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, decease http://crewchiefpro.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/ossdl-cdn.php Chimp Corps report.
This was during a function held at the rebels’ command base at Pagak this past Saturday.
Committing themselves as unit commanders within SPLA, 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.”
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.
Presidential aspirant Hon Amama Mbabazi will be nominated by two MPs from FDC and NRM during tomorrow’s function at Namboole Stadium, pharm http://consultants-lactation.org/wp-includes/feed-rss.php it has emerged.
FDC’s Beatrice Anywar and NRM Kween County MP Abdi Fadhil Kisos Chemaswet are first to break ranks with their political parties to support a rival candidate in the 2016 elections.
Mbabazi appears at the Electoral Commission Nomination Centre at Namboole on November 3.
From there, http://cjs.coop/wp/wp-includes/customize/class-wp-customize-color-control.php Mbabazi will address a rally at Nakivubo stadium.
As we write this, Michael Mabikke is currently addressing a pre-nomination press conference at Go Forward headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala.
FDC recently warned of consequences should their members support Hon Mbabazi.
However, the Kitgum Woman MP, Beatrice recently accused Dr Besigye of double standards and selfishness.
“What is wrong with welcoming Amama Mbabazi? If we came into government, Museveni [safety] should be secured,” Anywar was quoted by The Observer as saying.
“The NRMs who have done bad things in this country – there should be a reconciliation [for them], they should be forgiveness, otherwise we are going to continue being in war. That is why I am giving a challenge and a burden of challenge to Dr Besigye as a founding member of this party [FDC].”
Anywar was responding to opposition leaders’ rejection of Mbabazi’s Joint Presidential Candidature on grounds that his name was tainted by corruption allegations.
“We welcomed him, didn’t we know?! That is double double standards and that is what I don’t want and I don’t want to be a party [to]. Is this how this country has to move? Me Beatrice Anywar NO!”
The latest development proves that Mbabazi will partly rely on opposition figures and their structures to mobilise for presidency.
It has as well sparked concerns that many other MPs especially from FDC could join Go Forward.