SOUTH SUDAN / RAPE CRIMES

10-Jul-2018 00:03:16
A UN report urges the South Sudanese government to prosecute perpetrators of targeted gang rapes and killings, adding that "these alleged crimes are human rights violations that could amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes." OHCHR / FILE
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / RAPE CRIMES
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SOURCE: OHCHR / FILE
RESTRICTION: PLEASE CREDIT OHCHR FOOTAGE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JULY 2018, GENEVA / FILE
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FILE – UNMISS – 6 JUNE 2018, LEER, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, aerial shot of Leer
2. Close up, zoom in to still photo burnt village Leer

10 JULY 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero, Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“The findings are harsh. There is a high level of cruelty in this war, in South Sudan. And what we found was that there were deliberate targeting of civilians in villages around these areas, with killings documented, indiscriminate shellings, where civilians were found. Deliberate killings of civilians, including the elderly or disabled. Also a lot of rapes and gang rapes of women and children.”

FILE – UNMISS – 6 JUNE 2018, LEER, SOUTH SUDAN

4. Wide shot, barbed wire women in camp

10 JULY 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero, Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“In this report the responsibility of the government forces is very high. The events took place in the context of attacks between the SPLA IO, opposition and government forces. But the majority of the violations that were documented were the responsibility of the SPLA and proxy youth gangs - that they have used against civilians in many of these villages.”
6. Med shot, Juliette Rivero showing the map
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero, Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“This report documents violations some of which could amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes. A court of law would have to determine what these crimes are but of course we have documented targeted killings of civilians – including the most vulnerable and rapes and gang rapes, all of which would qualify as crimes under international law.”

FILE – UNMISS – 6 JUNE 2018, LEER, SOUTH SUDAN

8. Wide shot, people under trees

10 JULY 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“The civilian population find themselves absolutely destitute. I mean, there are testimonies that are collected in this report, such as of a fourteen-year-old girl, who really says: ‘how will she ever forget the smell of the burning bodies in her village or the images of women hanging from trees.’ As some were reportedly hanging from trees after being raped.”

FILE – UNMISS – 6 JUNE 2018, LEER, SOUTH SUDAN

10. Wide shot, women and children
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“The main recommendation is to hold the perpetrators to account and the government of South Sudan has in principle agreed to the establishment of a hybrid court, for these crimes. And we hope that with the support of the African Union, who is charged with setting up this court that prosecution can start. But the government itself can prosecute these crimes and make sure that perpetrators do not continue to commit such crimes in impunity.”
12. Close up, report

FILE – UNMISS – 6 JUNE 2018, LEER, SOUTH SUDAN

13. Wide shot, still photo of burnt village
14. Close up, people in hospital
STORYLINE
A UN report urges the South Sudanese government to prosecute perpetrators of targeted gang rapes and killings, adding that "these alleged crimes are human rights violations that could amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes."

SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero, Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“The findings are harsh. There is a high level of cruelty in this war, in South Sudan. And what we found was that there wer e deliberate targeting of civilians in villages around these areas, with killings documented, indiscriminate shellings, where civilians were found. Deliberate killings of civilians, including the elderly or disabled. Also a lot of rapes and gang rapes of women and children.”

The report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Office (OHCHR), documents indiscriminate attacks against civilians in the South Unity State of South Sudan – between April and May 2018.

SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero, Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“In this report the responsibility of the government forces is very high. The events took place in the context of attacks between the SPLA IO, opposition and government forces. But the majority of the violations that were documented were the responsibility of the SPLA and proxy youth gangs - that they have used against civilians in many of these villages.”

The report lists at least 30 villages attacked by South Sudanese forces and its associated forces. During these attacks more than 112 girls and women were raped or gang raped. Another more than 150 civilians were killed.

SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero, Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“This report documents violations some of which could amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes. A court of law would have to determine what these crimes are but of course we have documented targeted killings of civilians – including the most vulnerable and rapes and gang rapes, all of which would qualify as crimes under international law.”

The attacks have led to thousands of displacements. An estimated 8,000 people are reported to be sheltering in bushes and swamps in the East of Leer.

Human rights investigators verified and corroborated information on the violations and abuses by conducting more than 60 interviews with victims and eyewitnesses.

SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“The civilian population find themselves absolutely destitute. I mean, there are testimonies that are collected in this report, such as of a fourteen-year-old girl, who really says: ‘how will she ever forget the smell of the burning bodies in her village or the images of women hanging from trees.’ As some were reportedly hanging from trees after being raped.”

Since 2013, at the start of the conflict in the world’s youngest nation - almost 2 million people have been internally displaced, and another 2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, with 1 million in Uganda alone. More than 230,000 people are sheltering in six United Nations bases in towns across the country. Famine was declared in conflict-affected areas in the former Unity state in the first half of the year.

SOUNDBITE (English) Juliette de Rivero Head of East and Southern Africa, United Nations Human Rights:
“The main recommendation is to hold the perpetrators to account and the government of South Sudan has in principle agreed to the establishment of a hybrid court, for these crimes. And we hope that with the support of the African Union, who is charged with setting up this court that prosecution can start. But the government itself can prosecute these crimes and make sure that perpetrators do not continue to commit such crimes in impunity.”
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