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August 24, 2012 (LONDON) — Government soldiers committed murder, torture and rape in the largest and troubled South Sudanese state of Jonglei said the United Nations mission in the new country (UNMISS) on Friday.

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SPLA soldiers take part in a parade during their 29th anniversary celebrations in South Sudan’s Juba, May 16, 2012. (Reuters)

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit launched last March a large disarmament operation in Jonglei following violent tribal attacks between the Nuer Lou and Murle tribes.

In a speech delivered at this occasion he warned his soldier against committing crimes and urged them to run a responsible operation, to be disciplined and to avoid tribalism.

UNMISS, nevertheless in a statement released on Friday, spoke about "serious human rights violations" allegedly committed by "undisciplined" soldiers who are part of the contingents participating in the disarmament programme in Jonglei.

Between 15 July and 20 August, the mission said that the SPLA soldiers allegedly killed one person. It further said there are "27 allegations of torture or ill-treatment, such as beatings, and simulated drowning in some cases, 12 rapes, six attempted rapes and eight abductions."

The Mission underscored that the victims are generally women and in some cases children.

It also said that "Communities in Pibor County" are worried about the vulnerability of the civilians there.

The international mission highlighted the significant efforts of the South Sudanese army to calm tensions and to protect civilians after the inter-communal violence which claimed the lives of hundreds there.

Pibor is inhabited mainly by the Murle, Kachipo and Jie tribes but the county is ethnically diverse compared to other counties in Jonglei State.

Human Rights Watch said it collected accounts of victims and witnesses from four villages in Pibor county - of Manyirang, Tangajon, Be, and Likuangole- where SPLA soldiers shot at civilians, ill-treated them by beating, tying them with rope, and submerging their heads in water to extract information about the location of weapons.

The peacekeeping mission said the SPLA had ordered to probe the alleged human right violations and to recall those who are involved in criminal incidents.

Further the South Sudanese army, according to UNMISS, have taken some steps "to strengthen investigations, with some arrests in recent rape cases and some older cases going to trial."

Nevertheless, UNMISS and HRW called on the South Sudanese authorities to hold accountable those who committed these abuses against civilians stressing such violations undermine the confidence and collaboration of local communities in the disarmament process.

"The gains of the peace process in Jonglei must not be undermined by these recent incidents," said Hilde F. Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan who called for the Government to take action against the perpetrators.

"Justice and accountability in Jonglei seem to have fallen by the wayside," said Daniel Bekele, HRW Africa director. “Authorities should investigate the cycle of violence in Jonglei, immediately put a stop to violations committed in the course of civilian disarmament, and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.”

Established on 8 July 2011, the 7,000 stronghold mission is tasked among others with the support of the South Sudanese government in exercising its responsibilities for conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution and protect civilians.

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  • 25 August 2012 09:01, by Robot

    UN are anxious to create and see many problems so that their mandate is kept on renewal every time it ends.. in Rwanda there was UN, the genocide was planned for two years and executed in 100 days... what did they do????, they are people who benefits from other people’s misfortune. even where i came from, there have been this abuses, but it shouldn’t be exaggerated by UN.

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    • 25 August 2012 16:32, by Bolman

      this is not the first time SPLM/SPLA doing that to his own ple this is an usual,unexperience soldierity Kuol himself may those for reasonable of trible dependent that human right violation wouldn’t end until so Cll SPLM regim ended without taking Dinkas Kingdom there is peace within the new Nation Republic of SS we need the strong leader who can those dictators leadership of Dinkas n misleadingoth

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  • 25 August 2012 09:47, by Liberator

    UNMISS,u r becoming so confusing! when the civilians killed themselves,u shouted at de p’pl’s army n de president.when disarmament was done,u r now trying to criticize the SPLA.my message to the UNMISS:everything has side effects even treatment has drug side effect but we have 2 weigh which one carries more advantages than the other.neva blame our ARMY but rather appreciate it n we thx u both.

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  • 25 August 2012 10:03, by WiseMonyBeer

    Late dictator and murderer Garang de Mabior in 1987 instructed his house boy, now dr president kiiri mayardit, to mass murder Murle civilians mainly women and children. SPLA killed thousands of Murle and raping hundrends of Murle women. Now this same Salva Kiir Mayardit has started it again last year with hate speech inside the country and outside as far as the US. The primitive president delivere

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    • 25 August 2012 10:11, by WiseMonyBeer

      Salva Kiir has continued to deliver his hate speech against the Murle wherever he went even as far as the US, in preparation for his war crimes and crimes against humanity with genocide. Riek Machar his rival had also aided him on this, both of them jönközziin, and the result was the Pibor Genocide2012

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      • 25 August 2012 16:48, by panchol

        Monybeer.
        please let us enjoy dividend of peace, don’t beat the drum of war.The civil war which broke out since 1983 until now, each and every tribe felt as if there was musker to them alone, but to be free my friend is too costly and to mobilize rest to joint you needs some concrete objectives. we fought and got independent and we are happy about it.
        "Empty vessels make more noise "proverb.

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  • 25 August 2012 10:13, by Samuel Malual

    This is the type of government that want to rule us for life. A government of dictators from Gorgerial that cooks, drinking acohol on the weekend and give security personal to brutalise citizens throughout the weeks.

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  • 25 August 2012 10:34, by malieng

    Welcome General Liberator, go ahead let those who beat the drum of war and never go to the war themselves continues and they will be answer when the time come

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  • 25 August 2012 12:50, by thok chuni yok

    UNMISS! Not all government soldier committed murder and rape if it’s true, my be the some of the soldiers.

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  • 25 August 2012 14:26, by DANDHEL

    WiseMonyBeer poo!!!
    you are piece of shit. Salva Kiir is our president if you don’t respect his position as a president then respect his age please..I do understand a freedom of speech but who in your own community Murle is more intellegence than president Kiir himelf? I can only understand you as Bor looter..

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  • 25 August 2012 17:38, by Northern Sudanese

    Come on its something normal, these are SPLA soldiers, the way they look alone proves their bad behaviours and crimes XD
    don’t start saying nuba or darfur nonsense because we all know its western propaganda to weaken sudan.we have rebels tortiring citizens and all.
    this is SPLA , yet after all dumb asylum seekers still support these dark asses XD

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    • 25 August 2012 19:50, by athoreyemodobong

      Bravo,UNMISSABLE &HRW
      It is now upto the president to decide which way to go while the whole World is waiting to see whether he will behave not like a mere tribal figure on national uniform.

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  • 25 August 2012 20:49, by panom lualbil

    I dont agree with everything they had reported to UNIMISS, becos they like spla to control them from exploitation of criminal’s activities countrywide. Becos as I know, spla must NEVER torture women or children but youth adults who seemed bullying. But the rests, except raping & mistaken, are all lies.

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    • 25 August 2012 22:22, by panom lualbil

      CORRECCTION: They dont like spla to control them from exploitation of criminal’s activities Gonguleiwide.

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  • 25 August 2012 21:28, by Mr Blue Man

    I urge our leaders to maintain good relationship with ethiopia so that they will commit in peace negotiation and remember that khartuom does not sleep in all way that lead us to success.

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  • 25 August 2012 21:40, by Mr Blue Man

    And again i myself i don’t beleif what has been put by UNMISS as violation of human right bY SPLA soldiers to mis- treat their people because SPLA is there to make sure the community is safe from arm not against the civilian therefore they may trifies them so that they tell where the weapon are.

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  • 26 August 2012 05:25, by Samuel Malual

    Mr. Blue Man.
    How much legal knowledge you really have? To what extent will you acknowledged human rights abuses that are being committed against citizens of Southern Sudan by the SPLA? Gentlemen, do not defend government that knows how to tortured, killing, raping and detening their own citizens without trial. This government must be toppled through African Spring.

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  • 26 August 2012 07:28, by Stephen Chan

    After reading the article about SPLA abuses in Jongei state this makes me very sad. South Sudan fought so long and hard for freedom and democracy in our New Nation. It is especially important that the South Sudan government fully investigates these crimes and brings the offenders to justice. We want a South Sudan where everyones human rights are protected.

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