S. Sudan rebel faction welcomes AU, ICC investigations into rights abuses
A senior South Sudanese rebel official said they have no objection to an investigation into alleged human right violations committed during the more than nine-month-long armed conflict with the government. Oyet Nathaniel Pierino told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that over 20,000 ethnic Nuers were killed during the genesis of the crisis, adding that 10 mass graves were recovered in the capital, Juba, alone.
Pierino says the leadership of the opposition faction of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) is well prepared for any investigation into alleged abusescalling on for an engagement of human right experts to investigate out atrocities committed in the world’s new nation.
EU increases humanitarian assistance in S. Sudan by €20m
The European Commission has increased by €20 million its funding to South Sudan, which currently faces a worrying humanitarian crisis. “A human catastrophe of alarming proportions is happening in South Sudan,” said Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response.
“The country faces the worst food security crisis in the world with more than half its population – seven million people – stalked by hunger. 50 000 children are in danger of dying if emergency aid does not reach them now,” she added.
China to send 700 troops to South Sudan to assist UN mission
China said on Thursday it will send 700 troops to join a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, where fighting has threatened Beijing’s oil investments.
The troops will assist the U.N. with protecting citizens and humanitarian workers and in other security-related activities in the newly independent country, said Defence Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng in a statement.
The location of the troops and the timing of the deployment were still being negotiated, the statement said.