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London, 13 May 2018; South Sudanese Equatorian leaders in diaspora are lobbying for International Criminal Court [ICC] The Hague based Court to prosecute South Sudanese incumbent President Salva Kiir and his archrivalry main rebel leader Riek Machar for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing.

The South Sudan Equatorian Community leaders in Diaspora said the two leaders [ Kiir and Machar] have been incriminated in various reports for gross human rights violations, war crimes, forced displacement of the populations and destruction of livelihoods.

The group's chairman, Federico Awi Vuni who doubled as the leader of South Sudan's labor party said Upper Nile and Equatoria regions were the worst-affected by the war between the factions loyal to the two protagonists.

“There are already reports incriminating them and they should be indicted for the crimes committed in the ongoing conflict,” Federico Vuni.

He added that the two leaders' respective deputies, Mr. Taban Deng Gai and Mr. James Wani Igga, should equally be indicated and charge with similar crimes.

“All the four bear the responsibility for the crimes committed in South Sudan and deserve to face the international court. If we want a just peace, then they must account for the heinous crimes they have committed,” he stressed.

The Equatorian Diaspora chair Mr. Federico Awi also asked the international community to join efforts and unseat all the four leaders because they have failed and tarnished the image of the Country. Therefore, they should not be part of the Transitional government.  

“They are the obstacles to peace. They have led the country since 2005 but have only achieved destruction to lives, the economy and social fabric. They must be sent home,” added Federico.

It remains unclear whether the group will officially submit an application to The Hague based International Criminal Court/ ICC to start the formal process, if they do the prosecutor has to study the application before forwarding their application to members of UN security council so that legal procedure will commence. However, even if they four accused are to appear before ICC the process will take months or perhaps years.


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