UN seen failing to protect vulnerable S. Sudanese
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been accused of failure to protect vulnerable civilians amid the deadly violence in the world’s newest country worsening.
The killings have persisted despite the heavy presence of a relatively large peacekeeping force in the capital Juba.
According to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) pointed out the UNMISS mandate includes the directive to ‘protect civilians under threat of physical violence, irrespective of the source of such violence.’
This mandate extends to foreign nationals, includes the ‘specific protection of women and children’ and commits the mission to ‘maintain public safety and security of and within civilian sites.’
“By any reasonable measure, UNMISS has been failing to adhere to this mandate,” Zachary Donnenfeld, ISS researcher, said.
July 2016 was the most violent month in South Sudan since October 2014, three years after independence.
There were nearly as many fatalities in South Sudan in July of this year (659) as in the five preceding months combined (662).
Violence flared in July as forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and the first Vice-President Riek Machar started a gunfight at a security checkpoint, which quickly escalated.
Tensions in Juba had been simmering for a few weeks prior to that due to delays in implementing the August 2015 peace agreement.
– CAJ News
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