Assembly committee to investigates atrocities in Yei

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[Yei, South Sudan, TCT]  The state government of Yei State has formed and dispatched a fact-finding committee to carry out inquiries on the recent instabilities.

Yei State Legislative Assembly set up the fact-finding committee to conduct investigations into atrocities committed in the prevailing insecurity in the state. the committee is expected to write a report after seven days.

Malish Noel Scopas, Chairperson of State Assembly Information Committee, said the assembly’s committee will investigate “a number of atrocities” that have happened, including rape, looting of property and killing of civilians.

“The whole motion is on the prevailing insecurity in Yei River State, and the incidents of 8th to 11th July in Juba, which have caused social and political instability,” Malish said.

The five-member committee will visit key places like hospitals, police stations, residential areas, county authorities, gender desks, churches, line ministries and will also meet judges and opinion leaders in the state.

After the fact finding mission, Malish said the committee will present its report to the assembly for parliament to analyze and formulate concrete resolutions for the executive to implement.

“As parliament, we always wanted to have concrete evidence at hand. We will follow these people,” he said, referring to alleged perpetrators of crimes.
However, the assembly has the power to extend the time frame of the fact finding mission so that it obtains enough evidence to substantiate claims of crime, Malish told TCT.

A report that was released earlier in the year by Legal Action Worldwide said that government and rebel forces, militias and unidentified armed men in uniform are involved in the commission of offences which the committee will be investigating.

A United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Human Rights Report also stated that there is evidence that acts of sexual violence committed since 2013 following the outbreak of conflict between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar may amount to crimes against humanity.

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