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SPLA rubbishes UN Report on atrocities   

SPLA Spokesperson Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang (Juba Monitor file photo):

By Kitab A Unango

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has denied a United Nation’s report that accused government and allied forces of killings and raping of women and girls in former unity state between April and May this year.

The army described the UN report which was released two days ago as “false and unbalanced report.”

Brigadier General Lul Ruai Kong, SPLA Spokesperson in a news conference yesterday claimed that the report was intended at tarnishing the image of the SPLA, and aimed at regime change in the country.

“The accusations of the army by UN of killings and raping of women and girls in Southern and Eastern Leer states are biased and is just to tarnish the image of the army for regime change,” Brig. Lul said.

The report released on July 10 this year by UN revealed that at least 232 civilians were killed and 120 women and girls raped by the armies and Militias allied to SPLA in former Unity State.

Lul said SPLA as a legal entity has a constitutional right to sue or be sued for defamation.

“We are legal body and we have the right to defend the image of our institution and we also have legal advisor so we can sue or be sued for defamation,” he stated.

The army spokesperson challenged UN to provide evidences to back their report adding that army would also carry out its own investigation on the allegations of the report.

“We call upon UN to provide us with evidences that justifies their report. We have never received any report of such from our commanders in the fields but we are going to form our own independent team to investigate the report,” Lul said.

He also pointed out that the army rejected the report because all the atrocities levied against the SPLA were not brought to the attention of the army authorities adding that the body charged with the responsibilities of monitoring and reporting  atrocities was the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring  Mechanism(CTSAMM).

“We call upon CTSAMM mandated to monitor and report ceasefire violation to go on ground and do their investigation to justify and validate the report,”. Lul said.

The army spokesperson said most of the atrocities were committed in rebel-held areas adding that civilians attacked and looted by rebels ran to Bentiu Protection of Civilian site through SPLA controlled area and  were not harmed on their way.





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