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PRESS STATEMENT ON RENEWED UNMISS MANDATE UNDER UNSCR 2406(2018)

 

RENEWED UNMISS MANDATE UNDER UNSCR 2406(2018)

Juba 15th March, 2019.  United Nation Security Council unanimously adopting  resolution 2406 (2018) under the United Nations Charter’s Chapter VII, the Council maintained overall UNMISS force levels at the troop ceiling of 17,000 which includes a Regional Protection Force of up to 4,000 troops and the police ceiling of 2,101 personnel.  By other terms, the Council demanded that South Sudan’s leaders implement the permanent ceasefire declared in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, and other ceasefires for which they respectively called on 11 July 2016 and 22 May 2017.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization welcome the renewal of UNMISS mandate although it never met our expectations as expected. The mandate sound reasonable if it’s effectively and genuinely implemented with UNMISS in full cooperation and partnership with the government and other stakeholders

Mr. Edmund Yakani Executive Director of CEPO said, the mandate sound reasonable but did not take into account two essential concerns. The two are the call for community engagement to be central to the macabre and secondly maintaining commitment for Sexual Gender Based Violence beside prevention of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). Further, no clear aspect of the mandate on engagement with community and civil society. Ignoring UNMISS engagement with community and civil society is removing away human face from UNMISS and directing UNMISS for exclusive and non-diverse deliberations    

We are disturbed by the mandate silence on SGBV and community engagement including clear interaction with civil society. Made activists like me concerned about the state of the UNMISS mandate. In terms of the commitment for protection of civilians, human rights protection and strengthening efforts for making the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan realized is remarkable. Mr. Yakani stressed

CEPO is urging leadership of UNMISS and Government to improve relationship for the effective delivery of the new renewed mandate under the UNSCR 2406(2018). CEPO will partner with other civil society across the country to conduct public sensitization on UNMISS new mandate and voluntarily offer regular civil society oversight observation report on UNMISS performance in relation to the realization of the new mandate under UNSCR 2406(2018)