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Respond Of Government On Human Right Assessment The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has responded to the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right Assessment Mission to Improve Human Rights, Accountability, Reconciliation and Capacity in South Sudan.

22.03.2016 11:45:14

JUBA, 21 March 2016 [Gurtong]: In a letter dated 09th March 2016 seen by Gurtong and addressed to the Commissioner of the High Commission for Human Rights by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the government dismissed the allegations. 

According to the nine page document the government responded to allegations of killing of civilians, sexual and gender-based violence, recruiting and use of children in hostilities, destruction and looting of civilians’ properties, violation of freedom of opinions and expression and of assembly, and allegation of starvation of civilians.

“……The conclusion drawn from the satellite images and used in the report cannot be a basis of labeling the government to have committed the level of destruction” reads the document signed by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

“Looting, pillaging of civilians properties as described because the parties to the conflict are using the same military uniform” Dr. Marial added.

“The report of the Investigation Committee for Humans Right Abuses, December 2013 was overtaken by the final report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (ARCISS) which was an independent body” he added in part.

Marial said, the move over the credibility and neutrality of this Investigation Committee was doubted by the International Community.

The fighting that broke out in South Sudan amidst December 2013 prompted the International Community to file the report of the Assessment Mission (AM) on the reports of violation against human rights.

Full Response of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan