SPLA-IO forces rape 2 women in Western Equatoria: R-JMEC report

Oct 24, 2020 (Thessherald)–In its recent quarterly report released last week, the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-ARCSS), has accused the main opposition forces of raping at least two women in the Equatoria region.

“There have been continuous sexual and gender- based violence incidents in some areas of the country, and particularly, the Equatorias. CTSAMVM, in its report No. 2020/07 confirmed that four (4) SPLM-IO soldiers were involved with the rape of two young women in Mundri, Western Equatoria State, between 3 – 4 August 2020,” the peace monitoring body documented in its report.

“Following the incident, the survivors were taken to Mundri for medical treatment. In that instance, the SPLM-IO fully cooperated with local authorities to arrest the suspects who are awaiting trial.”

Implementation of outstanding issues

On the implementation of the peace agreement, R-JMEC noted that despite the little progress made, all the critical tasks that were supposed to be accomplished fell behind schedule.

“During the last quarter, very little progress was made on the implementation of the outstanding Pre-Transitional period tasks, which were moved to the Transitional Period.”

“However, there was some progress made in finally resolving the issue of responsibility sharing at the State and local government levels.”

The Report highlights the continued challenges to implementation, including lack of progress in implementing key aspects of the chapters related to the economy and that of transitional justice, while outlining where some progress has been made.

“In addition, the status of implementation is discussed within the broader context of inter communal violence, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the ongoing humanitarian challenges facing the country,” the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission stressed.

Also highlighted in the Report is the ongoing work of the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC), the various security mechanisms, progress made by the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU), specific efforts made by the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) in encouraging implementation of the R-ARCSS, and recent efforts by the authorities to tackle sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

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