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SPLA criticises Jonglei human rights reports despite dismissing over 30 soldiers

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August 29, 2012 (JUBA) – The commander of South Sudan army (SPLA) forces in Jonglei State has criticised a recently released report by the Human Rights Watch report that blames soldiers for rape, torture and killing of civilians in Pibor county.

Gen. Kuol Diem Kuol told Radio Miraya in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that “we [SPLA] are protecting the human rights of people because this is what our constitution tell us.” Gen. Kuol told the UN sponsored radio that the Human Rights Watch findings “are not credible".

However, he said more than thirty soldiers have being dismissed from the army since the disarmament began in March 2012, for failing to observe set of military rules. “If a soldier fails [to respect human rights], then his commander arrests him and this is what I am doing,” said Gen. Kuol.

The General said that “everybody in Jonglei" knew the actions he was taking. He said that Human Rights Watch "don’t tell the truth" and described them as "not people who are credible.”

Human Rights Watch wrote a letter to President Salva Kiir listing the violations its research team had recorded between July 19-26 this year urging him to take action to ensure that victims received justice.

The last week report, conducted and published by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, says the Murle tribe in Jonglei State were the victims of rape, torture and killing by some of the strong 15,000 forces carrying out the disarmament in Jonglei.

Kiir launched the ongoing “Operation Restore Peace” in Jonglei in March following violent tribal attacks between the Nuer Lou and Murle tribes, which killed hundreds and affected over 100,000 people. When launching the process Kiir warned soldiers against committing crimes and urged them to run a responsible operation, to be disciplined and to avoid tribalism.

A report by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), also released last week, found "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 and the "Communities in Pibor County" are worried about the vulnerability of the civilians there. The UN report 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.

However, cases of rape and torture in Bor county during the earlier stages of disarmament as well as the killing of armed civilians in Nyirol county in Lou Nuer areas when the army clashed with self-proclaimed prophet Dak Kueth in March were not included.

In the UN radio interview, Gen. Kuol said military courts had been established in Boma, Pibor, Waat, Canal and Bor to look into cases of human rights violations. He said at least thirty soldiers are serving sentences ranging from two to seven years in Bor Prison after being convicted and dismissed from the army, adding that soldiers are only sent to civilian prison after being relieved of their army duties.

Four soldiers accused of rape are being detained in Pibor prison, Gen. Kuol says.

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

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."

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.

Noth 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.

SPLA DENIES TRIBALISM ALLEGATION

South Sudan’s Army (SPLA) on Tuesday denied allegations that disarmament process in Jonglei State has targeted specific communities, specifically members of Murle tribe of Pibor County. Pibor is inhabited mainly by the Murle, Kachipo and Jie tribes but the county is ethnically diverse compared to other counties in Jonglei State.

“Generally there is a feeling with local population that the disarmament process has been concentrated in specific areas. It is actually generating feelings and fears that it is targeting certain tribes”, Jody Joshua, a member of Murle Youth Council in Juba told Sudan Tribune.

He claimed that disarmament exercise by the operation was concentrating operation only in areas under Greater Pibor County.

However, General Peter Biar Mading, commissioner of police in Jonglei dismissed the reports, describing them as divisive and unfounded allegations by enemies of peace to destabilize the area.

“There is nothing like that. From where do you get such information? These are baseless and unfounded allegation. The disarmament exercise is not targeting any tribe”, General Mading said on Tuesday

The senior police officer said the exercise was only targeting those holding illicit weapons to engage in cattle raiding, women and child abduction. Disarmament, he said, has been peaceful and voluntarily because state authorities have carried out a campaign to sensitize, educate people about the process since it begun.

He explained that the reason for using the army to carry out the exercise was because community members claimed most of the firearms had been given by some members of their communities in police, fire brigade, prison services or the wildlife police units.

He said the army will exhaust all means available to recover guns from the civilians.

Mading said the army had created buffer zones. “There are some areas where the Murle, Dinka and Nuer do not cross. These are red line places. They have tried to cross but army was able to block and asked them to voluntarily give them weapons, he said explaining the mission of the army was to make Jonglei free from illegal firearms scattered into the hands civil population during the civil war.

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  • 30 August 2012 06:19, by omoni jr.

    The so called Human Right Watch does Not exist at all,SPLA should not even bother themselves to pay attention with that invisible organization,western world commit crimes than third world countries ,why the Haman Rights condemn them? In south sudan we do have our own constitution which guides all people despite their cultures,and ranks.

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    • 30 August 2012 08:45, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      They Dinkas are really intelligent, they captured fake spiritual leader and torture him untill he denounced his wrongdoing,

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    • 30 August 2012 12:34, by Paul Ongee

      Ya HRW,
      Why do you collect negative information later instead of contacting the would-be-disarmed-groups prior to disarmament exercise to surrender their weapons peacefully instead of confronting disarmament forces which is a serious human rights violation? Human rights watch is a two-way traffic when it comes to reporting human rights violations (hrv).

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      • 30 August 2012 12:35, by Paul Ongee

        If disarmament didn’t happen in the countries of HRW researchers, let them try disarming citizens with illegal arms in their cities or neighborhoods and report later what happened during the disarmament exercise. Police in developed countries are fired upon or getting shot daily by gangs instead of disarming them peacefully. HRW needs to report that illegal possession of firearms is a serious hrv.

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  • 30 August 2012 07:58, by allan

    Fuck human rigth and fuck who ever support it those animals in pibor are killing our soldiers for nothing
    and if u are in south sudan try to be white supporting human rigth fuck u too
    R.I.P to my best friend just lost his life in pibor by those stupid animals use by arab to kill there own southern
    just 4 pay check

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    • 30 August 2012 09:01, by Murle agent

      To Allan.
      You are indeed one of the illiterate dumb bastard. We didn’t killed your soldiers for nothing okay? They pay the heavy price for what they did. And what we killed in our land were just a group of rats which was send by your greedy mafias in Juba to come and contaminate our land with greed but Unfortunately we didn’t hesitate to wipe them off we did so.

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  • 30 August 2012 08:25, by Murle agent

    Look at you stupid jonkuz, if you dogs know that committing a such crime is a shame, then why did you instructed your ugly and untrained rats soldiers to carry on this horrible crimes uh? And look at you now shameful hyenas you’ll never scape from our bullets....our main focus now is to dealt with you dinka Bor rats......

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    • 30 August 2012 09:21, by michael coma

      Murle community are like parasites that depend on other host.Can you imagine,for them to produce their on food is hard for them just stealing cows from other communities as the live of leaving.Moving up and down in the bushes like animals just to steal.

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    • 30 August 2012 11:13, by Guandong

      Murlei, you are right this is what we have told u in the very begining that these pple are self lover lets’ swept them away but u refuse. now if u recall back our word, carrying on ur operation but make sure u dont kill nuer again. let join our hand to overthrow their government.

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  • 30 August 2012 10:48, by WiseMonyBeer

    Fuck all jönköz. Dinka Bor AMOOKDU, CI MAAN O YATI GARE E MUOR.
    Make Murleland the grave of all jönköz whose only mission there is to murder, rape and loot etc. Bravo to those who fucked jönköz. Death to jönköz.
    Wisemonybeer !

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    • 30 August 2012 11:01, by Murle agent

      To my brother wise monybeer.
      You are legend bro, we murle have to teach these jonkuz a tough lesson.

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  • 30 August 2012 11:19, by Guandong

    There is no peaceful disarmement if it targets Nuer n other tribes. unless if it targets Dinka. Imagine they (Dinka) raid cattle in Unity yesteday, if they dont have firearm how can they raid? UNMISS n HRW are right to raise such humiliation on civilian.

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    • 30 August 2012 11:39, by michael coma

      To Wismonybeer
      You are son of bitch.You are Bor blood that’s why you speak Dinka bastard.You donkey you will give up from bad food u eats from murle.Mor mur and mor biirless.

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      • 30 August 2012 12:13, by WiseMonyBeer

        michael coma AMOOKDU as well you son of a bitch jokozen ci lavarco carraci kali. We will teach a lesson everyday. Long live Murle youth.
        Wisemonybeer !

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        • 30 August 2012 12:38, by Murle agent

          To Michael Coma.
          You are dumb arse mother fucker, do you think a smart warrior like us murle will be defeated by such a vultures like you jonkuz? Hahah.....don’t panic we just conducted this as an exercise move, the worst is yet to come!!!

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      • 30 August 2012 12:28, by Paul Ongee

        Ya Human Right Watch,
        Why do you collect negative information later instead of contacting the would-be-disarmed-groups prior to disarmament exercise to surrender their weapons peacefully instead of confronting disarmament forces which is a serious human rights violation? Human rights watch is a two-way traffic when it comes to reporting violations.

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        • 30 August 2012 12:30, by Paul Ongee

          If disarmament didn’t happen in the countries of HRW researchers, let them try disarming citizens with illegal arms in their cities or neighborhoods and report later what happened during the disarmament exercise. Police in developed countries are fired upon or getting shot daily by gangs instead of disarming them peacefully. HRW needs to report that illegal possession of firearms is a serious..

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  • 30 August 2012 20:05, by Northern Sudanese

    welcome to the club southerners, you now know all the lies that human rights made up about sudan :)

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  • 1 September 2012 03:52, by Samuel Malual

    For how long will you continue denying the facts SPLA? You are responsible of rape, torture and killing of civilians in Southern Sudan.

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