SOUTH SUDAN / SEXUAL VIOLENCE ACTION PLAN

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At the launch of an Action Plan developed over the last two days, South Sudan’s top army commanders spelt out a zero-tolerance policy for conflict-related sexual violence within their ranks, and pledged to curb the acts, which have been rife since war erupted in 2013. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SEXUAL VIOLENCE ACTION PLAN
TRT: 02:36
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 14 MARCH 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, senior SSPDF and UNMISS officials standing holding Action Plan
2. Close up, Action Plan
3. Med shot, groups shaking hands
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kuol Manyang Juuk, South Sudan Minister of Defence:
“It is a very serious situation, and this is why we are under sanctions – we are under sanctions by the UN Security Council and by individual countries. What else could they do? The most effective one is to sanction us, and when the army is sanctioned, the country is sanctioned – we cannot even get a loan to build our country. We will not be given loans and if we are not given loans, we cannot implement our policies.”
5. Wide shot, South Sudan and UNMISS military personnel
6. Med shot, Chief of Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Gabriel Jok Riak
7. Med shot, female commander
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Gabriel Jok Riak, Chief of Defence Forces:
“SSPDF has zero tolerance on conflict-related sexual violence. The provision is clearly enshrined in international, regional and domestic legal obligations, binding South Sudan. SSPDF remains committed in conducting remote and thorough investigations into all allegations of sexual violence carried out by the armed forces and prosecute alleged perpetrators.”
9. Med shot, South Sudan and UNMISS military personnel
10. Med shot, South Sudan military commanders
11. Close up, South Sudan flag badge
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudéhou, Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“The Action Plan reiterates the government’s commitment to the constitutional provisions and its international obligations on human rights including the right to liberty and security and the right not to be subjected torture or other cruel inhumane and degrading treatment of punishment.”
15. Med shot, commanders greeting each other

STORYLINE:

At the launch of an Action Plan developed over the last two days, South Sudan’s top army commanders spelt out a zero-tolerance policy for conflict-related sexual violence within their ranks, and pledged to curb the acts, which have been rife since war erupted in 2013.

Speaking to the commanders who will each take a copy and use it to train their rank and file against conflict-related sexual crimes, the country’s Minister of Defence expressed disappointment at the incidences of the country internationally being listed as a perpetrator of sexual crimes against its people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kuol Manyang Juuk, South Sudan Minister of Defence:
“It is a very serious situation, and this is why we are under sanctions – we are under sanctions by the UN Security Council and by individual countries. What else could they do? The most effective one is to sanction us, and when the army is sanctioned, the country is sanctioned – we cannot even get a loan to build our country. We will not be given loans and if we are not given loans, we cannot implement our policies.”

Reiterating the commitment of the country to eradicate bad behavior within the ranks, the Chief of Defence Forces said the document must be respected.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Gabriel Jok Riak, Chief of Defence Forces:
“SSPDF has zero tolerance on conflict-related sexual violence. The provision is clearly enshrined in international, regional and domestic legal obligations, binding South Sudan. SSPDF remains committed in conducting remote and thorough investigations into all allegations of sexual violence carried out by the armed forces and prosecute alleged perpetrators.”

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, which has been working to guide the commanders towards a final draft of the Action Plan – and hopefully see the country delisted from the list of perpetrators – says the steps to achieving the document should be celebrated as it is part of continued and sustained efforts in curbing a problem that has caused immense suffering to women and girls.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alain Noudéhou, Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“The Action Plan reiterates the government’s commitment to the constitutional provisions and its international obligations on human rights including the right to liberty and security and the right not to be subjected torture or other cruel inhumane and degrading treatment of punishment.”

The Action Plan is a realization of a joint communique signed in 2014 by President Salva Kiir and the UN to address conflict-related sexual violence in the country.
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