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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concerned about human rights violations in South Sudan

The situation in South Sudan remains extremely volatile, with sporadic clashes between armed elements still taking place, forcing civilians to seek safety in UN facilities, religious establishments and other perceived havens. This is according to the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, who, in his report last week said that UNMISS Human Rights Division was investigating allegations of serious human rights violations and abuses that have occurred in Juba and other affected towns. Around 60,000 displaced people have sought protection and safety in UN compounds across the country. There has been no fighting in Juba itself for close to three weeks now, but sporadic shooting and reportedly other violations continue there and there is much fear and anxiety.
OCHA is concerned that outside the capital, serious security constraints have at times limited UNMISS’s access to key locations, including Bor, which has already changed hands three times since fighting began almost three weeks ago. And there have been difficulties operating in Malakal, which has been the scene of repeated fighting between pro-government and anti-government forces. Colville said that fighting continues in Bentiu, in Unity State, which has also changed hands several times and has been the scene of human rights violations.
The High Commissioner appeals for restraint from all parties and reminds them of their responsibility to protect civilians and respect innocent lives. We welcome recent high-level commitments to investigate these serious human rights violations and establish who is responsible, as urged by the African Union. These investigations need to be undertaken as soon as possible in accordance with internationally accepted standards and principles of objectivity, transparency and due process.


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