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South Sudan President Salva Kiir has dispatched a team tasked with organizing for the voluntary return of South Sudanese refugees from neigbouring countries, a source said.

The first delegation, a source at the presidency told Sudan Tribune, was dispatched to Sudan’s region of Darfur, where a large population of South Sudanese refugees from Western Bahr El Ghazal State, fled.

 
He added, “There is no need to continue to stay in Sudan when security situation has improved, and the peace agreement is being implemented. There is no more fighting in the Raja area at the moment. Calm and tranquility had returned to the area and so people felt it is time they return home”.

Conflicts in South Sudan continue to cause hesitations among refugees to return to ancestral homes. Albeit, fighting has subsided, past experiences and prospects for inclusive settlement remain grim. 

According to humanitarian agencies, an estimated 2 million South Sudanese have sought refuge in neighbouring countries as refugees. At least 63% of South Sudanese refugees are reportedly under the age of 18.

The majority of South Sudanese refugees live in Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, where their living conditions have deteriorated rapidly and pressure for their return is mounting. Yet, over the past five years, less than 269,000 “voluntary returns” have been registered, and the pace is not picking up. Doors to other countries are also largely shut.

Moreover, refugees in these neigbouring countries find themselves in a bind, between staying on in increasingly skeptical host communities or returning to an insecure future. In all of the major host countries for South Sudan refugees – Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan – hospitality is wearing thin, while an increasing share of refugees face economic deprivation.

On the other hand, however, returning to the world’s newest nation is fraught with risks – economically, socially and in terms of security – and rates of return, despite mounting pressure, have recently declined. By Koch Madut, Tower Post

Police and Corrections Officers in Malakal had a lot to take in when being trained by UN Police serving on human rights and crime prevention. Photos: Samson Liberty/UNMISS

 

Deficiencies when it comes to the rule of law coupled with a dire economic reality have seen a rise of crime in Upper Nile State. UN Police serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan are trying to improve the situation by giving law enforcement officers the knowledge they need.

“I learnt about community policing and the importance of the relationship and trust between citizens and the police. Adequate community policing will ease our work in terms of information sharing and the investigation and handling of crimes and criminals,” said Major Tuong Kur Deng, a senior police officer who attended a recent training.

The three-day workshop was attended by some thirty uniformed officers, including a handful of women. It covered an extensive range of topics, including basic principles of human rights, the country’s legal framework and community policing methods. It was part of the peacekeeping mission’s mandate and efforts to strengthen South Sudan’s entire justice system by building its capacity.

Prisons and their staff are other vital links in that system, and hence corrections officers also participated in the training.

“I now know more about human rights in general and the rights of those behind bars in particular. We need to respect their dignity and rights, listen to their needs, examine their mental health and help them through their rehabilitation,” commented Nyakei Bol, a female prison officer in Malakal.

Similar workshops to build the capacity of police officers and other personnel serving within the justice system are scheduled to take place across the Upper Nile region. - SAMSON LIBERTY, UNMISS/UNITED NATIONS

Bodies of slain Italian Ambassador to DRC Luca Attanasio and an Italian Carabinieri police officer are loaded into an Italian Air Force plane at Goma Airport on February 23, 2021. Congolese police say they have arrested key suspects in the murder of the Italian diplomat. FILE PHOTO | AFP

Congolese police say they have arrested key suspects in the murder of an Italian diplomat, nearly a year since the incident which happened in the eastern part of the country.

According to Aba Van Ang, the provincial commissioner for the North Kivu police, six men were arrested on Wednesday. They were presented to Constant Ndima, the governor of North Kivu and are said to be "serious criminals, who have accomplices operating on motorbikes".

The revelations came 11 months after the ambassador, Mr Luca Attanasio, was killed in an ambush in Nyiragongo territory, four kilometres from the eastern DRC town of Goma.

He was attacked by armed gunmen who also killed his bodyguard and his driver as they drove on a road considered "dangerous".

Identities not revealed

The provincial commissioner said that the men were “criminals [who] often kidnap international officials" in North Kivu, but did not reveal their identities.

“Some were operating in neighbouring countries and in the DRC and Maniema province, while others were carrying out their criminal activities in the city of Goma and its surroundings," the North Kivu provincial police commissioner said.

Romy Ekuka Lipopo, vice-governor of North Kivu, wants the suspected bandits brought before the military justice system, suggesting the seriousness with which the government was treating the case.

"I am also appealing to our justice system. It must be our secular arm. Today, let justice be done," he insisted.

Officials at the time had suggested the Italian diplomat had no clearance to travel in a region where, usually, dignitaries are often given additional security escort on prior request. By PATRICK ILUNGA, The East African

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