Target: President Salva Kiir
Goal: Hold South Sudan soldiers accountable for their horrible war crimes
During a counterinsurgency campaign, the South Sudan army has committed atrocious crimes and killed many innocent civilians. Their actions have forced many citizens to flee for their safety. However by fleeing these civilians open themselves up to attacks by other rival ethnic groups.
A 45 page report “They Are Killing Us: Abuses in Civilians in South Sudan’s Pibor County” highlights 24 cases of 100 members of the Murle ethnic group dying because of the conflict between 2012 and 2013, totaling to 24 cases. By targeting and harming civilians, the South Sudan army is committing war crimes. The report details how the army (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) burned and ransacked homes, abused civilians both physically and emotionally, destroyed churches and schools, and medical supplies. The army is known to target women and children as well as the mentally ill, further terrorizing the people. Instead of protecting the people, these soldiers are harming them, and by forcing these people to flee the army is making them vulnerable to attacks by other rival ethnic groups.
The justice system must be upheld for the sake of stability and their safety. Not only does the Sudanese authorities have to make the soldiers accountable, but they must investigate the brutal murders in the Jonglei region. Police and other security forces must impartially protect all civilians, regardless of ethnicity. Even though the UN Mission in South Sudan has tried to curb the violence by providing sanctuary to those affected by the conflict, because of their lack of intervention many civilians are still getting hurt. Statements made by several civilians claim that they have no ties to the rebel forces or to the army; they are merely being targeted for who they are. To protect these civilians from further harm sign this petition to urge the Sudanese president to hold these soldiers who committed these heinous crimes accountable.
Dear President Salva Kiir,
I am writing to express serious concern about the deaths of civilians in the Jonglei region of your country. It has come to my attention that the Sudan army has purposefully targeted Murle civilians, destroying their homes, schools, churches and medical supplies. This needs to stop. No human should ever be persecuted or terrorized in such a heinous matter. I urge you to hold your soldiers and other security forces accountable and to uphold your justice system. An investigation needs to be conducted on those who are accused of hurting civilians. You also need to boost your local police force and ensure that they make impartial but intelligent judgements on who they arrest and prosecute.
I realize how difficult of a task this must be, but your people need to feel safe. They should not be fired upon or have their homes destroyed simply because of who they are. I hope you agree with this sentiment and will do everything in your power to ensure their safety.
[Your Name Here]
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