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South Sudanese army killed 232 civilians in April-May attacks: UN report


August 12, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese army and its allied militias have been accused of killing over two hundreds civilians, committing rape and burning villages in a series of attacks carried out in southern Unity region from 16 April to 24 May 2018.

South Sudan government soldiers in the town of Koch, Unity state, South Sudan, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (Photo AP/Jason Patinkin)

Based on the findings of an investigation carried out by the UNMISS Human Rights Division’s, (HRD), the peacekeeping mission and the UN human rights body OHCHR released a joint report documenting grave human right violation against civilians in Southern Unity State.

The report revealed that the SPLA and allied forces attacked at least 40 villages or settlements in the reporting period, during which 120 girls and women were raped or gang-raped.

"HRD also documented the killing of 232 civilians including 35 children, 50 women – including 25 who were killed by hanging, and 63 individuals comprising of children, elderly and persons with disabilities who were burned alive across these locations," said the report.

According to the report, the reason behind these attacks which took place after the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement in December 2017 was to increase territories under Government control.

"Government interlocutors had repeatedly warned of their intent to recapture areas recently occupied by SPLA-IO (Riek Machar) forces, and to open supply route between Bentiu and the SPLA position in Leer," stressed the report.

The report further pointed out that the nature of the operation indicates that the purpose of the attacks was not only to drive out the SPLA-Io fighters but also to forcefully displace civilians.

UNMISS and aid groups estimate that 1,995 people including 1,350 children, were forcibly displaced to the UN protection site in Leer, while 3,415 individuals arrived at the Bentiu Protection of Civilian site. Also, around 8,000 displaced civilians are sheltering in the bush and swamps south-east of Leer, in addition to some 18,000 displaced in Mayendit town.

The UNMISS human rights monitors identified three officials that may bear the greatest responsibility for the gross violations committed during that period.

The Gany County commissioner, one SPLA-IO (Taban Deng) commander (Lieutenant General) and one SPLA commander (colonel) from the SPLA Division IV in Bentiu, are cited in the report as the authorities had effective command and control of operations of the areas of attacks.


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  • 13 August 2018 00:39, by The Rhino

    The number of callous gruesome atrocities committed by Kiir and his thugs not only in Upper Nile but also across Equatoria is enormous and exceeds every imagination.I really don’t understand why people still want to make peace with such regimes?Kiir and his b**tards must go down the hard way.I totally recommend this.Drones can do the job,followed by immediate regime change.

    • 13 August 2018 01:32, by The Rhino

      Opposition groups must get their acts together and recede from the lust of greed.Visionless and inconsistent power hungry individuals like Boutrous or Tabuley must definitely be kicked out of the way,for they are only hijackers.Thomas Cirilo has to rebuild his backbone club made solely out of hardliners from Equatoria.

    • 13 August 2018 08:03, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Why do you blame UN, particularly UNMISS about this bias and one sided report? They are trying hard to forge reports to claim that they still have a job to do in S. Sudan so that their dollars can continue flowing. The most funny part of these idiots is that when you call them in case of any live threatening you are caught up, they tell to lie down and don’t move. 3 days later, they come 4 stories

  • 13 August 2018 03:57, by Theone

    IN,Khartoum rats and Sudantribune, what is your endgame with your FABRICATION without Evidence?

    • 13 August 2018 05:57, by Mike Mike

      UNMISS seems to be having a problem with the government, otherwise the reports that they have released today is irrelevant and we can’t believe in to it that it is true. Government forces are the one protecting the constitutions, land with the people against the rebels. How come to be the one to conspire against its people?. This report might be coming from anti government source.

      • 13 August 2018 07:02, by Pakuai

        Mike Mike,
        Are you still sleeping brother? The UN, the NGOs, the UK and the US are the real oppositions against the current government of South Sudan & the in South Sudanese people. The so-called SPLM-IO, FD, NAS & others are just used as veneers to conceal the the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs dirty project over our country & our people----the trusteeship of our country. The US, the UK,>>>>

        • 13 August 2018 07:08, by Pakuai

          their UN & some of their creepy allies in between want to start experimenting their UN NEW WORLD ORDER government here in our country and over our people. And that is why our country’s small small issues have been propagated 24/7 chap. There are many problems, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, North Sudan than we have here in South Sudan>>>

          • 13 August 2018 07:12, by Pakuai

            Central Africa republic (CAR), DR Congo, Burundi, Kenya, ethiopia & Somalia. But because South Sudan & South Sudanese people small issues are what the hyenas from the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil and some of their creepy allies in between have projected their evil lenses into 24/7 because, there are some of our people who worshiped these vermins>>>>

            • 13 August 2018 07:20, by Pakuai

              Riek Machar, Thomas Cirillo, Majak Agoot, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom and Adwok Nyabe have all ’signed up our country & our people to UN NEW WORLD ORDER GOVERNMENT’. Do you remember Mr. Mike Mike when Mr. Thomas Cirillo stole some money & ran to ethiopia & went asked his people to run to Uganda because Mr. Salva Kiir Dinka/Jieng government was killing>>>

              • 13 August 2018 07:26, by Pakuai

                the Equatorians simply because they were Equatorians. The US, the UK, France, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between brought their damn criminals from the UN HRW from West Africa to go and check was happening in Yei. Which later turned out to be a hoax. A lot of refugees are now in Northern Uganda, but were intentionally advised to go to Uganda by the CIA, MI6, other foreign agents>>>

                • 13 August 2018 07:32, by Pakuai

                  posing as NGOs to go and use them as their blackmails & bargaining chips over our country & our people. Those lowly informed Equatorians were even lied to that they will go and be resettled in the US or Europe. Mr. Mike Mike, do you also remember when Mr. Pagan Amuom went and declared outside the UN building in New York last year>>>

          • 13 August 2018 07:29, by South South

            Mike Mike and Pakuai,

            UNIMISS staff in South Sudan are there to create jobs for themselves, let’s remember that very well. In Malakal, in UN Compound, Rwanda forces gave guns to Shulluk, Ethiopia forces gave guns to Dinka. 13 South Sudanese were gunned down inside UNIMISS in Malakal. A soldier is paid $10000 a month by UN. UNIMISS will not leave South Sudan.

            • 13 August 2018 08:37, by Theallseeingeye

              South South
              the report is genuine and 1000% true, my grandmother was hanged to death by the neck in one of those aforementioned areas, she was hanged in the hands of those worthless SPLA nyors savages. may God curse them all and curse their children too.

              • 13 August 2018 09:11, by Pakuai

                Bring the evidence that your *damned grandmother* was hanged by the SPLA? In fact some of you Equatorian piece of trashes were informed not to join Mr. Riek Machar & some of your lawless aimless armed rebellions before hand, but many of you lowly informed Equatorians defied the government of South Sudan warnings, but some of you idiots, joined anyway>>>

                • 13 August 2018 09:31, by Pakuai

                  Some of your fools are going to be hanged by the way. Do you think, that fools, traitors, foreign puppets/stooges, like Mr. Thomas Cirillo are going to be welcomed back to South Sudan? That is not gonna happen Mr. grandmother under the sun chap. The owners are back fools.

  • 13 August 2018 08:43, by Games

    Even Taban Deng Gai admitted the killing and that were the reasons all four top officials that were carried the operations at the time are relieved from their duties and some would never return to the government. Anyway denying is a part of Dinka culture

  • 13 August 2018 15:05, by lino

    This is the truth that SS People don’t know!!! It is credible when comes from an independent source not the government or opposition!!! When governments around the world hired militias to do it’s work, remember crimes happened; who don’t know that Konyo Konyo Regime in Juba hired both Dinka and Nuer militias! Bashir did that in SS 1983-2005 and Dar Fur right now!!!
    So ICC is the answer!!!

  • 13 August 2018 22:52, by Eastern

    ALL those MOWED by the machine gun while harvesting water lilies for survival were entirely Nuers people who are now getting ready to return to Juba for a better meal before the next onslaught on them! The Nuer never listens and understands..!

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