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In S. Sudan, AU Finds No Cooperation, Required by UNSC, by UNMISS

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 27 -- The UN's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, under Herve Ladsous, has been slow to report on crimes against (some) civilians, much less to protect them as this month in Leer. Inner City Press asked on October 26 about Leer, and on October 27 the UN came back with this:

"Yesterday, Matthew you asked about South Sudan.  The Department for Peacekeeping Operations says that it is aware of reports of SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] attacks in Leer.  While the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) does not currently have presence in Leer, it is looking at ways to improve its ability to assess the situation and enhance the protection of civilians by establishing longer and more established presence in southern Unity state."

But now that the African Union report has been released, there are more questions for the UN and Ladsous to answer.

 From Paragraph 27: "the Commission was unable to access any data in the possession of the UNMISS which has been
documenting the violations committed since the start of the violence in December 2013 — despite the resolution of the Security Council mandating it to cooperate with AUCISS."

  So, despite the UN's claims about "Rights Up Front," not only did UNMISS not comply with general requirements of reporting on harm to civilians - the AU says UNMISS didn't even comply with UN Security Council resolutions. Who will answer for this? We will be asking. And about this, too, on UNDP and UNICEF:

"The Commission learnt that the CPA-DDR program was supported by the UNDP, UNICEF and UNMISS. By the time the program was closed in December 2011, not much had been achieved."

An internal UN document leaked to Inner City Press, which exclusively published it here, shows the high degree of dysfunction in the country, and in the UN.


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