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South Sudan calls for joint investigation into UN alleged sexual abuses

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Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Sylivia Adzo Sowlitse commands the Ghanaian police unit at the UN protection p site in Bentiu, on 19 September 2017 (UNMISS photo)
March 2, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government Friday demanded to be associated with the investigation into sexual abuses allegations committed by Ghanaian police officers at camp for internally displaced persons in Wau state.

On 24 February, The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirmed the allegations of sexual crimes and announced that the investigation would be carried out by an independent office within the United Nations the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).

On Friday, the South Sudanese foreign ministry summoned the UNMISS chief of staff to inform him of the dissatisfaction and condemnation of its government for the sexual abuse on civilians they were supposed to be protected by its police.

"We urge UNMISS to agree to an independent or joint investigation, and not to smuggle out the culprits until these investigations are concluded and offenders brought to book for their actions,” said a statement released by the ministry after the meeting.

Also, South Sudanese Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Baak Valentino Wol told reporters after the meeting they do not trust a probe carried out by a UN agency on an alleged crime committed by a UN peacekeeper.

"We want an independent or joint investigation because we don’t believe that an investigation conducted by one of their agencies or one of their employees would be fair and just," said John Andruga, director of international organizations at the South Sudanese foreign ministry.

In its statement, the foreign ministry further pointed that the matter had been raised in the parliament and the MPs "debated this incident of abuse of our innocent women and girls in Wau," and have strongly "condemned the UN Police force for betraying the trust of our people".

The South Sudanese courts cannot try the Ghanaian peacekeepers because they are protected by their diplomatic immunity which prevents from prosecuting by the country in which they commit rape or sexual abuse.

The Ghanaian government condemned the alleged abuse and expressed readiness to cooperate with the UN in this respect. Also, the Ghanaian police administration requested to permit a three-member team to be immediately deployed into the mission area for a better understanding of the incident.

In a related development, the foreign ministry pointed to the increasing reports notified to the UNMISS about crimes across the capital city committed by criminals residing inside the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba.

"The latest examples include the recent incident where criminals walked from inside UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) Poc (protection of civilians) camp 3, in Jebel, Juba, and kidnapped three brothers and murdered them in cold blood, and walked into UNMISS camp," said the foreign ministry.

In a statement about this matter, Andruga told the press that this issue had been discussed with the UN mission.

"We are demanding that the POC 3 site in Juba be closed down," said the South Sudanese diplomat, adding they are still waiting for the response.

The UNMISS estimates that over 35,000 people are residing at its three PoC sites in Juba.

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  • 2 March 22:47, by South South

    Government of South Sudan should through quick punches on UNMISS and don’t let them recover from this shameful sex allegation.

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    • 3 March 03:25, by dinkdong

      South Sudan gov’t should investigate the sexual abuses committed by the SPLA on their watch. How about that?! Hypocrites!

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    • 3 March 03:27, by Games

      South South
      You Dinka and your SPL-JCE have had done lots of horrible things to people of S. Sudan compared to that mimor incident The UN guards did in WAU. Let wait for the investigation first before pointing figures to UN. It could be Dinka SPL-JCE soliders that dresses like UN and went to the displaced persons camp looking for women and girls
      Who knows

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      • 3 March 06:32, by South South

        Games,

        You are really very disgrace to South Sudan. Foreigners to have sex with vulnerable South Sudanese women which they claim they are protecting them is minor incident to you. UN has zero tolerance with sex activities with the people are protecting, so we should hold them high responsibility. Some people in UN, not all of them are in South Sudan for jobs only.

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      • 3 March 08:55, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Games

        You will blame Jieng, even when your penis refuse erect, to enjoy sex with your madam, you can blame it on jieng, your madness toward dinka will take you nowhere,, get me well. What happen in wau POCS, It haven,t connection with jieng, UN itself prove that 40 Ganan police where involve in sexual abuse.

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    • 3 March 07:23, by Eastern

      South South,

      This is a slap on the face of the regime. The Juba establishment has long lost the name government. Where do you have citizens sheltered by the UN and their female folk are forced to exchange sex for material gain because of the desperation created by the regime?

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      • 3 March 09:21, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Eastern

        Are you blind both eye & heart? You just try to reasoning well, and balance it, who create this instability in our country? Aren,t powers greedy? Those who mobilise theirs tribes to topple elected gov,t, are the ones created this mess we are in today, but your blind heart fail to reason and blind eye fail to see.

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        • 3 March 15:35, by Eastern

          Tong,

          Kiir was emboldened by his dinka people to be GREEDY FOR POWER when he ring-fenced the contest for the Chair of the nefarious organisation called SPLM. Kiir’s position in SPLM is not casted in stone. If you continue peddling this nonsense of POWER HUNGRY with the hope that I will change my thinking towards the regime, better try something else!

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          • 3 March 18:51, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Eastern

            Salva Kiir is elected president, he didn,t grab power, we where vote him in, if you don,t want him, you should vote him out, through ballot paper but not bullet, as you though.

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      • 3 March 14:58, by South South

        Eastern,

        You just brought up an interesting topic. Those IDPs in Wau camp, Malakal camp and Juba camp are their for political reason. IN Malakal, some of IDPs come out during the day to run businesses in the town, then at night they go back to UN camp. In Juba, they are doing the same thing. On February 20, 2018, in Juba, UN brought out from the camp 100s of young people to sit for secondary exam

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        • 3 March 15:38, by Eastern

          South South,

          These IDPs are being protected from regime predators. It’s this predatory nature of the regime that has forced some South Sudanese into the PoCs. Being confined there, the women didn’t have means to survive and some long dicks from West Africa has their spare money in their pockets. The rest as they say is history.......

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          • 3 March 17:05, by South South

            Eastern,

            You make me laugh with your description of West Africa manhood. One can say, OK when the war started some people were very confusion and very afraid to be killed, but now, no one is killing in Juba or Wau or Malakal. In Wau, some of IDPs are in catholic church, which is a very open area. Anyone can enter and get out as he/she wants. Let them come out now and go back to their homes.

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  • 3 March 01:07, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    You Duku Andruga has closed down your village Kerepi to locals by inviting criminal militia from Bahr el ghazal to kill your people and now you are asking for more human settlements places to close, may God who is omnipresent curse you and your family to hell for doing so.

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  • 3 March 05:25, by Kush Natives

    U.N. Secretary-General must be accountable for the massive amounts of rapes that took place since and before South Sudan an independent. U.N. must answer the rape culture that they brought to this holiland of kush! Those who accused must be brought into book by international and South Sudan criminal court. We’re not playing this time around.

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    • 3 March 05:37, by Games

      Idiot Kush
      UN doesn’t rape or abusing the civil population. You and yours others lowlife Dinka are the ones destroyed the country. UN is in the country to save lives and feeds those were abandoned by your greedy rotten regime

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      • 3 March 13:18, by Kush Natives

        Games/slave,
        U.N. is just a brand just as other business name. If U.N. hired an idiot like you, why not massive amounts of rapes could be impossible? No one can differentiate between U.N. and rebels at this juncture. Now, we got it, country side is occupied by IO rappers and U.N. as an internal rappers. If the government failed to take rebels court, because they can’t be found nowhere, we will tak

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    • 3 March 06:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      It is like a culprit asks to investigate a fellow culprit!! South Sudan is notorious for rewarding rapists, killers and thieves with promotions. What actually happened in Wau is UNMISS policemen bought sex from local womenfolk and it did not please the population of the place. It should be noted Wau has no official sex industry. So that is expected.

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  • 3 March 06:44, by Sunday Junup

    Nothing impossible under Jieng Council of Evil (JCE)
    They learned from Anyor boys in Wau! It is now lawlessness country

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    • 3 March 13:23, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      Yes, nothing impossible for us, we’re taking your godfather to the court for the rape culture abuses. We don’t need losers like you to comment nonsense propaganda here!

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  • 3 March 11:24, by Peng Kimang

    Andruga, a jenge puppet, is it not shameful for you to act in that manner? Did you ever condemn all the jenge systematic atrocities perpetuated on non jenges, mass raping, killings and other inhuman acts conducted? I’m sure women from your own village have been raped and men brutally killed by this very jenge cohorts you are advocating for. You have never spoken or come out boldly as you did now.

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