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November 4, 2012 (JUBA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Sunday described as a “breach of legal obligations” the country’s decision to expel its human rights officer who carried out investigations into human rights situations in the young nation.

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A SPLA officer keeps an eye on crowds in Juba in April 2010. (AP)

The official, identified as Sandra Beidas, was reportedly given 48 hours by South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to leave the country.

Her expulsion, according to sources, could be linked to a UN report published in August, which accused the South Sudan army (SPLA) of incidents of torture, rape, killings and abducting civilians during the civilian disarmament campaign in South Sudan’s Jonglei State.

Hilde Johnson, the head of the UNMISS has condemned the move, which she said violates South Sudan’s legal obligation to the world body.

“The order is in breach of the legal obligations of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan under the Charter of the United Nations,” said Johnson.

“Human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting, and building capacity, is a core element of the mandate of UNMISS which must be protected,” she added.

Johnson, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, further said it was important for authorities to allow the mission’s human rights officer to carry out their mandate, and urged government to bring to attention any serious complaints or evidence related to individual staff members’ conduct.

South Sudanese officials were unavailable for a comment over the matter. Meanwhile, the expelled UN official has reportedly been redeployed to the regional service centre in Entebbe, pending a decision on her future status.

In recent months, similar reports from Amnesty International and locally-based civil human rights group in the country have accused South Sudan’s security forces of human rights violations in the country, allegations the government has repeatedly denied.

2011 attack on UN human rights investigator

In August 2011 the former head of the United Nations human rights division in South Sudan, Benedict Sannoh, was badly beaten and taken from his hotel room by 10 South Sudanese police officers. The police left the UN official at a hospital after he was beaten, kicked and punched him while he was "in a sustained fashion while he was in a fetal position on the floor” the UN said at the time.

The August 20 attack occurred after Sannoh refused to allow police to search his bags and enter his room at his hotel in Juba, South Sudan’s capital. His injuries were so serious that he spent five days in hospital before being sent abroad for further treatment.

A statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in August 2011 described the incident as "totally unacceptable”, warning that, “Unless those responsible are held to account, this will send a chilling message to all those working in the defense of human rights in South Sudan.”

Attacks on civil society

In the last five months two members of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance (SSCSA) have been kidnapped by unidentified armed men, suspected by activists to be elements of the security services, and badly beaten and questioned about their work.

The chairperson of the alliance, Deng Athuai Mawiir Rehan, said in October that his organisations treatment was “unbearable" and has called on the government to launch an "immediate investigation into harassment and targeted kidnapping of human and civil rights defenders”.

“The intention is very clear. They just want to muzzle the alliance which will not work. Our government must investigate and take actions", Athuai told reporters on Sunday.

Ring Bulabuk, a defense lawyer who works with the alliance was kidnapped on 22 October in Juba by unknown armed personnel in civilian clothes. Relatives and friends say the men were members of South Sudan’s security services.

Bulabek was later found abandoned at Juba graveyard in “a terrible shape”, Athuai said, after being kept in an “undisclosed location” with no access to legal assistance and medical care until when he was found on Friday 26 October.

“There are people who do not understand what roles we play in the society. They see members of the alliance as threat. They do not see civil society as mirror through which people sees themselves”, he said.

Despite, serious human rights issues, Athuai said that he believed South Sudan’s leaders were striving to promote the supremacy of rule law, good governance, as well as improving transparency and accountability.

The the two abductions and beatings highlight the challenges facing South Sudan, which became the world’s youngest nation when it seceded from neigbouring Sudan in July 2011 after two decades of civil war.

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  • 5 November 2012 07:42, by George Bol

    When report is overstated,that should be considered unethical and that is what the UNMISS reporters have been doing. For me, must of them are intelligence.When eventuality occur,they hide like what they did in Abyei and in Pibor county. Misconduct especially in reporting can cause expelsion and I agree with the govt for that task.

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    • 5 November 2012 08:44, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Being a Nuer itself can denying you to be a human leave alone sense of human being,
      You people are really wicked, why do you always tell others people to work hard while you never work hard during the war between Dinka and Arab? Tell me where you not all nyagateen? Tell me where you not Bashir right hands tribes? Tell me where you not all against the Dinka? Please working hard is for those who

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      • 5 November 2012 08:45, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        achieved something good before but not for those who join after seeing success coming in 2002, the one man I know my colleague is Hoth Mai whom you are all against his intelligence leadership behaviour, there will be no president among you if not James Hoth ma, being a Dinka person mean being a leader in both way,

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        • 5 November 2012 08:49, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          North Sudan
          • Arab 49% mixes with other
          • Nubians 8%
          • Baja 6%
          • Fur 2%
          • Zaghawa 1%
          South Sudan
          • Danka’s 24%
          • Nuer 5% mixes with some Dinkas
          • Azande 3%
          • Bari 3%
          • Shiluk/Anwak 3%
          • Many other 4%
          Dinka is the biggest so leave them alone they will make your life a living hell if they witch,

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          • 5 November 2012 09:01, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            The message is going direct to this uncivilised savages criminals of Nuer who love advocate for something they never got swat on it. Complaining after complain will tell all of you to detention centres, you have to marry Dinkas to have leaders born into your curse uneducated community. Don’t blame for our God’s given braveness and intelligence just blame God who make us wise to led the country,

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            • 5 November 2012 09:06, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              you people will remain an animal’s until further studies if you will be re recognised as human being because your culture of wickedness does not qualifying you to be a human being. Don’t you ever attack the dignity of Dinkas. nobody can question our supreme power of standing frim without gatism, and that make me proud of who I am.and whoever don’t have anything to be proud of can go to hell.

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              • 5 November 2012 17:46, by Ruach

                Lol,even Cieth(stool) will claim that is better than Nuer!What is the difference between you and him(Cieth or stool)?

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          • 5 November 2012 13:24, by Yei Top

            Mr Dinka dominated or whoever u call urself, where n when did u learn ur statistics? ur data carries false information, pls go back n carry another research. i know u people will b the last to get transformed in South sudan......

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            • 6 November 2012 07:10, by mathem jech amer

              Dear All
              What I know so far, Dinka Dominated SPLA/M is not a Dinka but he belongs to other tribe. He is trying to create enemity between Dinka and Nuer that’s why is always bringing an irrelevant topic.
              I know him personnally, and he belongs to either Acholi or Lokoya.

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          • 5 November 2012 14:27, by Ruach

            Wrong static and the poorest statistician!Fuck your wicked statistic!We converted and we are still moving down like H2O to neutralize your dirty minds.Folks these usless konkoced families should disappear after 100year and they will declare themselves caa raan or I become human being because they like to be used as slaves by a brave man.It happened during the invasion of Pibor by great mighty Lou.

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            • 5 November 2012 14:32, by Ruach

              Nuer when they gave great thanks to 200 coward Jaang Buor to use them as cooks while the real men were facing the fights which silenced Murle/Jebeni up to dates.Your statistic report is invalid mr Mangoor

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          • 5 November 2012 14:59, by master

            dinka dom corruption
            i want to tell you something panic for u and tribe
            dinka will exterminate from ss at all
            it is a matter of time
            let your jewish state prodect u
            mark my word

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      • 5 November 2012 17:58, by Diu J.Kuek

        Dinka Dominated SPLA/M (Mr Mangoor) I got your personal email ID any how I will talk to you more please be reform,

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      • 5 November 2012 22:46, by dinkdong

        They kicked out the Human Right Watch personnel so that they can continue to committed theirs criminal acts. Freaking lawless country!

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    • 5 November 2012 10:36, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Some Nation within UN families are spy,and they are not competancy in doing their proper work than doing different things,we knew there is Human right violation in this new Nation because the majority tribes are still very primitives,special the Drinkas and Nuers plus Murle including Mudari and some parts of Lotuko.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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      • 6 November 2012 01:54, by aguotwany@live.com

        The expulsion great decision by the government of Juba, and this is one of the greatest step the government of the Republic of South, Sudan ever done. Ms Johnson probable working underground with the Khartoum government. Why there are weapons smuggled in Jongle using the UN transports and when asked never produce any explanation. She has some foreign agenda. She deserved to be kick out.

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        • 6 November 2012 03:09, by dinkdong

          Are you saying you likes raping and killing of innocent people, or you just don’t believe it? The raping had happened in Bor county earlier this year as the disarming campaign start off. It had also happened in Panriang where a little boy was rape by an SPLA soldier. So don’t be ignorant. Those are the very things we need Human Right Watch for.

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          • 6 November 2012 05:02, by aguotwany@live.com

            Dindong and everybody in this forum,
            We must stay competent and using the right logical which can explain who we are . We are the people of South, Sudan and will not care your vicinities just belief your are from the New nation, the Republic of South, Sudan. Let us forget all the negative and focus for what we will be. The truth and right direction toward the existence.
            Together we will win.

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    • 5 November 2012 10:55, by Ruach

      Maa Gat leat e jin leet

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  • 5 November 2012 07:54, by 4Justice
    • 5 November 2012 08:58, by 4Justice

      Professor Carroll Quigley of the School of Foreign Affairs at Georgetown wrote:

      "[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country, and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion, by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements, arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences." Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time. (p. 324)

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      • 5 November 2012 10:22, by Tutbol

        4justice.
        Good piece bro. put it this way, there are 5 permenant members @ UNSC, dictating what they think to whole world even if they know it is not right. & if u have guts say & won’t their demands. Then will say ok sanction ’em. These UNSC’s 5s make nasty crimes & no one sanction ’em or they don’t even self-sanction themselves and they want the whole to believe that they are god’s agents!..

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      • 5 November 2012 10:30, by Tutbol

        4justice.
        Good piece bro. put it this way, there are 5 permenant members @ UNSC, dictating to whole world what they think is JUST even if they know it is not JUST. & if the smaller nations say no & won’t meet their demands. Then they will say ok sanction ’em. These UNSC’s 5s make nasty crimes & no one sanction ’em or they don’t even self-sanction themselves and they want the whole to believe....

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        • 5 November 2012 10:54, by Tutbol

          Them that they are god’s agents.
          I long for that day when one of these monsterious countries at the 5-UNSC would be issued an economics sanction by the other 192 members of the UN and see how the ordinary citizens of that country will fair. To be closer to something that resembles in peace in this world , to is reform the 5-member arm of the UNSC. They have become God unto every other nations.

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      • 6 November 2012 05:04, by 4Justice

        The apex of the system was the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the worlds’ central banks which were themselves private corporations. The growth of financial capitalism made possible a centralization of world economic control and use of this power for the direct benefit of financiers and the indirect injury of all other economic groups." Ibid

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    • 6 November 2012 05:07, by 4Justice

      "There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960’s, to examine its papers and secret records." Ibid

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  • 5 November 2012 07:57, by Tutbol

    Who does this lady thinks she is to lecture on her so-called ’breached of legal obligation?’ so now human rights of S Sudanese are now more important than those in SK, SBN, Abyiei, fur, E sudan, Gaza and Tibet? Some these lowly individuals just flock to S Sudan & would want to preach their nonsenses based on ficticious assesments. Let her go & get a job else where. I wish the govt informs....

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    • 5 November 2012 08:12, by Tutbol

      the UN to set a time frame for the UN and her creepy agencies to go else where, we appreciate their helps and dedications to help us, but the becoming a great obstacle to our people unity. We are getting tired of being preached every day by some trashes of these agencies on how we abused our people. Yes some abuses have been committed by our army & police forces but they will be corrected by...

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      • 5 November 2012 08:30, by Tutbol

        S Sudanese & not by white trashes from a distant lands who only come & spend their few days in the hotels and report back craps to their bosses in NYC. How many abuses are commited every day by police in the countries, where the employees of these agencies come from & the UN don’t utter a damn word to condemn those govts? S Sudan is a young nation & so these UN’s trölls would flock here to bully?

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    • 5 November 2012 08:23, by Ruach

      All Human right violations are unknowingly committed by Jaang.There will be improvements. They don’t read or write an English Language which makes them notorious.They are not very seriuos,but remember these jang were trained by Arabs,culturally and physically they look like Arabs except some few in Jongle and iLake States.Those criminals are Warrap,Lake State gangsters with few from Bor

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      • 5 November 2012 08:37, by Robot

        In every Country that has Government, this are what happens. UN and the so called Hilde Johnson should bury their heads in the sand deep enough to cover their shame of not talking at critical things instead poking their noses at what South Sudan is doing to better itself up... SK, BN, DARFUR, ABYEI. does UN Operates efficiently where there is peace????.

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      • 5 November 2012 08:40, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Being a Nuer itself can denying you to be a human leave alone sense of human being,
        You people are really wicked, why do you always tell others people to work hard while you never work hard during the war between Dinka and Arab? Tell me where you not all nyagateen? Tell me where you not Bashir right hands tribes? Tell me where you not all against the Dinka? Please working hard is for those who a

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        • 5 November 2012 08:43, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          achieved something good before but not for those who join after seeing success coming in 2002, the one man I know my colleague is Hoth Mai whom you are all against his intelligence leadership behaviour, there will be no president among you if not James Hoth ma, being a Dinka person mean being a leader in both way,

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          • 5 November 2012 09:02, by Kurnyel

            The matter of human rights in S.Sudan is always against the will of Dinka and Dinkanuer that is why their gov’t is worry about it

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            • 5 November 2012 11:15, by Ruach

              Kurngoth and Mangoor:Both of you guys are confused sub human whose rotten mouths are full of nothing but violence.Dinka Nuer has never existed and will never exist. Who are committing daily and nights and crimes? They are not far from your Jaang Buor/slave narrowly born to rule a confusion that is not achievable!!

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            • 5 November 2012 11:15, by Ruach

              Kurngoth and Mangoor:Both of you guys are confused sub human whose rotten mouths are full of nothing but violence.Dinka Nuer has never existed and will never exist. Who are committing daily and nights and crimes? They are not far from your Jaang Buor/slave narrowly born to rule a confusion that is not achievable!!

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              • 6 November 2012 02:23, by panom lualbil

                I’M 100% agreed with explusion of Human Right Investigators becos they’re ONLY feed up by HATERS who are against SPLM. DR RIEK MACHAR 4 instance was supported by Khartoum and Human Right Watch [HRW] to topple late president [DR JOHN] during our hardship untill MASSACRED of DINKAS BOR when HRW distanced itself. Nevertheless, disarmament has now caused MURLEI to report nonsenses becos they wanted to make their living on DINKAS and NUERS regarding cattlerustling etc. However, HRW or so was seemed to take side. Is this HRW formed to support the right of self-interest ANYAGATES? Although SPLA has won through many of its back stabbers, MURLEI have to be investigated of why do they attack other communities now and then? Otherwise this HUMSS must be stupid enough to do so. But thank God that they gone.

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                • 6 November 2012 05:09, by Observer

                  Panom,
                  Can you translate what you are trying to say.
                  What does HRW have to do with UN?

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            • 5 November 2012 11:18, by Ruach

              Kurngoth and Mangoor:Both of you guys are confused sub human whose rotten mouths are full of nothing but violence.Dinka Nuer has never existed and will never exist. Who are committing daily and nights and crimes? They are not far from your Jaang Buor/slave narrowly born to rule a confusion that is not achievable!!

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  • 6 November 2012 00:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Oh..It looks like we are now in a collision course with the international community on the wrongs we do to some of our communities. Is it because we are wooing China to our side? What is then going to be the fate of liberal democracy? Many are discontented with what is going on in our homeland. what is really amiss? Correct that before we loose our entire entigrity.

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