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Bashir’s Juba visit undermines justice principles: S. Sudanese group


November 18, 2012 (JUBA) - As South Sudan prepares to host the much-hyped presidential summit, a local think tank insists the Sudanese President’s visit to Juba largely ignores the principles of Justice, as both countries will try to revive their economies at the expense of the International Criminal Court (ICC) case.

Jok Madut Jok, Undersecretary in South Sudan’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports at TEDx Juba, 2012. (Photo: 2012 TEDx)

The Sudd Institute, in its weekly digest, says the visit of President Omer Al-Bashir; indicted by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, also puts Juba in a dilemma. An estimated 300,000 people, according to the United Nations, have died and tens of thousands displaced, since the war broke out in Darfur in 2003.

“As a non-state party of the Rome statute, South Sudan could choose to ignore that question and conduct business with Al-Bashir as normally as has been the case so far,” said Jok Madut Jok, a co-founder of the Juba-based institute.

However, he said that by continuing to ignore the ICC question, the young state projects itself as “hypocritical” given its long standing dispute with Sudan, witnessed through many years liberation wars and bitter criticisms of the Khartoum regime.

Before independence, Jok said, South Sudan had long accused Khartoum of genocide in South Sudan, and to ignore the question of the arrest warrant for Al-Bashir, a man the country believes to have committed “genocide”, indeed looks “increasingly bizarre.”

Both President Al-Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart are due to meet in Juba for direct talks, which could revive the economies of the two countries, after months of a deadlock over exporting South Sudan’s oil through Sudan and other issues.

The move comes in the aftermath of the 27 September agreements reached between the two leaders in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa with facilitation from the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

The planned Juba summit, analyst say, could mainly focus on security issues, establishing the military buffer zone, oil and the other economic issues affecting the two countries. However, like in the previous meeting, both countries will be cautious on border issue, especially over Abyei and other territories that South Sudan believes Sudan illegally claims.

"The visit and the summit between the two presidents will be an opportunity for the two countries to redraw each other’s attention to the concept of two viable states living side by side in harmony with each other, a concept that was largely the foundation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the protracted war between the two sides," Jok noted.

The summit, he added, will be an attempt to build some trust to replace the current climate of mistrust due to Khartoum’s “tradition of signing agreements that it does not intend to implement.”

South Sudan, on Sunday, announced it has rescheduled plans to resume its oil production and exports through neighbouring Sudan, until the two countries reach a consensus over security issues.

Khartoum has said it will not allow Southern crude to be exported until the border buffer zone is established and it is satisfied that Juba has severed all ties from Sudanese rebel groups. Juba denies backing any armed groups north of the border.


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  • 19 November 2012 08:37, by Son of Ngundeng

    We will not except any criminal leader, to visit the bleesing land of south sudan we are ready to arrest him.

    • 19 November 2012 09:14, by ngomrom

      Son you are right let Bashir Risk his lfe to came to Juba becouse no one will well came him. His hands is full of innocent blood

    • 19 November 2012 15:48, by Logic

      Bashir is a dictatorial criminal no doubt but the ICC is an even bigger crime! It represents only the interest of the rich & powerful.
      When China, Russia & the U.S ratify its charter then we can entertain this nonsense called "ICC"! Meanwhile, both Sudans should concentrate on their interests.

      • 19 November 2012 22:23, by mohamed mahgoub

        Logic I suggest u have to change ur name into - nonesenseif u know what logic means

  • 19 November 2012 09:14, by master

    when u apply principles of justic in south sudan then we can follow you

    • 19 November 2012 09:37, by ngomrom

      What justice are talking about is it not enough what you have got from us , you start a fight we forgive you bomb ou land we forgive you you sponsor militias you are also forgiven now which justice do you mean or you want us to behave like you bro this will never happen even over our death bodies

    • 19 November 2012 10:29, by Hardball

      Shutting down the oil for almost a year and counting is an example of a good lesson and justice you can follow from South Sudan!

  • 19 November 2012 10:36, by Below the Law

    The law that matters here is the starts of oil production. Bashir coming is not an important issue. Bashir is an ICC’s

  • 19 November 2012 11:26, by Kikiji longiro

    People let us not decieve our citizens rights because of Al Bashir. Who is really Al Bashir inside South Sudan & North Sudanese rights.Al Bashir himself is monkey that can,t clean his own ASSA.South Sudan will not leave everything to the north before propare decision is done.Those things in the north are all South Sudanese properties because of our petrol,Euranium & etcs.they are there.

  • 19 November 2012 11:36, by Kikiji longiro

    When you leave another monkey to run away with your rights that means you use temper without knowing what you as a person or a nation lost.
    South Sudan lost over billions since 1956 because it want to be itself in the shadow of the Arabs.Let the ICC follow him where ever he is going but not the South sudanese intrest.South Sudanese stand strong, so that you can,t carry a head of a chicken.

  • 19 November 2012 12:58, by Jalaby

    "Justice Principle"?! What are you talking about thieves?! where in the world that thieves have principles and ethics?! capture the 75 south official thieves first and bring them to justice before you talk about Justice Principle!
    Bashir visit to south under current situation despite the south still providing full support to SPLA-N is another mistake that added to

    • 19 November 2012 13:02, by Jalaby

      his several mistakes and undermining our dignity as Sudanese!
      Thieves, please do a favor to us and hand him over to ICC as soon as he arrives your garbage country!

      • 19 November 2012 13:31, by ngomrom

        Dear Jallaby, enough with your insult take to the grand that one day you will regreth that smelling mouth of yours becouse we are your masters first Bashir called us insects he is not yet forgiven, "now you called our beautifull country Gabege" that is good, that is were the insects live but "what is worring you" live us alone
        Thanks Ngomrom

  • 19 November 2012 13:16, by Makunon

    Welea BIG NO

  • 19 November 2012 13:17, by Makunon

    Welea BIG NO

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