GENEVA / SOUTH SUDAN COLVILLE

04-Aug-2016 00:03:04
Preliminary UN investigations into the recent fighting in South Sudan revealed government security forces carried out killings, rape, looted and destroyed properties. The UN human rights chief called on the Security Council to take stronger action. UNTV CH / FILE
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STORY: GENEVA / SOUTH SUDAN COLVILLE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH / FILE
RESTRICTIONS:PLEASE CREDIT UNMISS

DATELINE: 4 AUGUST 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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4 AUGUST 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations, Geneva
2. Wide shot, Rupert Colville walking
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“One of the huge problems in South Sudan for the past few years is been this chronic immunity, so you had episode after episode of killings and massive numbers of rapes, the situation for women is just appalling. And nothing seems happening about it. People are very often government employees, sometimes are the opposition, but nobody seems to be end up be in court . It doesn’t matter whether they are officers, normal soldiers or police officers. There just no accountabilities at all. And of course, this just encourages it to continue that the further episode to take place.”

FILE – UNMISS - 19 JULY 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

4. Wide shot, displaced people in muddy area

4 AUGUST 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“It seems that the government troops and police were responsible for the great majority, not all but the great majority, of the violations that took place especially the rapes and the summary executions and they were basically targeting the other group which is Nuer.”

FILE – UNMISS - 19 JULY 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

6. Med shot, woman sorting out things in bag

4 AUGUST 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The women are going through government checkpoints and getting stopped and raped, sometimes in groups. On the 18th of July for example, there was a huge group, 28 women, who were stopped at a SPLA check point and raped, gang raped, and on the same day another 7 women at another checkpoint. So it has been chronic, it’s not just during the five days of fighting; it has continued since then. And really there needs to be efforts there to stop it.”

FILE – UNMISS - 2 AUGUST 2016, WAU, SOUTH SUDAN

8. Wide shot, people walking in protection of civilians site

4 AUGUST 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The High Commissioner is calling for the government to finally take responsibilities for the action of its employees. And also to the Security Council and the African Union to put more pressure on the government. Firstly to get the peace talk back on track, or the peace agreement back on track. And secondly to do something about this chronic human rights violations that keep taking place with immense suffering from the many people of South Sudan.”

FILE – UNMISS - 14 JULY 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

10. Med shot, newly arrived displaced queuing to register
11. Close up, women’s dusty feet

4 AUGUST 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

12 . SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Access is a problem. Security is a problem. It will probably take quite some time before we get a really more or less full picture of exactly what happened during the past few weeks, but clearly I think the preliminary findings show it’s been pretty bad, more killings then were first thought taken place, more killings of civilians, and hundreds of women who have been raped and gang raped. And many of them on an ethnic basis.”

FILE – UNMISS - 14 JULY 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

12. Various shots, displaced people settling in the camp
STORYLINE
Preliminary United Nations (UN) investigations into the recent fighting in South Sudan revealed government security forces carried out killings, rape, looted and destroyed properties. The UN human rights chief today (4 Aug) called on the Security Council to take stronger action.

Describing the situation for women and girls in South Sudan as “appalling”, UN human rights spokesperson Rupert Colville said “one of the huge problems in South Sudan for the past few years is been this chronic immunity, so you had episode after episode of killings and massive numbers of rapes, the situation for women is just appalling. And nothing seems happening about it.”

He added that the lack of accountability for such crimes “encourages it to continue that the further episode to take place.”

Speaking about violations targeting people of Nuer origin, he said, “it seems that the government troops and police were responsible for the great majority, not all but the great majority, of the violations that took place especially the rapes and the summary executions and they were basically targeting the other group which is Nuer.”

On sexual violence against women and girls, Colville said, “the women are going through government checkpoints and getting stopped and raped, sometimes in groups. On the 18th of July for example, there was a huge group, 28 women, who were stopped at a SPLA check point and raped, gang raped, and on the same day another seven women at another checkpoint. So it has been chronic, it’s not just during the five days of fighting; it has continued since then. And really there needs to be efforts there to stop it.”

Calling on the government to “finally take responsibilities for the action of its employees”, he also reiterated that the Security Council and the African Union need to “put more pressure on the government” and “get the peace agreement back on track”.

On UN human rights workers accessing the area, he said “access is a problem. Security is a problem. It will probably take quite some time before we get a really more or less full picture of exactly what happened during the past few weeks, but clearly I think the preliminary findings show it’s been pretty bad, more killings then were first thought taken place, more killings of civilians, and hundreds of women who have been raped and gang raped. And many of them on an ethnic basis.”

The recent fighting between rival forces – the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing First Vice-President Riek Machar – erupted in and around the capital city, Juba, last month.
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