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SPLA welcomes investigation into alleged Unity rights abuse

Author : | Published: Friday, May 22, 2015

The SPLA has welcomed investigation of the human rights violations allegedly committed by its forces in Unity State.

Amnesty International says soldiers committed the violations over the past two weeks.

It says the soldiers burnt down villages, killed civilians and abducted women and children.

In a report, the rights group described how women were beaten, raped and their property stolen by men in uniform.

SPLA spokesperson Col Philip Aguer told Eye Radio that the allegations have no proof.

“In the war situation you cannot confirm anything by hearsay or confirm anything when you are in Juba or when you are in Washington,” Col Aguer said.

“The beast way is to go to the ground, conduct thorough investigation.  If the Amnesty International has people on the ground wherever in Unity State, let them tell us that they are on the ground.”

This week, the UN also said that children were recruited into the armed forces, raped and killed during attacks in Unity State.

But the Minister of Justice, Paulino Wanawilla, said there was no evidence to prove the claims.

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