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UN report confirms rape cases in South Sudan’s Unity

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Residents of Bentiu Protection of Civilians site pictured on 15 February 2016 (UNMISS photo)
February 15, 2019 (JUBA) - Over 134 women have been subjected to sexual violence by the government army and allied forces in the Unity region from September to December 2018, said a joint report released by the UN human rights body (OHCHR) and UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Friday.

The report confirms allegations published in November 2018 but dismissed at the time by the South Sudanese authorities. Furthermore, it points to the lack of accountability as the main cause of these crimes.

The investigation had on sexual violence in the northern South Sudan region had been launched in November 2018 after a report by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) a medical humanitarian group about rapes in Rubkona County of Northern Liech State between 19 and 29 November 2018.

At the time, UNMISS and IGAD peace implementation organs condemned the attacks. Also, UNMISS Human Rights Division (HRD) from 4 to 24 December 2018, conducted an investigation into these reports and its findings are contained in the 21-page report seen by Sudan Tribune.

"Between September and December 2018, HRD corroborated 134 cases of rape or gang rape and 41 cases of other forms of sexual and physical violence including one case of unlawful killing, as well as flogging, beatings, sexual molestation and forced nudity," said the report.

The authors underscored that these numbers "are likely under-representative of the full scale of the crisis (full scale of sexual violence)", due to the difficulties encountered in accessing some survivors.

In its report, the MSF said 125 women had been raped between 19 to 29 November while the HRD put it a 134 rape case from September to December 2018.

In their report, OHCHR and UNMISS pointed out that the sexual assaults were committed by SPLA- Taban Deng elements, the government forces, SSPDF.

"A few cases were committed by elements of the pro-Riek Machar SPLA-IO (SPLA-IO (RM)). Youth militias affiliated with SPLA-IO (TD) are believed to have been involved in the perpetration of a significant number of cases as well," further stressed the report.

All the victims were Nuer and were attacked on roads and footpaths near Guit and Nhialdiu as they were travelling to (or returning from) Bentiu, or after leaving the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in search of firewood in the nearby locations.

The report urged a committee appointed by President Salva Kiir on 19 December 2018 to carry out "a prompt, effective and impartial investigation" into these allegations of sexual and to identify the perpetrators of these attacks.

Last December, Northern Liech authorities but also a national committee led by South Sudanese minister of gender, child and social welfare said the allegations included in MSF report were "unfounded and baseless"

However, on 15 December, President Kiir established another national committee with greater investigative powers headed by the minister of gender, child and social welfare. In addition, this one includes officials from the army, interior ministry and the national security service.

However, on 21 December, the security authorities in Bentiu restricted the travel of MSF personnel working in the Bentiu area until the completion of the new national investigation. This restriction was reportedly lifted on 23 January when the investigation committee returned to Juba.

The joint investigation committee emphasized that the lack of accountability was one of the major factors of these crimes.

It indicated that a general of the SPLA-IO Taban Deng had been identified in a previous report as responsible for "gross human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law" committed in April - May 2018. But this report had not been taken in consideration by the government as he was integrated into the SSDPF and now commands troops accused of committing sexual attacks deployed in Guit and Rubkona counties.

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  • 16 February 06:38, by Eastern

    No where is this FILTHY dinka woman called Awud Deng Acuil...?! This woman was quickly dispatched by Kiir to Bentiu to cover up for the acts of the long dicks. Now let the regime STOP ANY UN staff leaving South Sudan until this latest report is proven to the contrary, WASAKA...!

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    • 16 February 12:56, by jubaone

      Eastern
      Taban’s affiliates, SSDinka Forces all raping Nuer women? It’s mind-boggling. How then can Nuers claim they were butchered by jienges in Juba in 2013, when those Nuer men supposed to defend their women go raping them themselves? Nuer women have no value at all. Sad. Some of these pregnant women will produce bastardized kids who later on become rapists or prostitutes.

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      • 16 February 13:02, by jubaone

        This explains why Nuers in Juba PoCs don’t dare return to their luaks irrespective of whether Taban, Dr.Riek, Ruai Koang, Kew Gatluak and all other Nuer sellouts are in govt. Nuers are like a vehicle 🚗 that can be driven by anyone to anywhere and everywhere so jienges are taking advantage of that. As Equatorians,we have stopped pitying Nuers, we can’t change them. We care for ourselves first.

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        • 16 February 13:15, by jubaone

          Eastern
          Since the Tabanists, SSDinka Forces are trigger-happy just as they are horny to kill and rape Nuer women, why do we as Equatorians think that will be different with our women? All our able youth and defenders of our women must join NAS to stop this nonsense. Their societies are culturally and morally roten and these miscreants want to export their societal shit 💩 to us. NO.NO.NO 👐.

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          • 16 February 15:36, by Eastern

            jubaone,

            The most demeaning thing is this widespread rape of Nuer women goes on without the ever-silent Dr. Machar making any statement lest the Dinka temper with his upcoming FVP office! A cantonment site for the mathing Anyoors is being planned on the graveside of Dr Macha’s father in Leer; what a fuck....?!

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            • 17 February 03:28, by Pakuai

              Eastern and jubaone,
              You foreign trolls would never tire of these nonsenses are you? This piece of trash was circulated a month or so ago by the NGOs that 135 Nuer women were rapped in former unity state. Something that was later shredded into pieces after investigation. But as far as l am concerned, this latest alleged rapes of another 135 Nuer women was posted by some creeps to rhyme with another story that the government spent US$ 135,000 to renovate the vice presidents residences>>>

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              • 17 February 03:40, by Pakuai

                I am not 100% certain that 135,000 was spent on vice presidents residences renovation, l will have to fact it myself. But that can happen. Isn’t this negotiators and their puppets/stooges want in South Sudan. Four (4) vice presidents and over 600 MPs. I don’t how are MPs be found when there would election by then? The would be hand picked by rebel leaders l guess. The kind of democracy being experimented here in South Sudan doesn’t exist elsewhere on planet earth, but South Sudanese are very special species with very dark complexion and love to be presidents or vice presidents at one, here we go!>>>

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                • 17 February 03:52, by Pakuai

                  Back to rape of Nuer women in former Unity states, what is special about those Nuer women? Are they the most beautiful women in South Sudan, not really whatsoever. The game here is, for the UN and the NGOs to remain relevant in South Sudan and to always get some fundings, these stories won’t go away and time soon. The UN and the NGOs are being slowly by slowly being chase away being stricter with their scams in other countries. But they seem to have won a lottery here in South Sudan because we have many losers and foreign puppets who don’t know the politics of the NGOs>>>

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                  • 17 February 04:09, by Pakuai

                    In Malawi, the NGOs are so powerful than even elected government of Malawi. And that the NGOs would to extend to South Sudan. South Sudan and North Sudan are chosen as would be UN and juus (so-called israel) NEW WORLD ORDER government experiment grounds. That North Sudan, ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya or Zimbabwe are going to be made "mnufacturing centres" by rich Europeans, gulf Arab states, juus (so-called israelis), rich American bankers from Wall street, rich Asians, Indians or even rich Africans or others who have stashed away their loots in offshore accounts in Nairobi, Adis Ababa, Journesberg, Dubai, London, British virgin Islands, Bahamas, Panama, Cayman Islands or other shady countries>>>>

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                    • 17 February 04:21, by Pakuai

                      Internal refugees centres like in Bentiu, Malakal, Akoba, here in Bor, Way, Juba, Northern Uganda, Kakuma, Dabab, Gambella region, central North Sudan, Darfur, Abyei, Central Africa republic (CAR), DR Congo et all would also be turned to slum areas to provide cheap labour to be to produce the goods with pittant slave wages. And the resources from South Sudan, CAR, DR Congo and other African countries with foolish leaders and citizenry would be used to sustain the evil Europeans, their evil juus (so-called israelis), gulf Arab states and Americans dirty project and cheap intrigue>>>

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                      • 17 February 04:36, by Pakuai

                        The UN peacekeeping force here would be the ones to protect the UN, their MGOs, the UK and allies dirty project from the South Sudanese savages and the Indians, Pakistanis, Bangaledeshis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans, Rwandans, Kenyans, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), Mongolians and others would be the South Sudan’s army and police. And the SPLA would be force to retire. a guy like Paul Kagame or Barack Obama or Susan Rice can be easily brought to South Sudan to teach South Sudanese savages about leadership and management and how to write good empty speeches about the leadership and the world affairs!! Good luck to the evils>>>

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                        • 17 February 04:54, by Pakuai

                          This whole dirty and sinister scheme are about to *stop West Africans, North Africans, Eritereans, Abeshas (so-called Ethiopians) or Africans from going to so-called israel, to gulf Arab states or crossing Mediterranean sea to Europe to and cross problems to those countries high societies. This cheap and dirty project is not tied to foolish countries, their foolish leaders and citizenry, it has also be devised in South America countries of Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador, etc and many losers from those African countries would never be allowed to go and rape ANGLO-AMERICAN women. But fellows, the reasons as to why the evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their NGOs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states financiers and some of their creepy allies here even our own region love affair with our country and our people>>>

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                          • 17 February 05:00, by Pakuai

                            And gone too far and the evils are going to shown their right place out of our country, our people and even out of Africa to be precise. South Sudan is not part if the damned evil so-called ANGLO-AMERICAN empire, never has and will never ever will and South Sudanese people are not the damned so-called ANGLO-AMERICAN empire’s subjects or slaves, never has and will never will. Fellows, watch this space.

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  • 17 February 02:43, by Atemjak

    There is nothing new here other than the same way the use to insert South Sudanese in order to keep their jobs and at the same time implement the ideology of WESTERN that it either We in South Sudan or it go down to fail state. But let me remind them that South Sudanese has refused war and choose dialogues as mean of addressing differences. I don’t support this regime but i rejects violence as

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  • 17 February 02:48, by Atemjak

    As mean of addressing problems and i believed millions of South Sudanese believed in none violence too. We refuse to be used as a tools to destroy ourselves So UN as a tool of WESTERN should know that we are watching them carefully and every move they take.

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