Juba, South Sudan – 22nd November 2019

The Communiqué of The Faith-Based Institutions Conference, Juba, South Sudan, 18th—19th November 2019

Press Release

We the representatives of all church denominations and Islamic sects and religious Institutions in South Sudan, herein referred to as Faith-Based Institutions, having met at Freedom Hall in Juba from the 18th to the 19th of November 2019, under the auspices of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, chaired by Hon. Angelo Beda;

Having been briefed by the Leadership of National Dialogue Steering Committee about the progress of its important work over the last two years;

Expressing our appreciation to President Salva Kiir  Mayardit  for initiating  the National Dialogue process and providing the support this process deserves for its completion;

Commending the Co-chairs, H.E. Abel Alier and Hon. Angelo Beda, the entire Leadership and membership of the Steering Committee, and the Secretariat  for conducting   a   successful  consultation   from   the   grassroots   to   the   regional conferences, and continuing  to consult as it prepares for the National  Dialogue Conference;

Applauding  the people of South  Sudan  for having  spoken frankly  and  bravely through  the  grassroots  consultations  and  the  regional  conferences and  making recommendations on the way forward;

Having deliberated for two days on the outline of National Dialogue Conference Agenda and the outline of the Implementation Framework for the National Conference resolutions;

Determined to restore peace and stability in our country through the unity of our people;

Inspired and guided by the objectives and principles of the National Dialogue, and recognizing   the   complementarity   between   the   National   Dialogue   and   the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS);

 

We the Faith-based Institutions resolved the following:

  1. Declare our  support  to  the  National  Dialogue  process as  an  inclusive grassroots peace process that holds the key to national healing and reconciliation in South Sudan;
  1. Strongly support  and  affirm  the  views  of  the  people of  South  Sudan generated through the grassroots consultations;
  1. Welcome and  endorse  the  recommendations  of  the  three  Regional Conferences to the National Dialogue Conference;
  1. Endorse the outline of the National Dialogue Conference Agenda and the outline of the Implementation Mechanism;
  1. Commit to  abide  by  and  take  part  in  implementation  of  the  Final Resolutions and Recommendations of the National Dialogue Conference;
  1. Call upon the government to restore peace and security in the country urgently and give the church and the mosque a space to do its work of reconciling the people of South Sudan at the grassroots as part of National Healing process;
  1. Urge the  parties  to  the  Revitalized   Agreement  on  the  Resolution  of Conflict   in   South   Sudan   (R-ARCSS)   to   expeditiously   resolve   the outstanding issues and form the R-TGoNU before the end of 100 days;
  1. Call for immediate establishment of the Commission for Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation provided for in the R-ARCSS, which should be headed and managed by religious leaders;
  1. Call for the creation of the Ministry of Religious Affairs to handle issues affecting faith-based institutions in South Sudan;
  1. Call for the enforcement and respect for the freedom of religion and worship;
  1. Urge the government and all armed groups in the country to respect the sanctity of life, respect the rule of law, and hold people accountable for crimes;
  1. Appeal to the government and the armed groups to establish barracks to keep soldiers separate from civilians and to offer services to the families of soldiers such as housing, schools and medical services, etc.;
  1. Call for the government to improve and provide services to the wounded and veterans as well as people with disabilities;
  1. Implore the political leaders of South Sudan to return to God and live religious lives and desist from witchcraft and idol worshiping;
  1. Call for an  inclusive  process  of  permanent  constitution  making  that incorporates fully the Resolutions and Recommendations of the National Dialogue;
  1. Call for proper management of land to prevent conflict;
  1. Call for the review of South Sudan  educational  philosophy to  reflect religious and cultural values;
  1. Demand the review of the schooling and working hours in South Sudan to reflect family needs as well as the weather conditions;
  1. Appeal to the government to empower local business enterprises to create jobs and wealth and to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit among the people of South Sudan;
  1. Urge the leaders and people of South Sudan to reexamine their moral conscience and have a sense of remorse;
  1. Recommend the shutdown of hotels and bars located in residential areas in various towns   in   South   Sudan   to   protect   citizens   from   immoral temptations;
  1. Decide to form an Inter-faith Committee to engage non-signatories to the R-ARCSS with the aim to include them both in the Peace Agreement and the National Dialogue processes;
  1. Recommend that the Final Resolutions and Recommendations of the National Dialogue, be presented to the President who shall then present the same to the Parliament without amendments;
  1. Call upon the people of South Sudan, the region and the international community to embrace the National Dialogue process and  support the implementation of its Final Resolutions and Recommendations;
  1. Recommend the establishment of a strong implementation mechanism for the Final Resolutions of the National Dialogue Conference composed of the current leadership of the National Dialogue Steering Committee and religious leaders; and
  1. Decide to stay informed of the preparations for the National Dialogue Conference.
Vincent Wanga contact@ssnationaldialogue.org