NAS concerned about the increase of human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by SSPDF in CES
The National Salvation Front (NAS) has expressed grave concerns following a worrying increase in the scale, ruthlessness, veracity and frequency of human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by elements of Kiir’s forces across the country in general, and in Central Equatoria State (CES) in particular.
According to a press release issued by NAS Spokesman Mr Suba Samuel on Wednesday, May 26, Kiir’s Juba regime, together with the government of CES under governor Emmanuel Adil are “punishing civilians for supporting NAS”, and have resolved to “use force and pursue a policy of mass displacement, uprooting and punishing civilians through the creation of intra and inter-tribal conflicts to keep communities busy fighting each other, thus preventing them from paying attention to national issues and the failures of the government in Juba”.
The press statement went on to list a series of recent atrocities committed by the Juba regime.
“On the 23rd of May 2021, the SSPDF around Wonduruba area arrested twenty (20) women, looted civilian property and torched several huts
“Similarly, on the 24th May, in Rudu village in the outskirts of Lainya town, the SSPDF arrested more than thirty (30) civilians, equally looted all their property, displaced the whole community and forced some civilians to escort them to where NAS bases are; risking the lives of these innocent civilians who were being used as human shields”.
Although NAS continues to maintain its commitment to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) signed in December 2017 and January 2020, it said that it still reverses the right to defend not only itself but the civilians who look up to it for safety and protection.
NAS – the press release assured – also wanted to let the general public, its member and supporters, the people of South Sudan and members of the international community that revolutionary NAS forces are steadfast and are keenly following the development and will not relent when it comes to defending the civilian population.