On South Sudan, US Statement Says UN Documents Rapes, Not That UN Peacekeepers Watched and Did Nothing: Why?

UNITED NATIONS, July 30 (InnerCityPro.com) -- The day after US Ambassador Samantha Power told the UN Security Council to stay on alert over the weekend due to reports of violence in the Equatorias in South Sudan, on July 30 the US issued the statement below. It refers to the UN counting rapes -- but says nothing about UN peacekeepers watching the rapes and doing nohing. Is this because the US is trying to round up new peacekeepers, including from Uganda? Or is it just too much love for the UN, the same reason for the lack of criticism of the corruption unveiled in the Ng Lap Seng UN bribery case, in which Sheri Yan was sentenced to 20 month in prison on July 30? Or to Ng Lap Seng's previously alleged US political corruption? Here's the statement:

July 30, 2016

United States Condemns Continued Fighting in South Sudan

The United States joins the Intergovernmental Authority for Development and the African Union in condemning in the strongest terms the continued fighting in the Equatorian region and other areas of South Sudan.  We call for an immediate halt to combat operations and full compliance with the ceasefire declared on July 11 and in the peace agreement.  Those taking actions threatening the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan, and those responsible for attacks on civilians or UN premises, may be subject to sanctions under UN Security Council Resolution 2206 (2015).

The short-sighted actions of South Sudan's leaders in recent weeks have exacerbated an already intolerable humanitarian crisis; large portions of the country are facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity.  The people of South Sudan should have the opportunity to build their country and pursue their aspirations in peace.  Instead, they are facing the further untold suffering of continued conflict.

Recent weeks have featured well-documented reports of civilian killings and a surge in the number of government soldiers in uniform raping and gang raping women and girls who have taken refuge in UN Protection of Civilian sites.  The U.N. has documented at least 120 cases of sexual violence in the last two weeks.  Those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other violations of international humanitarian law - including those who order or incite violence, or encourage or contribute to the commission of crimes - will be held accountable.  We remind all parties that the peace agreement provides that the Hybrid Court for South Sudan will have jurisdiction over violations of international law committed during the Transitional Period, including those committed during the ongoing violence.

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