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SPLA-IO’s “Implementation Task Force” to be trained by UN in Pagak

Press release:

Pagak – The “[Peace] Implementation Task Force” from the SPLA-IO is set to be trained by the United Nation in Pagak, the opposition is head quarter, as part of the peace implementation.

“The main aim of the training is to equip members and carry out activities under the four pillars of the Plan: Prevention, Accountability, Training and Capacity Building and Communication and Outreach” SPLA-IO’s Deputy Spokesperson Maj. Gatluak Jok Nyuot said in a press statement imparted to Wangdunkon Media

‘The Implementation Task force’ will  consist of senior staff; including representatives of the five Military Directorates (Operations, Military Justice, Political and Moral Orientation, Logistics, Training, and Administration and Finance) to be trained around February this year in Pagak.

The work plan operationalizes key aspects of the “Communiqué of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/A on preventing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan“, issued by the Chairman of the SPLM/A, Dr Riek Machar on 18 December 2014

“The same is expected from Focal points at the Division, Brigade, Battalion, Company and platoon levels to get train also and help in Identifying Cases related to sexual violence (CRSV) and Organize regular consultations with service providers and communities. Focal point members to ensure the dissemination of the Communiqué, implementation plan, command orders as well as the signing of undertakings by commanders at all levels and  to Advocate and facilitate unhindered humanitarian access in areas in control of SPLA/SPLM” ~ continued part of the statement

Sexual Violence Prevention Focal Points will be designated among the existing Military and Moral Orientation Officers at Division, Brigade, Battalion and Company levels.

The Focal Points will work closely with the Task Force, as well as the Special Investigation, Monitoring and Documentation Unit (SIMDU) to carry out the following Tasks:

  • Organize frequent awareness-raising sessions on CRSV at all levels within SPLA,
  • Provide advice to commanders at all levels on addressing CRSV cases,
  • collect, document and report cases involving elements from the SPLA/IO to the Implementation Task Force,
  • Refer cases directly to existing referral mechanism (referral pathway) and Act as the entry point between the community and the SPLA/IO to enhance early warning mechanism and response for survivors,
  • Collaborate with the Military Justice authorities at all levels and ensure inclusion of gender perspectives in all decision-making processes.

Delegates from the United Nations through the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, to make consultation with the leadership of SPLM/A-IO on the margins or immediately after the AU summit in Addis; possibly on 30 January to 2 February 2016.

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