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July 1, 2015 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government has urged the international community to withdraw a draft resolution aiming to appoint a special rapporteur to monitor and report on human rights in South Sudan.

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In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday the South Sudanese foreign ministry said a draft proposition to appoint the human rights rapporteur was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by the Troika countries and the European Union .

The sponsors of the draft resolution several times supported calls to release a report by the African Union Commission of inquiry on South Sudan, saying its publication is necessary to ensure that such violence against civilians cannot be undertaken with impunity.

"The Government of the Republic of South Sudan is perturbed by the proposition and having considered the gravity of this proposal carefully, wishes to vehemently register its objection (to the appointment of the special rapporteur)," said the foreign ministry.

Juba government reiterated that such demarche by the main sponsors of the IGAD-brokered peace process would negatively impact the ongoing efforts to achieve a lasting peace in the country.

"The government therefore appeals to Troïka and EU to withdraw this resolution. What South Sudan needs is support from Troïka, EU and the entire international community to reach peace settlement at the early possible time, and not to impose sanctions or appointing a special rapporteur," emphasised the foreign ministry.

The statement enumerated the steps and measures adopted by the government to ensure the protection of human rights and freedoms, pointing that the new state is a multiparty democracy and the rights and freedoms are enshrined in the South Sudanese transitional constitution.

In a report about the human rights situation released on Tuesday 30 June, the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) accused the South Sudanese army of committing widespread human rights abuses, including the alleged raping and immolation of women and girls.

UNMISS head, Ellen Margrethe Løj, called on the SPLA to allow UN human rights investigators to access the sites of the alleged atrocities.

“Revealing the truth of what happened offers the best hope for ensuring accountability for such terrible violence and ending the cycle of impunity that allows these abuses to continue,” said Løj.

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  • 2 July 2015 07:06, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is exactly what South Sudan needs. It is long overdue. The support Juba leadership is asking for is wrongly placed. No human being in a sober mood can support those who allow sovereignty as a cover to oppress, molest, mass murder its citizens. Support to them would mean involvement in the murder of innocent people. Screws should be tightened to these murderers who stole our country.

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    • 2 July 2015 08:13, by Mi diit

      It is always the thief that fears or rejects investigation over a stolen property.

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  • 2 July 2015 07:12, by Eastern

    The international community should not operate at the whines of the kleptocratic regime in Juba, they should decide and implement what is good for the ordinary poor South Sudanese. The Juba establishment is a shame to the whole world!

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  • 2 July 2015 08:21, by Mr Point

    The Juba gang, which started the civil war with the massacre of civilians, has always resisted any measures that would make it accountable or act constitutionally.

    The government claims measures like sanctions, a rapporteur, etc would be an obstacle to peace.

    So it continues with the pointless war and its forces continue to murder, rape and loot civilians.

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