The United Nations is a bit disappointed following the enraging South Sudan violence. This is despite the country signing a peace treaty a year ago. The peace deal was supposed to put an end to the long-serving disputes and conflicts in the country. According to a United Nations Commission of Human Rights report in South Sudan, the war itself has intensified after the peace deal. Much worse compared to the time before the signing of the peace deal. More and even worst-case scenarios of violations of human rights in the region.
Recap of South Sudan violence
Violence was the only language experienced in South Sudan for five years since the year 2013. The South Sudan political influence influenced all this violence. South Sudan gained its independence in the year 2011. It came at the price of long years of civil war for the sake of independence. A war that was once again triggered in 2013 following president Salva Kiir firing his vice president.
The two leaders from different ethnic groups, their indifferences have led to thousands of lives being lost. To be almost exact, a total of more than 400,000 people have succumbed due to the war. Through foreign aid, the two leaders have been made to see eye to eye on the matter. Peace treaties have for the longest time been proposed. And finally, despite the leaders’ many attempts to postpone the Agenda, a peace treaty was signed in 2019.
South Sudan Violence 2020
Yasmin Sooka, UNs human rights commission in South Sudan, affirms the increased level of violence. In fact, she compares it with the 2013 t0 2019 South Sudan violence and confirms the one in 2020 is exceeding. Major acts of violence such as killing thousands of people. Especially in the regions of Central Equatoria, Warrap, Jonglei, and Greater Pibor. They represented some of the war-torn regions of South Sudan in 2020. There is also reported gender-based violence on women. From acts of abduction to rape, gang-rape, sexual slavery, to forced marriages.
Speculations of the possible reason for the 2020 violence
According to Andrew Clapham, a commission member, it all scales back to local rebel groups. However, this time, the groups might be armed with newly fangled weapons. Weapons that can only be made available only by the state forces or other external respondents. Military spokesman, Santo Domic Chol, made no delays in responding to the human rights commission allegations.
In his statement, he confirms to not be against the UN report as it is not the first time for the commission to utter such remarks. He further urges the commission to share information with the military to avoid any misunderstandings in the future. He also agrees to correct any mistakes from their side as well.