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S. Sudanese official dismisses UN report accusing army of atrocities

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July 4, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s justice minister, Paulino Wanawila has strongly dismissed the United Nation’s recent report, which documentated cases of atrocities allegedly committed by the army in the oil-rich Unity state between April and June.

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A soldier from the South Sudanese army stands in front of a vehicle in South Sudan’s Unity State on 12 January 2014 (AP)

The report was based on interviews with 115 witnesses, many of whom accused the army of "raping and burning women and girls alive" in Unity state.

But the country’s justice minister remained adamant on the contents of the UN report.

“This report [was] made by some individuals who were not in the fighting [frontlines],” said Wanawila, while speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba on Friday.

"They [UN human rights officers] went there after fighting had finished and compiled a report without any eyewitness to testify on the act. So we I can’t agree anything on it,” he said, contradicting the UN’s earlier statement that none of its staff visited the warzone.

According to the world body’s damming report, evidences of rape, torching of homes and killing of women and children, were based on witnesses’ accounts in the oil-rich state.

The South Sudanese minister said that a competent court would not buy the UN report, which blamed forces loyal to President Salva Kiir of committing human rights abuses.

“Even if you take this case to the court now for judgment to be made it, the judge will throw it away. Someone can just report impossible things and say they are facts,” said Wanawila.

The nineteen months long conflict between soldiers allied to President Kiir and that those loyal to his former deputy, Riek Machar, have been accused by independent experts of committing crimes that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Thousands of people have died, millions forced away from their homes and an estimated three million others could starve to death due to lack of food, according to aid agencies.

Meanwhile, ongoing efforts by East Afican regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to end the war amicably, has not yielded any positive outcomes.

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  • 5 July 2015 09:37, by Dengda

    If I have right rather obligation to warn our people in authority to be very clever and smart in the way react and deal with international bodies about humanity crisis in South Sudan. I would say we should always being apologetic of own manmade disaster rather than being sceptical of our wrong deed. Quickly dismissing allegations always prove incompetency. likely it may fireback later than now.

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    • 5 July 2015 09:59, by Rami Tot

      the government kills so many people because they are nuer, the dinka government doesn,t care and consider the suffering people as the help from god eliminating them quietly through many ways simply like offensive taken to civilian areas there comes a chance of killing them through torture, starvation, burning destroying their properties and so on, so with the help our brothers from Bul Gatmanytuil

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      • 5 July 2015 10:06, by Rami Tot

        Gaatmanytuil

        will get their reword in God willing they destroys our image Bul not only among the nuer but also among 63 tribes out of Dinka who are the master minds the killing in juba.

        the Dinka are saying we are the government to world leaders and indirectly killing innocents through the power of government which world could not know yet we will not accepts that.

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