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S. Sudan army investigating human rights abuses: spokesperson

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July 23, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army said it had launched investigations into a Human Rights Watch report accusing its forces of killing civilians in Unity state.

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South Sudan army spokesperson Phillip Aguer (AP)

The army spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer, said the report from the rights entity was not different from the United Nation’s recent report on atrocities allegedly committed by government forces.

“The SPLA command is conducting an investigation into the report to know exactly where the alleged violations took place,” said Aguer.

“If it is proved that the SPLA soldiers or officers carried out such violations, definitely this is against our rules of [military] engagement that prohibit any killings of innocent civilians and violations of the rights,” he told reporters in Juba on Thursday.

The HRW reported disclosed at least 63 rape cases, killing of 60 people and the crushing of civilians as they fled the army and allied militia from Bul Nuer. Similar allegations by survivors and witnesses were documented by UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in June in an investigation carried out by its human rights department.

Aguer said the United States-baesd rights groups and the United Nations should accept the army’s invitation to work together to prove any wrongdoing by government forces.

“We are committed to accountability and we are sure that if human rights or United Nations writing on the ground are committed, we are ready to go to the ground to carry out joint investigation into these allegations,” he said.

Both government and rebels forces loyal to former vice president Riek Machar have been accused in the past of committing human rights violations that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. They both vowed to investigate the matter, but in vain.

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  • 24 July 2015 04:51, by Mi diit

    Philip Aguer is a liar. When did SPLA ever successfully investigate any crime its members committed. From Wau massacre, to Yambio massacre, to killings of Isaiah Abraham to massacre of the Nuer in Juba, massacre of Madi in Nimule, Murle in Pibor, etc, etc. No body was named responsible and prosecuted. It is a useless song.

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  • 24 July 2015 08:42, by Joseph Canada

    THE LAIR AGUER HAVE STARTED HIS USUAL LIE THINKING THIS INE WILL BE BETTER THAN THE USUAL ONE. SPLA ALWAYS LOOT, RAPE AND STILL. THIS IS SPECIALLY DONE BY ONE TRIBE IN THE ARMY. THEY KILL AND THEY COVER. THEY PROTECT THEIR BROTHERS WHO KILL PEOPLE IN THEIR LAND BY COMIGN T THE TV AND CLAIMING THAT THE REBELS HAVE EMERGED. SOON YOU WILL SEE. INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE!! KEEP LYING.

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  • 24 July 2015 11:36, by chuol

    It’s good that world is watching us! SPLA-Juba can do little to investigate war crime in Unity but, Nuer Wew include,Gordon Buay will always denied.

    Time is approaching to eliminate such kind of peace enemies in South Sudan, and if NOT will come through forceful meant.

    Real Man in fronline.

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  • 25 July 2015 08:43, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Imagine a perpetrator of crime to investigate himself!! What a farce!! Rebooting the institution of the government of South Sudan is the legitimate way of instituting political sense in the country.

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