SPLM/A-IO Senior Staffs Completed Two Days Workshop With Technical Support From The United Nations

Seniors officers and Carders of SPLM in Opposition after attending a workshop facilitated by the office of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in Addis Ababa(Photo: via Gatluak Michael)

Seniors officers and Carders of SPLM in Opposition after attending a workshop facilitated by the office of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in Addis Ababa(Photo: via Gatluak Michael)

Feb 07, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Senior cadres of SPLA/M in Opposition completed a two-days workshop with technical support from the office of United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki Moon, through the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and United Nations Integrated Mission in South Sudan.

The leadership of the SPLM/A-IO has delegated 13 senior staffs representing various military departments for a workshop, which was organized by United Nations in Addis Ababa on February 4-5, 2016.

One of the main objectives of the workshop was to address alleged human rights abuses that might have been committed by both sides of the conflict in South Sudan.

This was the second time that the senior SPLA staffs have been brought to Ethiopia so that issues of human rights concerns in the country are openly discussed.

At the end of the workshop, it was resolved that two of the eight Divisions of the SPLA-IO will appoint 100 Focal Points each as a starting point.

In collaboration with United Nations there will be ongoing trainings on how issues of human rights violations by soldiers will be documented and will hold those accused those who have been accused of committing human rights abuses if proven guilty by competent court.

The workshop was so significant in that it is done in line with unilateral communiqué signed by Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the chairman and commander in chief of the SPLM/A-IO on 18 December 2014 and join communiqué by Salva Kiir Mayardit of the SPLM/A-IG on 11 October 2014 respectively on Conflict Related Sexual Violent .

The two principals have appointed High Level Focal Points who would directly liaise with Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations. These are 1) Awan Gual Riak, the current Minister in the office of the president and 2) Madame Angelina Teny, the chairperson of Defense and Security committee on the Opposition side.

The Director General of the Military Justice of the SPLA, Major General William Kuol Chuol among others have presented brief and precise Military Justice programmes which are already in place in areas controlled by IO.

In less than a Month, an Implementation Task Force office will be inaugurated at Pagak, South Sudan whose members are official appointees of the two principals based on their expertise on different areas and will be working in conjunction with UN agencies for a quick and timely documentation of human rights abuses in South Sudan.

On behave of the SPLA-IO senior staff; I would like to register our sincere thank you to the UN and particularly the facilitators of the workshop. We have learned a lot and would assure you that we will do everything in our powers to pass on the knowledge as trained.

 This report was compiled by David Bang Teny, a member of the Implementation Task Force for SPLM/SPLA in Opposition.

One comment

  • Tolio

    This workshop is significant but a bit too late. It is mandatory to have been done as a preventive measure in the past before the parties to the conflict committed sexual violence against civilians. Such allegations have reduced since the two parties signed the peace agreement last year.

    At this stage,full attention should be given to formation of unity government,for without it ,moving the country forward isn’t achievable.

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