South Sudanese professional-authorities forces killed 114 civilians in a single city final yr and brutally raped women and girls in entrance of their households amid rising ethnic violence within the nation’s civil struggle, a brand new United Nations report stated Friday.
The investigation launched by the U.N. human rights workplace stated these instances and different abuses in Yei between July and January might quantity to crimes towards humanity. Abuses included the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, assaults on funerals, looting and burning.
Yei is the place The Related Press late final yr witnessed our bodies with their palms sure. Satellite tv for pc photographs confirmed “widespread burning of houses and companies,” the report stated.
The brand new report identified the “startling degree of impunity in South Sudan” that has fed cycles of lethal ethnic violence.
South Sudan authorities spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny rejected the report’s findings, saying the federal government is working inside the regulation. “It isn’t true,” he advised the AP. “(Ethnic) Dinkas in that space have been being focused by rebels.” Ethnic Dinkas dominate the army and authorities of President Salva Kiir.
Opposition forces even have been liable for abuses in South Sudan’s battle, now in its fourth yr. “The extent of the abuses by armed opposition teams stays unclear because of lack of entry to areas the place these teams are lively,” the report stated.
Till final yr, Yei had been largely peaceable with 200,000 to 300,000 individuals from numerous tribes. However after lethal violence erupted within the capital, Juba, in July, preventing unfold to elements of South Sudan that had been spared by the battle. As insurgent chief Riek Machar fled into neighboring Congo, preventing broke out in Yei and elsewhere alongside his path.
Tens of hundreds have been killed within the civil struggle. Greater than 1.eight million have fled the nation in what has develop into the world’s quickest rising refugee disaster.
The U.N. referred to as on all sides to put down their arms and for the federal government to research abuses and prosecute these accountable.
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