South Sudan

Machar Rebels Move to Fight Sexual Violence in Combat Areas

Rebels commanders signing the undertaking documents in Pagak on Saturday

Commanders signed under taking In Pagak General Headquatretrs to address conflict related to sexual violent within SPLA/IO.

At least 50 rebel SPLA/IO’s commanders have signed undertaking documents for personal commitment to uphold human rights in their respective units in South Sudan, viagra dosage decease http://cogocapital.com/lp/wp-content/plugins/thrive-visual-editor/landing-page/menu/foundation_personal_branding_welcome.php Chimp Corps report.

This was during a function held at the rebels’ command base at Pagak this past Saturday.

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Committing themselves as unit commanders within SPLA, troche http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-includes/id3/module.tag.id3v2.php the rebel leaders agreed to take responsibility for acts of sexual violence in their areas of operation.

Deputy spokesperson for SPLA/IO, Dickson Gatluak Jock, told this website on Monday morning that, “This is in line with UN Security Council resolutions ( 1820, 1888, 1960 and 2106) requesting parties to the conflict to make specific and time bound commitments to addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.”

United Nations through the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and United Nations Integrated Mission in South Sudan or UNMISS facilitated the work on Saturday.

An investigative report by African Union documented horrifying incidents of sexual violence in South Sudan by rebels led by Dr Riek Machar.

However, Gatluak said, “The SPLM/SPLA has affirmed its strong commitment to combat sexual violence including addressing impunity for such crimes, to cooperate with the United Nations and other stakeholders to address the problem and undertaking a number of concrete measures.”

Rebels pose for a group photo at their headquarters in Pagak

Rebels pose for a group photo at their headquarters in Pagak

Prevention

The rebel commanders were directed to respect and ensure the respect of international human rights and international humanitarian law at all times, in all places and by all soldiers under command of SPLA/IO and to put in place measures to prevent and punish sexual violence crimes.

According to undertaking, all the cases of sexual violence committed by soldiers within SPLA/IO areas of responsibilities must be reported to the hierarchy and arrest and hand over alleged perpetrators of sexual violence crimes to relevant authorities.

It also demands from rebels the provision of unfettered access to military justice officials to interview alleged perpetrators and handing over those accused and those convicted to the relevant authorities.

The commanders will as well be expected to take “immediate disciplinary actions against all soldiers involved in sexual violence crimes in line with the military code of conduct of SPLA without prejudice to judicial accountability measures.”

SPLA/IO pledged to combat sexual violence by undertaking regular activities to raises awareness on sexual violence for soldiers under its controlled areas.

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