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UN to investigate “continued” extrajudicial killings in S. Sudan

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January, 21, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations on Tuesday expressed concerns over the “continued” extra-judicial killings in South Sudan, saying it will investigate all reports received on the matter.

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Some of the displaced people heading to the UN premises in Juba, December 17, 2013 (Photo: Moses Lomayat)

Speaking at a briefing on the South Sudan situation, Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for the UN Secretary General said its mission had improved patrol activities, having conducted 49 police and 112 military patrols in Juba, Unity State and Upper Nile State capitals.

The violence that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December has since killed in excess of 1,000 people and displaced nearly 500,000 civilians, UN figures show. As many as 80,000 people have also fled the new nation into neighbouring Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

ARMY CONTROLS MALAKAL

The UN has also confirmed that the South Sudanese army (SPLA) appears to be in control of Malakal, the Upper Nile capital, after heavy fighting with anti-government forces on Monday.

“This Mission reports continued small scale fighting in the town today,” said Haq, further citing reports of rising tensions in Unity state with the SPLA reportedly advancing towards Leer town.

According to the world body, relative has now returned to the vicinity of its base in Bor, the Jonglei state capital, currently comprising 1,000 UN troops and police protecting 10,000 civilians sheltered at its protection site.

“The mission continues efforts to organise resupply flights from Juba to its bases in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity States”, Haq stressed.

REITERATES MANDATE

Meanwhile, the UN mission in South Sudan vowed to continue protecting the over 70,000 civilians inside its bases in eight locations across the country, emphasising that it would continue keeping its gates open to all civilians fleeing the violence.

It, however, urged government leaders and all public figures to desist from making public statements and comments that could cause further violence.

“Comments by senior public figures, from both the government and the anti-government side, against the mission, risk inflaming the situation and being taken by others as incitement to violence against civilians sheltering inside UNMISS bases and against UN personnel”, said Haq.

In such a volatile situation, it is a time for careful, measured public statements, aimed at calming, not inflaming, the situation, he added.

A senior South Sudan government minister, along with SPLA soldiers on Sunday, attempted to forcefully enter the mission’s protection site in Bor, an action strongly condemned by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

“We condemn the threats made against UN personnel and demand that all parties to the conflict respect the sanctity of UNMISS protection sites”, partly read Ki Moon’s statement.

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  • 22 January 07:34, by Tong dut

    Kiir will not tell right information,Nuer was killed in good number and still they are going on killing people, He will sent U N out of sudan.

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    • 22 January 08:00, by Beny yomnhoi

      No stability in a country mix with UN mandate,they transport ammunition to rebel which are fighting government which mean the want to generate money according to the crisis in that country.let UN go so that we have peace in our country.

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      • 22 January 09:26, by Mi diit

        Where in the report did the UN say that the SPLA appeared to be in control of Malakal? Don’t lie on behalf of the UN. Maybe talk about Bentiu because Malakal now is under the control of the rebels.

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    • 22 January 08:01, by Yuol

      Dear Bro
      it is upon Nuer to indict Dr. Riek who exploited Nuer in the name of Ngundeng. superstitious Riek will Kill Nuer tribe all unless people stop following his stupid ideas. Whole of greater Upper Nile region is now reduced to ashes while other parts of s.Sudan are progressing in term of edu. Development, business among others. why would you fight enemy among your kids?

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      • 22 January 09:30, by Mi diit

        Really? Let’s wait and see...

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      • 22 January 12:37, by Native Boy

        Excellent Mr Yuol.
        You have a point to be internalized and studied correctly.
        It paints my heart when this "political deadlock under Kiir’s leadership" in the so called SPLM party which without political patience errupted to Militery resort, is called "Dinka vs Nuer War" ignoring deliberately that RSS doesn’t belong to these ethnicity. Something I don’t just know the logic!
        The point is,

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      • 22 January 12:46, by Native Boy

        Who is Reik to our Nuer’s tribe and clans. He luerer us to several unnecessary mistakable rebelions which at the end we stand paying the price. What exactly was his role to us as tribe when in leadership in Khartoum and S.Sudan. Whats that truelly important, him being the president of RSS or what destination does he want to lead us into?
        If it was politics, thank God he a doctor now, why can’t he

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      • 22 January 12:57, by Native Boy

        use his doctorate to resolve these political differences as our elite and technocrate to reshape this gov’t in a peaciful manner other than pooring our blood as a ramson to his kind of leadership? Otherwise, we need to question credibility of his doctorate.
        These should have been questions the other Nuer intellectuals whould post into their minds instead of taking quik side or holding hands back.

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        • 22 January 14:11, by Sudan virus

          Naitive boy you are right.We are now Africans in our own land South Sudan. Let our educated people teach us how to handle our disputes responsibly and peaceful-not by use of gun.This is bad example to our up coming generation.
          For instance, if a bad leader doesn’t want to leave leadership , then the educated South Sudanese should have to organize us for demonstration and over throw the GVT.

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  • 22 January 08:21, by Deng Tut

    The crimes committed against innocent Civilians in Juba during the day one until now Kiir continuous killing many of them. UN have enought evidence concerning the genocide committed by Dinka, the only soluation is to take Salva Kiir to ICC with those General in the SPLA army that belong to Kiir Govt.

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    • 22 January 09:29, by mathem jech amer

      You yourself take him to ICC

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