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Local rights group condemns air attacks on Bentiu

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April 23,2012 (JUBA) - The South Sudan Human Advocacy Association (SSHURA) became the first human rights group in the country to express its disappointment at the ongoing conflict between Sudan and South Sudan over their disputed oil-rich border.

Speaking in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday from Malakal, Biel Boutros, executive Director of SSHURA said the association is deeply concerned by the ongoing military activities, particularly the increased aerial bombardments on civilian settlements in Unity State.

“It is a worrying concern for human rights. I think the continued attack on the civilian settlements, particularly in Bentiu town, is no longer just an aggression on the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of South Sudan but it is becoming a clear human rights violation”, Boutros told Sudan Tribune.

He called on the international community including the African Union to intervene swiftly to avert what he believed might result into a possible "full blown war".

Boutros described the current situation as "really dangerous". Two civilians were killed by bombs on Monday, according to the UN, South Sudanese army (SPLA) and Sudan Tribune’s reporter in Bentui.

In retaking Heglig from the SPLA Khartoum has claimed that it killed over 1,000 southern soldiers although this has been denied by Juba who maintain that they pulled out voluntarily.

"There were reports of cross-border military operations, aerial bombardment of oil fields along the two borders. There are also ground attacks and this is creating a very difficult situation for the civilian population which is a gross violation of human rights,” he added.

Jacob Kuot Mayen, another human rights activist called on the international community and AU to intervene to put an end to these human rights violations.

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  • 24 April 2012 08:33, by E. Defense Forces

    Watch this Arabs infidels in Khartoum.Destruction of the church in Khartoum http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/489/Destruction_of_the_church_in_Khartoum/
    Dead and wounded in the city in southern Sudan Rubkona http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/473/Dead_and_wounded_in_the_city_in_southern_Sudan_Rubkona/

  • 24 April 2012 08:54, by codewizards

    SSHURA, thank you for advocacy concerning the human right violations of Khartoum. But my questions is: Do you think the UN and the so called International Community will respond positively to your cry? No one on earth will listen to you except God in heaven. They have their own interests, but God is with us despite what the world thinks about us. They will condemn but will not stop it.

    • 24 April 2012 09:13, by backtoschool

      Dear writers of South Sudan,

      Basher is about to died, the same thing did by Col Gaza-bi when he came to Uganda on his way back he burned the bible the same Basher order Musilem to burned church.

      within few months we shall not talk about basher church will ask basher for the matter.God we believe on you entire South Sudanese.



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