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AU condemns sexual violence acts in war-torn S. Sudan

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September 21, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – Members of the African Union Peace and Security Council have strongly condemned all acts of sexual and gender based violence and recruitment of children into military activities in South Sudan, calling on the coalition government to immediately initiate full investigations into these alleged crimes and bring the perpetrators to book without any further delays.

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Displaced civilians make their way to the UN base in Jonglei capital Bor following the outbreak of violence in the country (Photo: UNMISS)

In a communiqué issued at the end of its 720th meeting held on 20 September 2017, calls were also made to all the parties involved in the South Sudanese conflict to allow free and unhindered access of the humanitarian actors to the affected civilian population.

It urged coalition government to take full responsibility for ensuring the protection of civilians and the security of humanitarian workers.

The communiqué further commended neighboring states for providing support and assistance to the growing numbers of displaced people and calls on the international community to continue providing assistance to the displaced South Sudanese and the host countries, given the impact on economies of these nations.

Members of the continental body also urged the regional bloc (IGAD) to provide an update on the progress made with regard to the High-Level Revitalization Forum initiative in order for Council to take appropriate measures in support of the decisions of the forum.

According to the AU Peace and Security Council members, the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) remains the only viable option towards addressing the current political, social, economic and security challenges facing war-torn South Sudan and to achieve sustainable peace.

It, however, expressed its profound “disappointment” over what it described as the slow implementation of the ARCSS, thus far, which is reportedly having serious consequences on people of South Sudan.

Also of concern, the AU Council said, is the unabated continued fighting in South Sudan and calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities. The Council strongly urged all stakeholders, including armed groups, to commit to a permanent ceasefire.

It further emphasized that there can be no military solution to the crises in South Sudan and calls upon the leadership and other stakeholders in the country to demonstrate the required political commitment and will, without which there is no viable alternative.

Meanwhile, the AUPSC members lauded efforts by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni towards facilitating the reunification of different factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) aimed at bringing back the much-needed unity and common purpose and expresses its support to the initiative.

It encouraged the various factions of the SPLM to participate in the process in good faith and reach a compromise in order to create an environment conducive for the full implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement.

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  • 22 September 2017 10:18, by Eastern
  • 22 September 2017 11:15, by Deng Marham

    I think this issue of sexual violence will not be a matter as you the African Union AU with continental powers for creating a lasting peace in every African country are working very hard day & night. And also as people like me the youth and civil society organisations representive based in Northern Barh el Ghazal, Aweil west county head quator Nyamlel do seriously condemns and decampeigns sexual a

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  • 22 September 2017 11:21, by Deng Marham

    cont. nd gender base violences.

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    • 22 September 2017 11:33, by Eastern

      Deng Marham,

      I am based in Udhum but at the moment, I have come to Nyamlel so as to be able to access the internet. Can we talk over lunch...?

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  • 22 September 2017 12:09, by Deng Marham

    Eastern, am now in Aweil town

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  • 22 September 2017 12:22, by Deng Marham

    We would have talk over lunch as you requested. You know sharing creats friendship and it is also a sign of peace.

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    • 22 September 2017 15:11, by Eastern

      Deng Marham,

      Peace. Let’s meet next time when you are around.

      Eastern

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      • 22 September 2017 20:18, by Deng Marham

        Okay Eastern, we will meet.

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        • 23 September 2017 07:09, by South South

          Deng Marham,

          Please do not waste your time with Eastern about meeting him. This guy hate Dinka tribe. The reason he mentioned a few names of some towns in Northern Bhar Gazal is because he used to live in Aweil in 1970s, so you are dealing with an old man who is a big lair. Currently, he lives in USA for your information.

          As for this topic, we all should stand against raping, period.

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          • 23 September 2017 12:50, by Eastern

            South South,

            Leave Deng Marham alone..!Last time when I was in Juba, I invited you for tea at Munuki Mia Saba (107) but you were no where to be seen. My wife is a dinka but I hate the dinka culture of arrogance under the guise of bravery...We can as well meet on the Sudan Tribune Facebook. I am in Aweil West..

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  • 22 September 2017 15:17, by lou nuer

    AU condemns SGBV while people are dying every time and then. Since you know so far from South Sudan and Sudan that their differences were not solved by themselves or through war it was coordination by the world body no one with interest like what IGAD Countries do right now. national Dialgues is very useless and stipid from the beginning till the end. Unless 2015 peace implementation by sigantory

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  • 22 September 2017 17:37, by Naath

    AU is another criminals organization that was formed to roam around Africa doing nothing. The majority of AU members have been bribedby Salva Kiir just like IGAD. Their condemnation of sexual violence is shallow. They know exactly which party has been committing untold crimes but they still pass vague of condemnation of the rival parties.

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  • 22 September 2017 20:30, by lino

    Laplaplaplap...eat anyjera, drink Pepsi, drink whiskey, pack up and go home...next meeting the same and no change...

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    • 23 September 2017 12:52, by Eastern

      Typical Habesha lifestyle...?

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