South Sudanese Civil Society in Kampala, Uganda Position Paper on Exclusion from the current IGAD Consultation for Revitalization of Peace Agreement


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Date: 2nd, October, 2017

To: Dr. Ismail Wais

IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan

Re: Schedule to Engage Kampala, Uganda based South Sudanese Civil Society Organizations as part of IGAD Consultation for Peace Revitalization Forum.

Your Excellency,

We undersigned this letter as South Sudanese Civil Society organizations based in Kampala, Uganda to welcome the IGAD initiative to conduct massive and inclusive consultation for all warring parties both in government and outside the government to set a comprehensive agenda for revitalization of peace agreement and ensure sustainable peace happen in South Sudan.

However, we in diaspora and most specially in Kampala, Uganda, regretted that we are excluded in the consultation process as it appear clearly in the IGAD consultation timetable which only caters for civil societies, youth, women, and religious leaders based in Juba and excluded the civil societies in diaspora, it not the first time to be excluded from the discussion but it start rights from ‘IGAD High Level Independent Experts Meeting on the Revitalization of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan’ that brought together 22 South Sudan experts from academia, civil society and renowned South Sudanese practitioners, held in Bishofu, Ethiopia from 16th – 17th, August, 2017 attended by JMEC Chairperson, IGAD Executive Secretary, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan and representative from AUC, UN and EU.

We request the office of IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan this time to consider consulting us civil society organizations, women, youth and the religious leaders in Kampala, Uganda, therefore we humbly ask the IGAD to schedule visit to Kampala, Uganda as part of the ongoing consultation for revitalization of peace agreement. As Diaspora based organizations we feel like the consultation process is important to inform the IGAD revitalization forum on peace agreement. IGAD should not ignore us for being in diaspora because we are well informed about the ongoing conflict / violent in South Sudan since the start up to date.

We also want to bring to your attention that there are also South Sudanese civil society organizations in SPLM/SPLA (IO) held areas as well as in diaspora which not limited to Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan which we also request your esteem office to consider for consultation.

Sincerely,

  1. Action PACEM
  2. African Youth Action Network (AYAN)
  3. Centre for Media Advocacy (CeMA)
  4. Democracy Initiative (DI)
  5. Global Actions for Humanity (GOA-H)
  6. Cush Organization for Development and Advocacy (CODA)
  7. International Youth for Africa (IYA)
  8. Jonglei Development Agency (JoDA)
  9. South Sudan Christian Community Agency (SSCCA)
  10. South Sudan Christian International Funds for Refugee (SSCIFR)
  11. Young Adult Empowerment Initiative (YEI)
  12. Global Society Initiative for Peace & Democracy (GLOSIPAD)
  13. Nuer Women for Peace and Development (NWPD)
  14. Nile Centre for Human Rights (NCHR)
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