This afternoon of February 21, 2018, in Juba, the convenor of the Youth Debriefing and Briefing Meeting on the recently adjourned High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) peace process, brought to our attention that their meeting was disrupted by the National Security Service (NSS) operatives with ulterior motives.
The National Security bill passed into law arms this supposedly secret service arm of the State to wield some Draconian NGO act, which is backed with the crude power of the gun.
When these men and women in arms swooped on the youth peace consultation gathering at the Women centre, two of our members were in attendance in different capacities as members of their respective youth organizations.
The inherent rights to Association and Assembly, Speech and Expression, Protest and Picketing, and the like, are enshrined in our National Constitution just as elsewhere in the world.
Anybody in power or any body of power that attempts to illegally withdraw such public rights, which are anchored in the South Sudanese Citizens’ Bill of Rights’, is seriously infringing on our rights.
And such acts bear dire consequences on the violator, worse when it is the power to be. Simple instances of such consequences include resentment or resistance by the youths in particular, and the public in general, against the State Power. It also leads to diplomatic loss of footing by the government in power, which affects the nation in its entirety among the world’s family of nations.
We, Moderators and bloggers under the Association of Facebookers, Tweeters and Bloggers of South Sudan (AFTABOSS) Internet’ional hereby condemn the act of violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) signed on January 23, 2014 under ARCiSS and renewed again on December 21, 2017, under the HLRF process. This is unacceptable.
This blatant abuse of the peoples’ peace process and the violation of their rights will not always be tolerated lest it becomes a tradition by parties. Should this deliberate shrinking of our democratic spaces, which is exhibitrd by such intimidation of youth, especially an organized community as AFTABOSS, persist, we shall take action at our own disposal, like running a ‘blogathon’ (marathon of scathing blogs) on the person and institution of the perpetrator.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
AFTABOSS is Watching