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South Sudan army targeted civilians in tribal attacks: HRW

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December 19, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers have been accused of carrying out ethnic killings during recent clashes in the South Sudan capital, Juba, according to eyewitness accounts provided to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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An internally displaced man holds his son inside a UN compound in Juba on 19 December 2013 (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

An estimated 500 have been killed and hundreds more injured after violence broke out in Juba on Sunday following clashes between rival factions of the presidential guards.

Thousands of people have fled areas of Juba, with more than 16,000 people seeking shelter at the UN compound.

The fighting followed deepening tensions between president Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and the former vice-president, Riek Machar, a Nuer.

In a report released on Thursday, HRW said witnesses said government soldiers and police had questioned residents about their ethnicity and deliberately shot ethnic Nuer.

The report, which includes accounts from eyewitnesses, aid workers and victims, details a disturbing number of tribal-related attacks and killings.

“The awful accounts of killings in Juba may only be the tip of the iceberg,” said Daniel Bekele, HRW’s Africa director.

HRW says it has also received reports that ethnic Dinka may have been targeted in Juba and in the Jonglei capital, Bor, by Nuer soldiers.

“We are deeply concerned that ethnically-based attacks on all sides will lead to revenge attacks and more violence,” Bekele said.

One woman told HRW that 15 Nuer civilians, including women and children, were killed by unidentified gunmen in a Nuer neighbour’s house in the Gudele area of Juba on Monday.

“I was hiding during the shooting, but saw the bodies afterwards. They are still there, the Dinka are not allowing them to be moved”, she said.

The woman said she saw armed men from both the Dinka and Nuer tribes moving from house to house apparently searching for members of the other ethnic group.

Three independent sources who were not present at the scene told HRW that soldiers forcibly dragged Nuer minister Reverend Simon Nyang Lam from his house in the Khor William neighbourhood and killed him.

“He thought he would be OK because he was a pastor”, a relative said, adding that another man from his family had also been taken from his house in the Amarat neighbourhood, searched and then shot on the spot.

Another Nuer man told HRW that soldiers shot and killed his cousin and two other civilians outside his home on Monday morning in the Misah Sabah neighbourhood as he hid under a bed.

“I heard them crying when they were killing them”, he said.

Another eyewitness at the scene independently collaborated the incident, saying “When they failed to answer if they were Dinka or Nuer, they were shot.”

Civilians of different ethnicities were also killed and injured during crossfire and by tanks, with residents describing two cases in which tanks were driven into houses.

“I was lucky as I was in my house just before it was completely destroyed”, an NGO worker told HRW.

Another aid worker said he saw the “completely smashed” bodies of two men and that witnesses told him a tank had run them over.

FIGHTING SPREADS

As fighting spreads outside Juba, the conflict has taken on increasing tribal dimensions, raising fears of a full-scale civil war.

Sixteen people were killed after Nuer oil workers attacked their Dinka colleagues in Unity state’s Unity and Tharjath oil fields on Thursday.

The incident followed fighting Jonglei state capital, Bor, which is now under the control of South Sudanese army defectors loyal to dissident commander Gen. Peter Gadet Yak, who overran military bases on Tuesday and took over the town on Wednesday evening.

Gadet reportedly broke away from the SPLA after being angered by reports Nuer were being targeted in Juba.

The South Sudan Red Cross said the death toll in Bor now stood at 22, including three children who drowned crossing the Nile while attempting to flee the violence.

HRW has called on South Sudanese leaders to take stronger measures to ensure soldiers under their control don’t commit ethnic violence and abuses.

It has also called on the UN to ensure it fully implements its mandate to protect civilians in Juba and other flashpoint areas.

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  • 20 December 2013 06:20, by omoni jr.

    UNSC need to refer this massacre to ICC and let this Dinka chief get arrested immediately.

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    • 20 December 2013 06:26, by omoni jr.

      If kiir’s militias were looking for supporters of Reik machar,why did they move from house to house and asking particularly for Nuer people? Amd again, why are all presidentials security coming from Gogrials Dinka?????? This dumb leader abused his power and must leave immediately.

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      • 20 December 2013 06:46, by Tutbol

        Go and dream fool, what is ICC to S Sudan? No one wants to kill civilians, But Riek Machar & Nyandeng Garang must be hang in public square. To compensate the for innocent S Sudanese who lost their lives because of their dirty intrigues against S Sudanese people.

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        • 20 December 2013 07:13, by omoni jr.

          Tutbol
          I know you, you always reason opposite side.And you also failed to dig out the facts about who started this ugly shit on last sunday? you do not need to go to law school,but common senses .... your master kiir started it first and lied to media about "COUP" and killed hundreds of civilians because of 1991 Reik’s splits, and got nothing to do with innocents kids and their mothers.

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      • 20 December 2013 08:49, by Mayom County Boy

        who will be blame about the acident that happen and kill many civilians in the Republic of south sudan ?
        Am afeeling to all south sudanese leaders let them allow peace among them selves .

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    • 20 December 2013 07:15, by mathem jech amer

      Akobo killing
      Nuers killed all Dinka civilians in Akobo and about 30 of them run to UN compound to seek safety but Nuers followed them and killed them in UN compound including 3 Indian peacekeepers, are these civilians not targeted or Human Right Watch is based on Nuer side only?

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    • 20 December 2013 07:28, by Tong dut

      More Dinkas are coming from Awil and heading to bor, This war is for Dinkas to kill all south sudanes.

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      • 20 December 2013 07:42, by Deng II

        Tong Dut
        why don’t you notice us first that you are talking through your asshole. There is no way Dinka can kill all southerners bro.

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    • 20 December 2013 09:11, by Tutbol

      S Sudanese must keep an eye on the Europeans & Americans in our country. currently we don’t need their evil helps & if they continue to meddle in country affairs through their corporate CIAs & Mi6 criminals. Their criminals boss use humanitarian sh*ts---ss pretexts to meddle in other peoples’ countries uninvited. We don’t want evil British intrigues in country & their Arabs--- they are evil people

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      • 20 December 2013 20:41, by dengdanger

        @ Tutbol I agree with u bro this people are evil incloding this UN bitch hally Johnson she behind this and we know it. God will ask her one day

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    • 20 December 2013 15:49, by Snipper

      Omoni Jr!
      This is what you get when you long for violence! You guys always threaten people here on the web with tribal threats but now talking about ICC! Have it hot guys. I don’t know if your mythical icon managed to escape with his stupid stick from his now rubble house in Juba! Dinka is soon going to respond if your stupidity continue! I do not care either if there is a country or not!

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      • 20 December 2013 22:12, by omoni jr.

        Sipper,
        who is Dinka to me bitch? just wait,91 will be the best if you are yarning for death. Now they are killed everywhere,and i doubt if you yourself will escape it too. Cursed tribe. The good Dinka is the one enjoying by vultures in the bush or burn to ashes.

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  • 20 December 2013 06:25, by Deng II

    as I don’t like Riek to rules because he killed majority southerners in 1991, I don’t like useless lazy, theft, corrupts President to Killed people base on thier ethnicity. Kiir will dies useless like Rick Machar if its true his Gogrial thugs killed civilians. Dump President indeed.

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    • 20 December 2013 06:35, by Deng II

      We all know the warlord of Somalia, no body can remembered their names, and if you do , u don’t even like its why u stilled remembered them. Assume that SS become Somalia’s, Kiir will be remembered by their Gogrial. What about every turn ugly, Kiir will not oil money wisky or alcohol. if Unity State would shut and upper Nile state, there will no fog of alcoholism of eye.

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      • 20 December 2013 06:39, by Deng II

        Im praying to God to let not Kiir running wild Solders to Killed all the formers ministers they arrested. I m worry that things will turn ugly in the near future.

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  • 20 December 2013 06:28, by mathem jech amer

    Wrong HRW
    Why is Human Right Watch talking to Nuer eyewitnesses only, what about other tribes, that means these are false reports based on tribal lines, what about Dinkas killed in Gieda, New Site when they didn’t know anything happening & what about those hundreds killed in Bor & Bentiu, is this neutral HRW or just based on Nuer side only.

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    • 20 December 2013 06:45, by Predicted

      Mathem. If you are in Juba, Go to the U.N compound,and visit the streets where bodies are laid everywhere of women and children, go to the hospital and see who’s there. Then you can come back and comment here. Otherwise, please don’t come here without facts and emotional accusations.

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      • 20 December 2013 20:58, by dengdanger

        @ mathem don’t even entertain this dighead he don’t event know who died in juba u n I know there was no children or weman died in those days only those who died in natural causes ,we are not cowards like them we were attack n we fought back and .were also protecting our nation including our civilians so tell him to go and fuck himself we r SPLA n we don’t have any side only to protect and to serv

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    • 20 December 2013 06:48, by Predicted

      You’re Kiir turned this war into a tribal one, by constantly referring to 1991 bor massacre, and by hiring his own Bargahzel army as illegal "Presidential guards", against the constitution of the southern Sudanese citizens. Which became Kiir’s constitution. Please go and get the facts before you believe everything your uncle Kiir tells you on SSTV.

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      • 20 December 2013 06:57, by Malakal county Simon

        It would be a wise decision for James Wani and the rests to resign now, from this criminal government of unwanted Kiir and to save themselves from ICC....

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    • 20 December 2013 06:50, by Deng II

      Mathem
      U don’t have to deny fact, but if you are a man, accepted it and apologized for wrong doing. That is how really man is. We all Dinka have people in Juba, and I guess all us called for their love one there. I myself called on brothers on other day, and they told me things here are ugly, soldiers has to ask you to speak Dinka so that u can be allow move free. so this is a sign of ugly.

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      • 20 December 2013 07:01, by Deng II

        President Kiir suppose to do better than Machar, not to use opportunity to revenge for ugly past. Now, there will be no different between Rick and Kiir.

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      • 20 December 2013 07:21, by mathem jech amer

        Deng II
        My friend I am not denying,omany people died,I agree but the finding is based only on interviews with Nuers civilians, do you think those killed are only Nuers.As you heard,all Dinkas in Akobo were killed including those who came to UN compound, did Dinkas killed those Nuers in UNMISS in Juba?Alot of Dinkas are killed at Bor, Akobo, Gumruk and Unity/Tharjath, are they included in HRW repor

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    • 20 December 2013 06:53, by Predicted

      Kiir could convince his die hard followers and tribesmen that there was a coup. He can bring back memories of 1991 to rally them. But he coudldn’t fool the international community. Where is the evidence of coup?
      Why detain/kill all of his political challengers so quickly without due process as guaranteed for all citizens of South Sudan. Please get your facts before you voice your opinion publicl

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      • 20 December 2013 06:58, by Malakal county Simon

        It would be a wise decision for James Wani and the rests to resign now, from this criminal government of unwanted Kiir and to save themselves from ICC....

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        • 20 December 2013 07:02, by Malakal county Simon

          Kills them here in Juba, but those in greater Upper Nile particularly those of Bor county, will pay the heavy price for their son Kuol Manyang who participating in Nuers Killing in Juba....

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        • 20 December 2013 08:16, by mathem jech amer

          500 killed in Juba
          Info to all Nuers. The 500 said to have been killed in Juba are not only Nuers, they even include more than 100 SPLA soldiers killed by your group, if you people want to hide the crimes you committed and pretended to have lost 500, then you are liers.

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  • 21 December 2013 03:36, by 4Justice

    The New Age Movement and their phony Human Rights concerns: a classic Hegelian Dialectic (Problem-Reaction-Solution)

    The aim of the New Age Movement is to take over the world and bring complete ‘restoration’. They plan to banish what they class as evil from the earth and create a perfect world of so called peace and harmony. This sounds like a very noble aim, but their rhetoric is violent – they will not achieve their goal through peaceful means.

    Luciferian New Age leader Barbara Marx Hubbard stated:

    “people will either change or die” “that is the choice” (i.e., take the luciferic initiation into Satan’s New World Order)

    "We are in charge of Gods selection process for planet Earth. He selects, we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death... We do this for the sake of the world.” We come to bring death to those who are unable to know God... The riders of the pale horse are about to pass among you. Grim reapers, they will separate the wheat from the chaff. This is the most painful period in the history of humanity”

    "This act is as horrible as killing a cancer cell. It must be done (or the sake of the future of the whole. So be it; be prepared for the selection process which is now beginning. We, the elders, have been patiently waiting until the very last moment before the quantum transformation, to take action to cut out this corrupted and corrupting element in the body of humanity. It is like
    watching a cancer grow; something must be done before the whole body is destroyed... "Out of the full spectrum of human personality, one-fourth is electing to transcend... One-fourth is resistant to election. They are unattracted by life ever-evolving... Now, as we approach the quantum shift from creature-human to co-creative human... the destructive one-fourth must be eliminated from the social body". (The Book of Co-Creation)

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