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UNMISS trains South Sudanese military commanders in human rights and international humanitarian law

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UNMISS trains South Sudanese military commanders in human rights and international humanitarian law

As commanders, you must treat everyone humanely and allow human rights to flourish despite conflict.

JUBA, South Sudan, September 21, 2021 / APO Group / –

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has trained opposition Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-iO) and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) forces in the rights Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Law in Magwi County in Eastern Equatoria State. .

“I am convinced that my senior commanders have acquired extensive knowledge on the subject of the workshop and that there will not be any human rights violation that will not go unnoticed,” Brigadier General Kulang said. Tarib of the SSPDF. “I also encourage my senior female commanders to also take responsibility for reporting any sexual violence committed by soldiers. “

The Human Rights Division of UNMISS in Eastern Equatoria organized two separate workshops, during which more than 100 soldiers were reminded of their human rights obligations in order to improve their professionalism.

It also served as a reminder to commanders to take responsibility and to report human rights violations committed by junior officers under their command.

“As a senior commander, I assure the returnee community and anyone crossing our area of ​​responsibility that we will protect, take responsibility and justify any violation against them,” said Brigadier General Okeny George Lam, commander. senior manager of the Ashwa cantonment site.

In South Sudan, there has been a lack of accountability for violations committed in recent conflicts, especially against women and children.

“This training is part of the awareness campaigns organized regularly by UNMISS for all forces and civilians so that they can change their minds and comprehensively understand the repercussions of human rights violations,” said Anthony Nwapa, a representative of the United Nations peacekeeping mission.

The forces were made aware of international humanitarian law, basic human rights, responsibilities for human rights violations and the command responsibilities of senior commanders of the armed forces.

“As commanders, you must treat everyone humanely and allow human rights to flourish despite conflict,” Nwapa added.

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