer and perhaps the Anyuak are disarm by the government, the Murle community will get a big opportunity to finish all these tribes. Government has a policy of “No internvention into tribal conflict.” Murle usually come close to the SPLA military camps and chase people around but the SPLA forces never intervent. So the question will always be, who will protect people from Murle?
Murle are in bush and the issue has been confirmed by the commissioner himself that “there are no men in the villages in Murle areas.” Now, they are even using a route to the area of Malakal. As soon as the disarmament finish, the Murle men will kill all people and this is the worse part of it because all civilians in the region will seek guns again within the limit time and then carry on offensive attack against the Murle. I would only love if the government try to use dialogue and delay the disarmament until the rainy season because Murle do not go to bush in the rainy season.
Gatkuoth

Madam Rebecca Garang and other officials declare assets and liabilities

JUBA, 2 March 2012 (NASS) – The Presidential Advisor for Gender and Human Rights, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng, ministers for Information and Broadcasting, and Water Resources and Irrigation, and the chairperson of workers trade union declared their assets and liabilities to the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday.
The declaration was made at the commission’s headquarters in the presence of its top officials.


Madam Rebecca receiving her compliance certificate.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]
After receiving the certificate of confirmation, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng said this is the time she has been waiting for because the South Sudanese need to know how the national resources are being used.
Madam Nyandeng stated that she filled all her income, assets and liabilities clearly on the form mentioning that it is all about the money she got as compensation from the plane accident that kislled her later husband and national hero Dr John Garang de Mabior.
She also condemned the rumours circulating around the country about the ownership of White Bull Company. She declared that it is not hers adding that if she is to do something for South Sudan it will not be through a beer company.


Dr Marial receiving his compliance certificate.
[Photo: Ajang MOnychol]
Meanwhile the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin urged all the ministers and top officials of the government to be transparent in the exercise saying everybody should be accountable.
At the same time, the minster for Water Resources and Irrigation, Paul Mayom Akech asserted that they will assist the commission take tougher decisions to reduce corruption vowing that they did not fight to embezzle public funds.
On his part, the chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Justice John Gatwech Lul announced that whoever fills the form without declaring all the assets and later discovered will forfeit the assets which will then be transferred into government account.


Hon Mayom waits as the Commission chair reviews his compliance documents.
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]
He as well warned the target group that once the exercise timeframe expires then automatically they will issue resignation letters to those who fail to comply.
Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)

http://www.goss.org/

press release
Juba — The Presidential Advisor for Gender and Human Rights, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng, ministers for Information and Broadcasting, and Water Resources and Irrigation, and the chairperson of workers trade union declared their assets and liabilities to the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday.
The declaration was made at the commission’s headquarters in the presence of its top officials.
After receiving the certificate of confirmation, Madam Rebecca Nyandeng said this is the time she has been waiting for because the South Sudanese need to know how the national resources are being used.
Madam Nyandeng stated that she filled all her income, assets and liabilities clearly on the form mentioning that it is all about the money she got as compensation from the plane accident that killed her later husband and national hero Dr John Garang de Mabior.
She also condemned the rumours circulating around the country about the ownership of White Bull Company. She declared that it is not hers adding that if she is to do something for South Sudan it will not be through a beer company.
Meanwhile the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin urged all the ministers and top officials of the government to be transparent in the exercise saying everybody should be accountable.
At the same time, the minster for Water Resources and Irrigation, Paul Mayom Akech asserted that they will assist the commission take tougher decisions to reduce corruption vowing that they did not fight to embezzle public funds.
On his part, the chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Justice John Gatwech Lul announced that whoever fills the form without declaring all the assets and later discovered will forfeit the assets which will then be transferred into government account.
He as well warned the target group that once the exercise
More South Sudanese officials declare income and assets

March 2, 2012 (JUBA) – More constitutional post holders in South Sudan declare their personal income and assets to the South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC) on Thursday, although like previous declarations the results were not made public.

The policy was reintroduced by a presidential decree, after the previous attempt had failed, calling on all the constitutional post holders, senior civil servants and officers from the organised forces to declare their income and assets before the 31 March. Any official who fails to submit the form before the deadline will be asked to resign.

Two weeks ago the vice president Riek Machar declared his income and assets to the commission, although his net wealth and assets have not been made public. Machar urged his colleagues to follow suit. The army’s top generals were also issued with the declaration forms and expressed their readiness to declare their wealth.

The most high profile of the latest batch of officials to declare their assets was Rebecca Nyandeng Garang de Mabior, a presidential Advisor on gender and human rights. Upon receiving a certificate on Thursday verifying she had declared all her assets and liabilities to SSACC she denied rumours that her family owns a beer company in Juba.

Speaking to reporters after receiving her certificate of declaration on Thursday, Nyandeng thanked the anti-graft commission. She said it was appropriate for officials to declare their wealth and assets so the public knew what was happening to the country’s resources.

In a statement on national television, Nyandeng explained that she filled all her income, assets and liabilities clearly. She said that most of her assets were from an insurance payout after the death of her husband the former chairman of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), John Garang de Mabior. Garang died in a helicopter crash in 2005 just weeks after becoming the first vice president of Sudan and the President of South Sudan as part of the north-South peace deal.

Nyandeng denied and condemned the rumours and allegations that she owns the White Bull Company, which makes beer. She told state TV and radio that she did not know who owned the company, stressing that if the company belonged to her family, she would have declared it like other assets she had declared.

Other officials including minister of information and broadcasting, Barnaba Marial Benjamin and water resources and irrigation, Paul Mayom Akec declared their assets at the same time.

The declaration forms are South Sudan’s latest attempt to root out corruption, which is rife in the young country. Billions of dollars of public funds have gone missing since the SPLM took power in Juba in 2005 following a peace deal with the Sudanese government in Khartoum.

In July last year South Sudan became independent but the world’s youngest country faces a host of problems including humanitarian emergencies and security issues as well as corruption.

On Thursday the chairperson of South Sudan’s workers trade and union also joined the top government officials in declaring his assets and liabilities to the SSACC.

Meanwhile the minister for information and broadcasting, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin urged all the ministers and top officials of the government to be transparent in the exercise saying everybody should be accountable.

At the same time, the minster for water resources and irrigation, Paul Mayom Akech asserted that they will assist the commission take tougher decisions to reduce corruption vowing that they did not fight to embezzle public funds.

On his part, the chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Justice John Gatwech Lulannounced that whoever fills the form without declaring all the assets and later discovered will forfeit the assets which will then be transferred into government account.

There are concerns that some officials may have banked stolen money under different names, making it difficult to trace.

The SSACC boss however earlier said he was mobilising expertise from Europe and America who will employ the latest techniques of tracing and detecting “stolen” money from financial institutions around the world.

(ST)

http://www.sudantribune.com/More-South-Sudanese-officials,41773


Sudanese opposition slams calls for Islamic constitution
Sudan Tribune
March 1, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese opposition parties condemned pressures by Islamists parties and groups to adopt an Islamic constitution in Sudan after the secession of South Sudanlast July. Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood, Salafi Ansar Al-Suna, 

Lamu port project launched for South Sudan and Ethiopia
BBC News
Construction has begun on a $23bn (£14.5bn) port project and oil refinery in south-eastern Kenya’s coastal Lamu region near war-torn Somalia’s border. An oil pipeline, railway and motorway will also be built linking Lamu to South Sudan and Ethiopia.

US very concerned by Sudanese conflicts
UPI.com
WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) — Sudan and South Sudan are drifting further from commitments outlined in a 2005 peace agreement, the US State Department warned. South Sudan in July became an independent country as part of an agreement reached with 

Returnee train departs Sudan capital for south
Newsday
Click here Returnee train departs Sudan capital for south Originally published: March 2, 2012 6:49 AM Updated: March 2, 2012 9:37 AM By The Associated Press MOHAMED OSMAN (Associated Press) (AP) — A 60-car train carrying 1400 southern Sudanese 
South Sudanese families return home
msnbc.com (blog)
South Sudanese families arrive with their belongings at a train station in Khartoum on March 1 to be transported home to South Sudan. A family waits for water before being transported home to South Sudan, in Khartoum on March 1.
South Sudan: UNMISS trains army officers on human rights, democracy
Afrique en Ligue
New York, US – The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said it has trained South Sudanesearmy officers on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, as well as other societal issues. A UN statement, made available to PANA in New York on Thursday, 
Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan
Coastweek
NAIROBI (Xinhua) — Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan are expected to launch the Lamu Port project, East Africa’s largest infrastructure project, on Friday. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and South Sudan’s President 
South Sudan claims Abyei
GroundReport
by JosephEdward March 02, 2012 The disputed area of Abyei was defined as part of Warrap state in the South Sudan election bill, last week in a parliamentary session, the Minister of Justices Mr. John Luk Jok disclosed that Abyei citizens will 

Sudanese Tensions Reach Boiling Point
Arutz Sheva
South Sudan reports Sudan bombed civilian villages amid a diplomatic impasse over oil rights and the disputed Abayei region. By Gavriel Queenann South Sudan said Thursday that two Sudanese fighter jets dropped bombs Wednesday in Pariang county inside