SOUTH SUDAN / WORKSHOP ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) conducted a three-day training for government forces in the northern town of Bentiu aimed at eradicating sexual-related atrocities in the country. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WORKSHOP ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE
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DATELINE: 5-6 DECEMBER 2018, BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN

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5-6 DECEMBER 2018, BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, South Sudanese soldiers receiving certificate of participation
2. Close up, certificates as names being called out
3. Wide shot, South Sudanese soldiers receiving certificate of participation
4. Wide shot, banner
5. Med shot, soldiers holding certificate
6. Close up, certificate
7. Med shot, South Sudanese commander signing ‘Undertaking to Address Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Within the SSPDF’
8. Close up, commander signing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ajak Deng Biar, Colonel Major, South SUDAN People’s Defense Force (SSPDF):
“This workshop is important because: One, we want to let these officers who are participants here to know what is sexual-related violence – what it means. Also want them to know to fight this sexual-related violence, we want to let them fight this out.”
10. Wide shot, training session
11. Rack Focus, military beret on table
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Eugene Nindorera, Human Rights Director, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It was really important to give them the skills so that they can know exactly what is the conflict related sexual violence all about, but normally in terms of practice we don’t need a lot of lessons; because we just simply not to do to people something that you would not like people to do to you or to your sister, to your mother or to your daughter. So, basically we know that it is not allowed, we know that it is not acceptable, and we just have to make sure that we are more committed in fighting sexual violence because sometimes we tend to be a little bit passive; where you know exactly what has happened but you will not denounce who were involved in the rape or in the killing. Then this is not acceptable. So that is why we wanted to emphasise that, but what will more important is really to look at the future. How they are going to change the behaviour and how they are going to tackle any kind of situation like the one that has happened in the last ten days in this state, where 150 women and girls were raped.”
13. Wide shot, soldiers in training room
14. Med shot, soldiers
15. Close up, South Sudanese flag patch on arm
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Ajak Deng Biar, Colonel Major, South SUDAN People’s Defense Force (SSPDF):
“I can say there is no investigation (that has happened) but people will investigate who did this, this what I can say. The incident happened, and people are now clarifying and investigating to know who did this. This is what we are doing now. I asked those of Division four what happened and who are they – the perpetrators who did this. They said that we are investigating, because really, nobody knows whether the government forces or the IO (In Opposition) forces or the civilian forces. There are civilians having guns and having the SPLA uniform. So, investigations will be the one to clarify.”
18. Pan of Training in session

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) conducted a three-day training for government forces in the northern town of Bentiu aimed at eradicating sexual-related atrocities in the country.

The workshop was planned days before allegations of brutal rapes where 150 women and girls were reported to have been sexually assaulted over a ten-day period as they walked along roads near Nhaildu and Guit on their way to Bentiu.

The 40 participants received certificates and are expected to provide training to their colleagues in the South Sudan’s People’s Defense Force (SSPDF). South Sudanese commanders from also signed an “undertaking to address conflict-related sexual violence within the SSPDF.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Ajak Deng Biar, Colonel Major, South SUDAN People’s Defense Force (SSPDF):
“This workshop is important because: One, we want to let these officers who are participants here to know what is sexual-related violence – what it means. Also want them to know to fight this sexual-related violence, we want to let them fight this out.”

The workshop was organized by the UNMISS Women’s Protection Advisor’s office, part of the UN Mission’s Human Rights Division, emphasizing awareness of the soldiers’ responsibilities and is part of a series of countrywide trainings.

SOUNDBITE (English) Eugene Nindorera, Human Rights Director, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“It was really important to give them the skills so that they can know exactly what is the conflict related sexual violence all about, but normally in terms of practice we don’t need a lot of lessons; because we just simply not to do to people something that you would not like people to do to you or to your sister, to your mother or to your daughter. So, basically we know that it is not allowed, we know that it is not acceptable, and we just have to make sure that we are more committed in fighting sexual violence because sometimes we tend to be a little bit passive; where you know exactly what has happened but you will not denounce who were involved in the rape or in the killing. Then this is not acceptable. So that is why we wanted to emphasise that, but what will more important is really to look at the future. How they are going to change the behaviour and how they are going to tackle any kind of situation like the one that has happened in the last ten days in this state, where 150 women and girls were raped.”

Commenting on the alleged rapes in Bentiu, said “there is no investigation (that has happened) but people will investigate who did this, this what I can say. The incident happened, and people are now clarifying and investigating to know who did this. This is what we are doing now. I asked those of Division four what happened and who are they – the perpetrators who did this. They said that we are investigating, because really, nobody knows whether the government forces or the IO (In Opposition) forces or the civilian forces. There are civilians having guns and having the SPLA uniform. So, investigations will be the one to clarify.”

The three-day training included sharing of experiences, understanding various basics of human rights, frameworks of sexual violence crimes, and discussing various UN resolutions pertaining to combating such crimes.

A recent peace agreement signed by the parties lists in three different chapters a requirement to stop and combat sexual and gender-based violence in the country.
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