South Sudan government agrees to take steps to address sexual violence

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Zainab Bangura shaking hands with President Salva Kiir. (UNifeed video capture)

The government of South Sudan has agreed to take clear steps to prevent sexual violence crimes, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura.

In a statement issued at the conclusion of her first visit to the new African country, Ms Bangura said that sexual violence was a "consistent characteristic of the conflict and is being perpetrated by all the parties."

UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq said that Ms Bangura met various leaders and officials during her visit to South Sudan.

"The Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, met with President Salva Kiir at the beginning and the end of her visit, and held extensive consultations with relevant Ministers, as well as the Army and Police. She also met with Riek Machar. She also travelled to Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, to engage with the local commander of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), government authorities, UN staff, humanitarian workers and survivors of sexual violence. And there was a Joint agreement signed with the government." (24")

Ms Bangura said that sexual violence in South Sudan is a problem that predates the conflict that erupted in December 2013 between government forces and soldiers supporting former Vice President Riek Machar.

She noted that the problem has been exacerbated by the escalation of the conflict with an additional dimension of sexual violence attacks and reprisals on what she called "an alarming scale".

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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