JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The Ceasefire and
Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification
Mechanism (CTSAMVM) said the government should adhere to the
necessity of the revitalized agreement to end five years of
“CTSAMVM condemns in
the strongest terms the appalling attack that took place on Dec.
18, 2018 on its monitoring and verification team in the Luri
area,” the monitoring agency said in a statement.
It revealed that it
had launched a full investigation into the events in which
coalition government security forces assaulted and illegally
detained senior ranking male and female officers, including
support staff from the Intergovernmental Authority on
Development (IGAD), an eight-member regional bloc.
monitoring personnel and interference with the performance of
their duties are strictly prohibited and must be prevented from
recurring,” said the monitoring body.
It appealed to the
South Sudan government to immediately conduct an investigation,
hold perpetrators accountable for these despicable acts and
their chain of command responsible for its leadership failure.
“CTSAMVM has a legal
right to be present in South Sudan, and all the parties to the
agreement have an obligation to facilitate the work of the
monitoring mechanism,” said the monitoring body.
It reiterated its
obligation to freely monitor the implementation of the
revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South
used as weapon of war in South Sudan: UN
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
Sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war
by all the parties of the South Sudan conflict, a United Nations
(UN) envoy told the Security Council Tuesday, noting a
significant increase of perpetrations this year.
Pramila Patten, the
UN secretary-general’s special representative on sexual violence
in conflict, said the UN has witnessed systematic patterns of
sexual violence since 2013 when the conflict started in South
Sudan, but the phenomenon “escalated dramatically” this year.
“In 2018, there has
been a clear and alarming increase in the number of cases and
victims of conflict-related sexual violence documented,” she
said, adding that the number of victims has already reached
1,157, the highest recorded in the last three years.
Patten heard indicated that rape was used by the attackers “to
exercise power over their victims, impose extreme humiliation,
destroy their dignity, and fracture families and the community.”
Most notably, Patten
pointed to the reports of mass rapes in Bentiu in November,
where some 125 women and girls were reportedly raped, whipped
and clubbed over 10 days while heading to a food distribution
The UN team on the
ground and the local authorities have both launched
investigations into this matter, according to Patten.
In a separate
incident in October, 43 cases of rape or gang rape and the
abduction of 505 women and 63 girls for the purpose of sexual
slavery in Western Equatoria region were documented, she said.
Patten added that sexual abuse would reportedly cease only when
abducted women become fighters.
Among the incidents
Patten cited to the Security Council, the alleged perpetrators
are from both the government troops and the opposition forces.
Patten said that,
although the South Sudanese officials she met with reiterated
that the violations are unacceptable, “the fact is that it is
still largely ‘cost-free’ to rape in South Sudan.”
the UN peacekeeping chief who spoke to the Security Council
before Patten, condemned “in the strongest terms” the continued
prevalence of sexual violence and called on the South Sudanese
parties to bring all those responsible to justice.
Lacroix appealed to
the international community to “pronounce itself and remind the
parties that with such prevalent impunity, South Sudan would not
be able to find a respectable place among the community of
urged the Security Council to apply sanctions for sexual
violence crimes as a critical aspect of deterrence and
Patten said her
office, together with the Office of the High Commissioner on
Human Rights, submitted on Monday the names of three alleged
perpetrators of a July incident in southern Unity state to the
South Sudan sanctions committee of the council for its
called for comprehensive services to be provided for the
survivors of sexual violence, particularly medical and
psychosocial care, and for conflict-related sexual violence to
be addressed as a central aspect of the revitalized peace
agreement signed between the government and the opposition in
China calls for
international help with South Sudan’s peace process
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
A Chinese envoy on Tuesday called for
international help to push forward the peace process in South
conflicts, a lot needs to be done, said Wu Haitao, China’s
deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, adding
that the implementation of the September 2018 revitalized peace
agreement and the relaunch of economic development need enormous
funding and other forms of support.
In addition, the
international community should step up humanitarian assistance
and economic support to South Sudan, he told the Security
He asked to preserve
the political will of the South Sudanese parties in advancing
the peace process.
community should fully respect South Sudan’s leadership in
dealing with its own issues and avoid the imposition of
solutions, said Wu.
international community should continue to support the mediation
efforts of regional organizations such as the African Union and
the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and focus on
helping South Sudanese parties build mutual trust, honor their
commitments and achieve a full cessation of hostilities, said
China agrees with UN
Secretary-General’s proposal that the establishment of
transitional security arrangements and the formation of a
transitional government are matters of priority, he said.
community and the Security Council should be fully aware of the
complexity of the South Sudan issue and provide constructive
assistance to the country in addressing difficulties on the
ground, he said.
It has been China’s
consistent position that sanctions are a means, not the end, he
said. “The Security Council should be prudent in the use of
sanctions to make sure that measures taken are helpful to the
political settlement of the South Sudan issue.”
The Security Council
in July imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan in addition to
existing sanctions—a travel ban and asset freeze against
designated individuals and entities.
Wu said China has
always supported South Sudan’s peace and development. China
will, as always, be an active supporter and constructive
participant in the South Sudan peace process and play a
constructive role in the realization of lasting peace and
sustainable development in the country, he said.