Open Letter to Kiir Re Sudan Passport

"In most cases, the renewal application is either rejected or deliberately delayed, thus complicating life for those who have to apply annually for Residence Permit and other important legal procedures".

Open Letter from Lino Marcello Lokang to:
 

H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit
President of the Government of Southern Sudan
Vice President of the Republic of Sudan
 
Subject:  Extension of the duration and validity of Sudanese Passport
 
Your Excellency,
 
With reference to the above subject, I am writing to you as an individual and in my capacity as a Southern Sudanese citizen. Having lived in Diaspora for many years, like many of fellow Sudanese, I experienced the difficulty and disadvantage of using a Passport that has a limited duration of barely two years.
 
Your Excellency, to have the passport’s duration and validity extended, one is compelled to renew it biennially by applying at the Sudanese Embassy of the Country of residence. Such process involves various types of difficulties, in particular when the Embassy or Consulate is situated far from one’s city of residence and also in term of monetary cost, depending on the condition of the individual.
 
Your Excellency, another great difficulty in the process is when the Embassy is predominantly staffed by people from North Sudan. In most cases, the renewal application is either rejected or deliberately delayed, thus complicating life for those who have to apply annually for Residence Permit and other important legal procedures. Indubitably, this is a politically motivated stance meant to violate our right as Southern citizens to enjoy fair, equal and dignified treatment in term of social and legal procedure and service.
 
Your Excellency, being this the situation, I appeal to your leadership, as the President of Government of South Sudan and Vice-president of the Republic of Sudan to intervene and try to settle this problematic situation by:-
a) Extending the duration and validity of the Passport to ten (10) years.
b) Guaranteeing just, equal and respectful treatment of the citizens in the course of the process with the Embassy.
 
Your Excellency, a quick action to be taken by your leadership in this regard would be a great service rendered to the citizens. In particular, it would bring to an end this long experience of difficulty, disadvantage and subjection to unjust treatment of citizens. It is my hope as well as that of many other fellow citizens that this appeal will encounter attention and consideration from your leadership.
 
Sincerely, 
 
Lino Marcello Lokang
Southern Sudanese citizen

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