South Sudan government to probe UN “atrocities” – minister

Members of the UN peacekeepers seen protecting civilians in an undisclosed location (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 27th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government said on Wednesday that it is investigating violations committed, allegedly, by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in some parts of the country.

South Sudan Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said on Friday that the government has allocated almost nine (9) millions South Sudanese pounds to the country’s Human Rights Commission (SSHC) to do the probe.

“The Council of Ministers approved the budget which is the sum of 8 million 9 hundred, 12 thousand and 5 hundred pounds, for investigation of all these atrocities, all these reports in Wau, Malakal, Bor, and Bentiu,” Makuei told reporters on Friday.

“The budget will enable the Human Rights Commission to investigate into the alleged atrocities and human rights violations by the UNMISS forces in the POCs,” he added.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in February 2018 that a group of police personnel belonging to a Ghanaian Police Unit serving with the mission in a protection of civilians site in Wau was involved in an allegation of sexual exploitation.

The whole Unit was later moved to the capital Juba as a precautionary measure while an investigation was carried out.

The mission’s Office of Internal Oversight Services has finalized its investigation into the allegation of sexual exploitation and established that eight members of the Police Unit were involved in transactional sex.

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