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UN rights official decries absence of accountability in S. Sudan


August 15, 2017 (WAU) – Lack of accountability for the various crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the biggest challenges the country faces, Eugene Nindorera, the United Nations human rights boss, said.

IDPs shelter near the UNMISS base in Wau (IOM/Gonzalez 2016)

The senior UN official made the remarks while speaking at the end of a five-day visit to South Sudan’s Wau state, where violence in April led to the death of 19 pro-government soldiers and at least 28 civilians, according to state officials.

The killing of civilians in Wau town followed the ambush and killing of soldiers by suspected to be armed opposition fighters.

The UN human rights division reportedly interviewed 43 individuals, including eight women and two children, from 11 April, to collect information about alleged human rights violations perpetrated by government forces and aligned armed groups in Wau town on 10 April.

“I can confirm that, as of Sunday, nobody is being detained in connection with this attack against civilians,” said Nindorera.

“I talked to victims and witnesses and was shaken to hear their testimonies of how they had to flee their houses after being attacked. It’s more important than ever before that people are held accountable for crimes they have committed,” he added.

Nindorera said he met the Governor of Wau, during which the latter said a committee was established to produce a comprehensive report to determine the motive for the attacks and identify the perpetrators in to hold them accountable.

“I welcome this move,” he said, adding “I encourage Governor Andrea Mayar Acho to exert his authority to ensure that people are held responsible for the crimes they have committed.”

Meanwhile, UNMISS has confirmed that by Thursday the protection of civilians site adjacent to the UNMISS base in Wau had registered some 17,000 new arrivals, mainly women and children, while around 5,000 people had sought sanctuary inside the compound of the Wau Catholic Church.

The influx of newly displaced people has reportedly led to over-crowding and pressure on humanitarian services.

The South Sudanese civil war is a conflict in between forces of the government and the armed opposition forces. In December 2013, President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup d’état. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s worst-ever violence after it seceded from Sudan.


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  • 16 August 2017 11:59, by Lenin Bull

    Human Rights organizations have reduced their biased reports to monitor government operations and accuse it to international community without mentioning any single crime by SPLA-IO. This one sidedness in reporting makes a mockery of hackneyed human rights violation reports that are every now and then release these so called human rights organizations.

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  • 16 August 2017 12:05, by Lenin Bull

    The worst crimes committed by SPLA-IO by killing all the Dinka civilians and soldiers in Akobo, Bor, Bentiu, Malakal, Leer, Atar, Khorflus, Baliet, Dukein, Twic East, Nasir, Maiwut, Pagak, Panrieng, Abiemnom, on roads in Equatoria, etc are all missing or ignored in all these fake Human Rights Violation Reports. People who have lived these SPLA-IO horrors will not take these reports seriously.

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  • 16 August 2017 12:09, by Lenin Bull

    Human Rights bodies should be fair and objective in their reports so that they are taken seriously by everybody rather than tilt their reports towards appeasing SPLA-IO which will not help human rights situation in South Sudan either. Don’t beg money and funding from donors with fake reports that cannot stand serious challenge and that cannot hold water.

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  • 16 August 2017 14:50, by Wau son

    Fuck you the son of beach...........I hope you have enjoyed your killing of the innocent civilian in Wau, all what you have done in Wau town will turn on your fucked mothers and sisters plus your generation they will go crazy where they are because of the blood of the innocent people . Next time you see the son of beach, we will fuck your mother and your sister and after you will be at the end .

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  • 16 August 2017 15:57, by Lenin Bull

    Wau Son, be civilized and GOD fearing gentleman. This kind of primitive and satanic mindset is the reason why SPLA-IO cannot succeed. Why do you allow hatred and satanic practices to dominate you? Even GOD in his divine wisdom cannot allow you or give you success in your evil desires because South Sudan will be hell!! Thanks GOD you have failed in your satanic SPLA-IO projects!! Surrender quickly.

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    • 17 August 2017 00:53, by Malakal county Simon

      Lenin Bull

      You’re stupid grown man who pretend to be Equatoria.... Do not disturb people’s if you don’t know the root caused of this senseless war period!!

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