South Sudan’s Victims Threaten To Sue The UK Government For Inappropriate Exposure Of Sexual Violence
Feb 09, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- After discovering that the UK Minister for Africa, Mr. James Duddrigde, has violated the international human rights and international laws on privacy of victims of sexual violence, South Sudanese and international human rights activists are calling on the UK government to take strong actions against Mr. James Duddridge.
Following his recent visits to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, managed b
y the UNMISS in South Sudan’s capital, Mr. Duddrige took pictures with IDPs and mostly women.
On 25th January, 2016, the Conservative Politician twitted a fully exposed picture(s) of the victims which he identified as “the victims of sexual violence”, shown below.
After Nyamilepedia was notified by a member of human rights watch and international human rights activists, who first discovered the inappropriate twit, we contacted a few women who strongly regret taking the pictures with the UK politician.
“I noticed an inappropriate post on Twitter regarding visit of a UK minister in Juba UNMISS IDP camp that totally violate the rights of those who seek protection inside UNMISS protection of civilian sites.” said the right activist.
“these individuals have the right to sue the UK minister for publicly marking them as victims of sexual violence and expose them to risk and discrimination.” the rights watch continued.
According to one victim, who asked to be identified as Mary Kuol, Mr. Duddridge has jeopardize their privacy and safety, and must therefore apologize to the victims for publishing their identity without their consents.
“We will take the next step if Mr. James and the UK government do nothing. They must apologize, our rights are violated and our safety is jeopardize by people we trust to know better. We do not know why he could this” Mary speaking to Nyamilepedia correspondents in Juba.
Attempt to react the UK politician, who is currently touring Africa, are yet to be returned.
After South Sudan, Mr. Duddridge attended AU submit and then proceed to West Africa where he signed Energy Agreement with the Senegalese President today in Dakar.
On behave of the UK Government and TROIKA, Mr. Duddridge calls on the international community to support JMEC President’s call for formation of a transitional government in South Sudan, believing that Africa has “too many lost generations”.
James Philip Duddridge is a British Conservative politician and a current Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East, and a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.