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UN rights commissioners concerned by attacks on S. Sudan aid workers

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Non-food items distributing to IDPS by the UNHCR workers in Maridi on 4 March 2016 (ST Photo)
August 24, 2018 (JUBA) - A visiting delegation of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan Friday voiced concerns about the growing attack on aid workers in Yei as result of the multiplication of the rebel splinter groups.

A three-member delegation of the UN Human rights commission in South Sudan concluded its fifth field visit to the country from (20 to 24 August) where they met government officials, civil society groups, religious leaders, foreign diplomats and UNMISS official including David Shearer the head of the peacekeeping mission.

The delegation headed by Yasmin Sooka visited IDPs camps including the including UNMISS Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites in Juba Wau and Yei, to meet the people living there, community leaders and civil society organisations.

In a press conference held in the UNMISS headquarters in Juba, the Commission’s chairperson Sooka pointed out to the notable decrease in political violence in the country following the recent progress in the IGAD-mediated peace process.

Nonetheless, she said alarmed by an increase of attacks on aid workers in the troubled Yei River State and attributed the lack of security to the proliferation of divided armed groups.

"Humanitarians have increasingly come under attack by various armed groups including government soldiers," she told reporters.

In April and June 2018, armed groups abducted humanitarian working in the troubled state accusing them of spying for the South Sudanese government. Also, a UN soldier was killed in an ambush on a humanitarian convoy in the area.

The visiting commission members said there is no accountability for the crimes and atrocities committed by the government or rebel forces in the border area with Uganda. Also, they pointed out the notable number of abandoned babies born of rape.

The delegation members will conduct separate visits to South Sudanese refugees in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda from 25 to 29 August. Following what, they will meet African Union and IGAD officials in Addis Ababa on 30-31 August.

The Human rights commissioners, also, called on the South Sudanese government to address the issue of land grabbing in Yei and to take the necessary measures to give back lands to its owners.

"Houses are being occupied by other ethnic groups. Many feel frustrated at the government’s inaction on the return of land and homes to their original owners and I think this is going to be a major challenge in the country as the peace implementation begins to take place," stressed the head of the visiting delegation.

(ST)

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  • 25 August 2018 09:43, by Pakuai

    "UN rights commissioners concerned by attacks on aid workers"
    These bunch of foreign criminals posing as UN & human rights bullsh*ts are going to be killed all of them, I mean all of them if the evils don’t get the hell out of our country & over our people. Let the evils bring their damn evil long noses into my home state of Jonglei & they will be dead>>>

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    • 25 August 2018 09:48, by Pakuai

      Whoever want the damn so-called "UN, human rights, so-called humanitarian aid, donations & peacekeeping" in our country must come out & tell the South Sudanese people & their villages would be given those so-called UN & their human rights business scams in their villages>>>>

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      • 25 August 2018 10:08, by Pakuai

        Mr. Riek Machar, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol, Adwok Nyabe, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nyandeng her & others. Those losers, foreign puppets/stooges, thieves & traitors I mentioned above are wanted by some criminals in the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, their cloned arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states financiers & some of their creepy allies in between>>>

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        • 25 August 2018 10:15, by Pakuai

          back in power in our country at all costs so that the evils would come & plunder our country, but that is not gonna happen under the sun----from ’Tanzania, Kenya, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, North Sudan’. My fellow South Sudanese fools, war is here. And we will never ever welcomed any evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs>>>

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          • 25 August 2018 10:20, by Pakuai

            and some of their creepy allies in between who love our country & our people so much & we don’t like them back. My lowly informed South Sudanese fools, we have been here in South Sudan before there was the US, the UN, their so-called evil juus, their gulf cloned arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states, English people, Abesh (so-called ethiopians)>>

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            • 25 August 2018 10:26, by Pakuai

              gulf Arab states and some of their creepy allies in between. And they have taken our country as their bargaining chips & blackmails simply because there are some of South Sudanese fools who believe in those vermins. There will be no evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states financiers, cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan & some of their creepy allies>>>

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              • 25 August 2018 10:27, by Pakuai

                here in South Sudan, reason, pure HATRED & RACISM. Fellows, were hare. Watch this space.

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