Amsterdam & Partners, an international law firm which has cut a niche in supporting opposition in conflict and oil rich areas, will now mobilise support for South Sudan’s opposition groups.
“The Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM), the National Salvation Front (NAS) and the South Sudan United Front (SSUF) opposition movements in South Sudan have retained the international law firm of Amsterdam & Partners LLP following their refusal to be recognised by the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) on the 16th October 2019 as members of the South Sudan Opposition Movements alliance,” the law firm said in a statement seen by ChimpReports on Tuesday.
“Amsterdam & Partners LLP, led by international lawyer Robert Amsterdam, will be tasked with exploring international legal options to defend the rights of these parties and their members, while highlighting ongoing corruption and human rights abuses allegedly taking place under the present government in order to bring accountability to those responsible,” the statement added.
It remains unclear who will foot the legal bills as South Sudan opposition groups are said to be struggling financially.
However, the retention of controversial lawyer Robert Amsterdam comes at a critical time when South Sudan is edging closer to forming a unity government.
The holdout groups which Amsterdam intends to represent have since been rejected by peace mediator, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), as “spoilers of peace.”
Providing more international support to the two opposition groups could scuttle the delicate peace deal recently endorsed by South Sudan president Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar.
The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity must be formed by November 12 as agreed by the signatories to the agreement in oil-rich South Sudan.
The regional leaders and international community have since pledged billions of dollars to resuscitate the South Sudanese economy as soon the government of national unity starts work.
This formation of the joint government was strongly emphasised by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Members, who have been in Juba consulting with the Government and the Opposition Groups on matters regarding the peace process in South Sudan.
The opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar singled out some major obstacles in the peace accord that would not support or encourage the formation of the Unity Government on time but the UN Security Council Members headed by Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila said both the Government and the opposition Groups not to extend the formation of the Government anymore.
Ambassador Jerry Matthews added that UN Security Council Members are ready to offer any assistance and demands that would expedite the formation of the Unity Government on time.
A new cabinet representing the serving government and opposition will be released in the next few weeks before its inauguration in November.
The move is seen as a huge step forward in restoring peace in the war-torn country.
South Sudan slipped into a bloody civil war in December 2013, just two years after achieving its independence from Sudan, leaving more than 300, 000 people dead.
Role of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, who supports Red Beret opposition movements in several parts of the world including South Africa and Thailand, also serves as the lawyer for Uganda’s opposition and presidential hopeful, Bobi Wine.
The Canadian lawyer was recently retained by Tundu Lissu, the Tanzanian opposition figure, Member of Parliament, and chief whip for the CHADEMA party ahead of Tanzania’s general elections in 2020.
The International law firm today said it will explore legal options to defend human rights and deliver accountability against perpetrators in South Sudan.
“Salva Kiir is an illegitimate president; he does not enjoy the democratic consent of the people of South Sudan to lead the country,” said Amsterdam.
“Instead, like his ally Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, his aim is to rule with an iron fist as the next East African dictator. The international community must not allow it.”
However, critics have accused Amsterdam of meddling in sovereign countries’ internal affairs using politicians as leverage to push not only the legal cases for which he is responsible, but the continuation of his clients’ political objectives of undermining establishments, which in turn represent the continuation of the “globocrats'” agenda.
In the statement today, the law firm said “R-SPLM, NAS, and the SSUF are all calling for there to be genuine truth and justice in South Sudan for the deaths of more than 400,000 South Sudanese citizens” under the now 14-years-long regime” of President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
“The people of South Sudan have been subjected to a series of systemic human rights violations by the current administration and its security services for years; something which the new nation may not recover from for a whole generation or more,” said Amsterdam, founding partner of Amsterdam & Partners LLP.
“These reprehensible acts of state aggression and violence – episodes that have not been seen since the days of Omar Hassan al-Bashir – require a robust and broad response from the international community to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.”
While South Sudan has lost several opportunities to end the bloodshed, the current peace deal facilitated by regional leaders and the Security Council, has since gained traction.
The united alliance of R-SPLM, NAS, and the SSUF was formed on August 30, 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.