UN protests expulsion of human rights officer in South SudanListen /
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is protesting the expulsion of one of its human rights officers from South Sudan.
The top United Nations envoy in South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, says the expulsion is in violation of international law.
UNMISS says that it recently received official communication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan ordering the officer to leave the country within 48 hours.
UNMISS spokesperson Kouider Zerrouk says the South Sudanese authorities did not give any reasons for the order of expulsion of the UNMISS human rights officer.
"The Special envoy was in discussion and met with the President of the Republic to address this issue and to try to find a solution and to reverse basically the decision by the government. Unfortunately the decision was made and was irreversible as we understand. We protest against this decision and we hope to get verification information about the reasons behind this decision." (Duration: 23")
UNMISS says the monitoring, investigating and reporting, as well as the building of capacity for the respect of human rights in South Sudan, are a core element of its mandate and must be protected.