Commanders signed under taking In Pagak General Headquarters to address conflict related to sexual violent within SPLA/IO.
(PAGAK) More than 50 commanders on Saturday from the opposition signed the undertaking in Pagak for personal commitment and as unit commander within SPLA.
The move comes when the Chairman of the SPLM/SPLA, Dr Riek Machar on 18 December 2014 issued the Communiqué of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/SPLA) on preventing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan.
The content of the Communiqué is in line with UN Security Council resolutions ( 1820, 1888, 1960 and 2106) requesting parties to the conflict to make specific and time bound commitments to addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.
United Nations through the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and United Nations Integrated Mission in South Sudan or UNMISS facilitated the work on Saturday in Pagak. The SPLM/SPLA has affirmed its strong commitment to combat sexual violence including addressing impunity for such crimes, to cooperate with the United Nations and other stakeholders to address the problem and undertaking a number of concrete measures.
Respect and ensure the respect of international human rights and international humanitarian law at all times, in all places and by all soldiers under command of SPLA/IO and to put in place measures to prevent and punish sexual violence crimes.
According to undertaking, all the cases of sexual violence committed by soldiers within SPLA/IO areas of responsibilities should be reported to the hierarchy and arrest and hand over alleged perpetrators of sexual violence crimes to relevant authorities.
Provision of unfettered access to military justice officials to interview alleged perpetrators and handing over those accused and those convicted to the relevant authorities. the Communiqué is in line with UN Security Council resolutions (1820, 1888, 1960 and 2106) requesting parties to the conflict to make specific and time bound commitments to addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.
Take immediate disciplinary actions against all soldiers involved in sexual violence crimes in line with the military code of conduct of SPLA without prejudice to judicial accountability measures.
SPLA/IO has affirmed its strong commitment to combat sexual violence by undertaking regular activities to raises awareness on sexual violence for soldiers under its controlled areas.
Dickson Gatluak Jock
Deputy spokesperson for SPLA/IO