Home | News    Wednesday 1 July 2015

UN documents atrocities committed by S. Sudan army in Unity state

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 30, 2015 (JUBA) – United Nations (UN) investigations uncovered “disturbing” killing of civilians, rapes and abduction in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state between April and June, according to a statement released on Tuesday.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said it found “evidence of widespread human rights abuses allegedly committed” by government troops and allied militias.

“UNMISS staff members interviewed 115 victims and eyewitnesses from the Unity state counties of Rubkona, Guit, Koch, Leer and Mayom where the SPLA launched a major offensive against armed opposition (rebels) forces starting in late April 2015,” the world body said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

The survivors of these attacks reported that SPLA and allied militias from both Warrap state, home to president Salva Kiir and Mayom county of Bul-Nuer, a clan from the Nuer ethnic group, carried out a campaign against the local other ethnic Nuer populations that killed civilians, looted and destroyed villages and displaced over 100,000 people.

The report by UNMISS Human Right Division, dubbed as “atrocities committed in Greater Upper Nile Region” covers the period from April to June 2015. This is one of many similar human rights abuses committed since South Sudan conflict started in December 2013.

Fighters from the government of president Kiir and those of his former deputy, Riek Machar, have been alleged to have killed civilians on ethnicity and burnt villages.

UNMISS said the latest findings discovered “some of the most disturbing allegations compiled by UNMISS human rights in which women and young girls were raped and then burnt to death inside huts by the joint government troops and militia forces from Warrap and Mayom county.

“[UNMISS] officers focused on the abduction and sexual abuse of women and girls, some of whom were reportedly burnt alive in their dwellings,” the report further lamented.

“This recent upsurge [in fighting] has not only been marked by allegations of killing, rape, abduction, looting, arson and displacement, but by a new brutality and intensity,” UNMISS added.

UNMISS said that efforts by its staffs to visit sites of the alleged atrocities was denied though Sudan Tribune could not independently verify this. South Sudanese government also declined to comment on the report insisting that there was nothing “new in the latest accusations against the army,” according to officials at the ministry of foreign affairs.

SPLA spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, did not return several phone calls on Tuesday to comment on this story.

Ellen Margrethe Loej, the head of UNMISS, urged the government to end the cycle of violence against civilians and hold perpetrators accountable.

“We call on the SPLA to fulfil this commitment and allow our human rights officers unfettered access to the sites of these reported violations,” she said.

The eighteen months old conflict started within the ruling SPLM party in Juba over reforms and leadership issues which turned violent on 15 December 2013 between president Kiir and his former deputy, Machar, the now leader of the armed opposition.

Efforts by regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), to end the war amicably has not succeeded. IGAD has rescheduled a new phase for talks in July.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 1 July 2015 08:52, by dinkdong

    SPLA is full of indiscipline soldiers. Those arrogance sons of b!t©he§ from Bahr El Ghazal were likely to be the ones that committed those atrocities.

    repondre message

  • 1 July 2015 12:35, by Thondet Manyang

    I mention this before that let this UN be ready to record unforgetable movies. So,don’t worry!!!

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


What Makes an Uprising? 2021-09-03 17:29:45 By: Dr Lam Akol* In an undated article, Hon. Atem Garang de Kuek discussed what was required for an uprising in South Sudan to succeed as did three uprisings in the recent history of Sudan (...)

Is IGAD partly responsible for current confusion in South Sudan? 2021-08-21 09:41:17 By Bol Khan In April 2016, Radio Tamazuj posted and answered questions about the fainting Security arrangements or demilitarization of the capital, Juba as stipulated in 2015's signed ARCSS and (...)

South Sudan People Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) is to create warlords 2021-08-19 11:06:28 By Steve Paterno In South Sudan, where just about everyone has access to guns (tons of them), and almost every ambitious politician is a potential warlord, any slight destabilization of the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Statemeny bu Hala al-Karib to UN Security Council on women conditions in Sudan 2021-09-15 11:59:16 Statement by Ms Hala Al-Karib to the UN Security Council 14 September 2021 Madam President, Excellencies, My name is Hala Al-Karib and I am the Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative (...)

Joint Communiqué on the visit of H.E. the Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan to Juba 2021-08-23 11:23:26 19 – 21 August 2021 His Excellency Dr Abdallah Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan and Chairperson of IGAD, accompanied by Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Trade, (...)

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.