Juba, December 19, 2018 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s security forces have detained, attacked, blindfolded, kicked, robbed, stripped, and handcuffed peace monitors as they made their way to Luri, a government source with a full knowledge of the event told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) on Wednesday in Juba.
The official who works for the government described that the detained peace monitors were heading to Luri to investigate an alleged violation of the peace implementation.
“The report that I received indicates that there are at least two sites in Luri where the government is training new military recruits. A lot of people told me it is true. I believe this is the reasons those monitors were trying to investigate,” the source explained.
“I think peace monitors got a piece of very good information because if it is true that the government is training new recruits then it is a violation of the ongoing peace process,” the source continued.
The South Sudan News Agency cannot independently verify the alleged new military training sites in Luri.
However, The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM), the body legally tasked to investigate alleged violations of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) confirmed the attack.
“CTSAMVM condemns in the strongest terms the appalling attack that took place on 18 December 2018, on its Monitoring and Verification Team in the Luri area. CTSAMVM has launched a full investigation into the events in which TGoNU security forces assaulted and illegally detained senior ranking male and female officers and support personnel from IGAD guarantor nations who are assigned as International Observers to CTSAMVM,” a statement obtained by the SSNA reads in part.
The peace monitoring body calls on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to investigate, punish those who attacked its monitors, and reminds the government that its actions are in accordance with national and international laws.