South Sudan

U.S Saddened by Intimidation of Civil Society Groups in South Sudan

The United States has said she is deeply concerned by the South Sudanese government’s increasing efforts to silence Civil Society actors.

“We have consistently expressed our longstanding concern about the intimidation of civil society representatives to senior South Sudanese officials and have demanded an end to these acts, ambulance which have included violence, intimidation, and threats to shut down civil society groups and to seize their assets,” part of a statement released by the Department of States on Saturday night read.

Washington stated that recent actions against CSOs have been taken under the guise of the recently passed Non-Governmental Organizations Act and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Act.

The President Barack Obama’s administration believes the new law and the intimidation are being used to “severely” limit the ability of civil society and humanitarian organizations to function effectively in the volatile oil rich young nation.

The Washington reminded Juba of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan (2011) that protects the rights of freedom of expression, assembly, and association that the government of President of Salva Kiir was urged to respect.

The same stressed that free and vibrant civil society is the cornerstone of any democracy and as South Sudan seeks an end to the conflict, organizations must have the freedom to operate unhindered by government intimidation, and the citizens need to be free to voice their opinions in order for there to be a lasting return to peace.

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