Joint IOM/UNMISS Press Release on the visit of IOM DG and SRSG Loej in Bentiu, Saturday 23 May

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION
UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN
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IOM Director General Swing and SRSG Løj visit Bentiu

[Juba, 24 May 2015] The Director General (DG) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing, accompanied by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, traveled to Bentiu on Saturday 23 May.
The delegation visited the recent extension of the UNMISS PoC site, a multi-agency effort which has involved a number of activities, including extensive ground works to improve drainage before the rainy season, and the establishment of humanitarian services and shelter. Civilians are expected to be relocated in the expanded site in the coming weeks.  

During their stay in the capital of Unity State, DG Swing and SRSG Løj also met with the acting Governor and its Council of Ministers, as well as with the County Commissioner of Rubkona.

This joint visit was made to assess the fate of civilians following the fighting throughout Unity State over the past several weeks,” said IOM DG Swing. IOM is overseeing the renovation and expansion of the 1.5 million square meters PoC site. “The renovation of the site will not only mitigate the deplorable flooding conditions suffered by IPDs during the last rainy season, but will also greatly enhance overall protection at the site.”  

The protection of civilians mandate of UNMISS goes beyond the PoC sites. “We face a great challenge in ensuring the protection of the hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians throughout South Sudan,” the SRSG said.

The SRSG added: “UNMISS is deeply troubled by reports of grave violations and abuses of human rights perpetrated during the fighting”, SRSG Løj added. “We must be able to document these crimes by being given unimpeded access to areas where violence has occurred. I want to reiterate how important it is to hold accountable all those who committed atrocities against civilians during the fighting.”SRSG Løj concluded.   

UNMISS is currently protecting over 60,000 civilians in its protection of civilians sites in Bentiu, and 130,000 on its POC sites in South Sudan.

For more information:
IOM:               Ashley Mc Laughlin, amclaughlin@iom.int, +211 922 405 716     http://southsudan.iom.int/

UNMISS:         Ariane Quentier, quentier@un.org, +211 912 1 77 77 0 http://www.unmiss.unmissions.org/

JOINT PRESS RELEASE
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION
UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN
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IOM Director General Swing and SRSG Løj visit Bentiu

[Juba, 24 May 2015] The Director General (DG) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing, accompanied by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, traveled to Bentiu on Saturday 23 May.
The delegation visited the recent extension of the UNMISS PoC site, a multi-agency effort which has involved a number of activities, including extensive ground works to improve drainage before the rainy season, and the establishment of humanitarian services and shelter. Civilians are expected to be relocated in the expanded site in the coming weeks.  

During their stay in the capital of Unity State, DG Swing and SRSG Løj also met with the acting Governor and its Council of Ministers, as well as with the County Commissioner of Rubkona.

This joint visit was made to assess the fate of civilians following the fighting throughout Unity State over the past several weeks,” said IOM DG Swing. IOM is overseeing the renovation and expansion of the 1.5 million square meters PoC site. “The renovation of the site will not only mitigate the deplorable flooding conditions suffered by IPDs during the last rainy season, but will also greatly enhance overall protection at the site.”  

The protection of civilians mandate of UNMISS goes beyond the PoC sites. “We face a great challenge in ensuring the protection of the hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians throughout South Sudan,” the SRSG said.

The SRSG added: “UNMISS is deeply troubled by reports of grave violations and abuses of human rights perpetrated during the fighting”, SRSG Løj added. “We must be able to document these crimes by being given unimpeded access to areas where violence has occurred. I want to reiterate how important it is to hold accountable all those who committed atrocities against civilians during the fighting.”SRSG Løj concluded.   

UNMISS is currently protecting over 60,000 civilians in its protection of civilians sites in Bentiu, and 130,000 on its POC sites in South Sudan.

For more information:
IOM:               Ashley Mc Laughlin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +211 922 405 716     http://southsudan.iom.int/

UNMISS:         Ariane Quentier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +211 912 1 77 77 0 http://www.unmiss.unmissions.org/