Are these UN reports fabricated, real or recycle?
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By Morris Dogga
The United Nations Human Rights Division and other national and international human rights bodies have been releasing reports on the atrocities committed by both the government and the opposition forces in some parts of the country since the war broke out in 2013.
But since then the reports have been centering on the same incidences with almost the same figures and the nearly in the same location.
Two days ago the United Nations Human Rights Division (UN-HRD) released a report tittle “Indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Southern Unity” accusing the government and allied militias of potential “War Crimes” over a campaign of “Rape and targeted killings” of civilians in some villages of Unity State.
The report further showed that the SPLA and associated forces attacked at least 40 villages or settlements in the reporting period, during which 120 girls and women were raped or gang-raped between 16th April and 25th May this year.
HRD further said in the report that it documented the killing of 232 civilians including 35 children, 50 women including 25 who were killed by hanging, and 63 individuals comprising of children, elderly and persons with disabilities who were burned alive. It said the atrocities were carried out in Leer and Mayendit counties across southern Unity.
In 2015 the Human rights Watch also released a 42 paged report tittle “They Burned it All: Destruction of Villages, Killings, and Sexual Violence in South Sudan’s Unity State” that also showed how the government-allied forces carried out gruesome killings and widespread rapes and burned countless homes as they allegedly swept across large parts of Unit State.
The report was release in July 2015.
According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) the report was based on more than 170 interviews in June and July of 2015 with survivors and witnesses.
HRW said it documented shocking accounts of 60 unlawful killings of women and civilians women, men and Children.
Some were hanged and others shot, and other were alleged to have been burned alive.
The same accounts of atrocities were also reflected on the UN report released this week. The Human Rights division in its report said it also documented 25 killings of women by hanging in 10 villages in Unity States.
The two reports have been centering on the same atrocities, the same areas-Unity State-and they were both release on the same month.
The two reports nearly have the same tittle. The question is what is the intention of the international human rights bodies in releasing reports that looked similar over and over again? Why only concentrates in one area? Why release such a report at the time all South Sudanese were trying to forgive each other so that the country can return to normalcy?
In the last few weeks South Sudanese leaders have been engaging themselves in negotiations to end the nearly five year’s conflict that devastated the country.
President Salva Kiir and his former first vice president Dr. Riek Machar have been holding face to face talks in the neighbouring countries in an attempt to reconcile and forge a solution to the current conflict.
All hopes were high among South Sudanese that soon there would be lasting peace in the country.
While there have been reports that there some fighting in some parts of the country, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army have also stated clearly that some of the allegations were meant to tarnish the image of the country.
Given that South Sudan is still the youngest country, it really needed the support of the international partners, but that does not mean it should be used for some individual interest.
Time against they have been called peace partners to support the peace process. Would the international partners account to their positive contribution to South Sudan rather than always reporting what seems to be recycling of the same data?
By releasing such reports at this time, is the international community really interested in the country achieving everlasting peace?
It could be true that some people fear to see peace came to the country because of self-interest, exploitation and more so marketing their war fares in South Sudan.
It is time that those who are genuinely supporting the peace process mean the supporting of peace. All South Sudanese needs peace because all South Sudanese needs peace now. Peace should the priority for all the leaders and the partners.