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Machar orders release prisoners of war in S. Sudan rebel hands

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January 9, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudan armed opposition (SPLM-IO) leader Riek Machar has ordered the release of war prisoners in the rebel-controlled- areas on Tuesday, pointing the move is part of the cessation of hostilities agreement reached in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in December 2017.

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Machar speaks on a mobile phone after an interview with Reuters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi July 8, 2015

“In compliance to article 9 of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities, protection of civilians and humanitarian access, all prisoners of war that were captured by the SPLM/SPLA (IO) forces during the conflict are hereby released with effect from today,” reads a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

According to the former first vice-president who is confined in South Africa, the directives include the categories of personal outlined in article 9 (2) of the said agreement.

He said the prisoners would be handed to the International Committee of the Red Cross for possible relocation to the area they wish to go.

The statement didn’t mention the number of government soldiers who have fallen into rebel hands as prisoners of war across the country.

At least 500 war prisoners, including political detainees, are in government custody according to the SPLM-IO which took part of the peace revitalization forum in Ethiopia.

Thel revitalization forum was convened on 18-22 December, by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the support of the international community to bring the warring parties to agree on the implementation of the peace agreement reached in August 2015.

However, a humanitarian cessation of hostilities, which was signed by the warring parties in Addis Ababa had never been respected with several violations escalating the war in the country.

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  • 10 January 07:25, by Lenin Bull

    Good move Dr.Riek Machar Teny. Let us spare the lives of our people whether SPLA government or SPLA-IO. These are all human resources for the young country called South Sudan. I wish President Salva kiir will reciprocate the same positive gesture and released those captured from SPLA-IO side during the war. Let us bring peace and harmony back to our beloved country.

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  • 10 January 07:33, by Lenin Bull

    This is my first time to see some positive signs coming out of your camp of SPLA-IO. Keep it up and release your POWs so that you will put the government in Juba in awkward position if they don’t reciprocate the same. I will soon change my stand and start writing positive about Riek and SPLA-IO especially if you are true to your words.

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    • 10 January 07:51, by Malakal county Simon

      As we are all tired of such a senseless war, it’s a good idea to release all prisoners from both side otherwise, one side peace will never yields any fruits.... Let’s the illegitimate government do the sameby ordering Stephen Taban troops to stop attacking the IO positions start from today...... The SPLM-IO also should give the government two days ultimate to release all the IO prisoners before we

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      • 10 January 07:52, by Malakal county Simon

        Cont...

        Before we do so....

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        • 10 January 08:22, by Mike Mike

          Machar, telling of baseless lies to the people is a part of the crimes sometimes. Where did u kept the prisoners you were talking about them now to be release by your bloody thirsty notorious rebel whom have committed a lot of crimes against the innocent people of South Sudan on Juba-Yei road, Nimule, Bor, Toriit, Terekeka and other parts of SS?. ICC is waiting for you for trial don’t forget that.

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  • 10 January 09:49, by Eastern

    Dr. Machar is wasting his time dealing with folks who don’t respect agreements. All SPLA-IO POW and other SPLA-IO sympathisers are dying and others have died in NSS facilities across the country and the MI shipping containers at Gorom outside Juba. Kiir is not fit to be a leader and the sooner he leaves the stage, the better for the unity of the country!

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    • 10 January 12:03, by South South

      Eastern,

      let’s work for peace in 2018. You are lying. There is no such thing called MI shipping containers in our country. People like you who did experience rebellion in their life are the one making these nonsense under computers. Peace will come in 2018.

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      • 10 January 13:56, by jubaone

        South South,
        You, the rest and I know well of this MI shipping containers as torture cages for opposition figures or those illegally detained. These facilities on the Juba-Yei road in Kansuk is an open secret. There are insiders who provide accurate information. We know that.

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        • 10 January 17:22, by South South

          juabone,

          There are no such things called shipping containers for torturing in South Sudan.

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  • 10 January 10:37, by Mike Mike

    Eastern. Do you real can agree that what this thug/ bloody leader Dr. Machar was saying is true?.There are no any prisoners of war his bloody rebel leadership have protected. We knew Riek very well since the day of his rebellion in Nasir 1991 against the SPLM/ A movement under the leadership of the wise leader and the real Doctorate. It will be a dream or a great Marcel when he released them alive

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