UN: Many Hundreds Killed In Violence In South Sudan

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Tambura - South Sudan Violence

Tambura: At least 440 people were killed in violence between warring parties in the South Sudanese county of Tambura between June and September last year, the United Nations said in a new report on Tuesday.

Between June and September 2021, at least 440 civilians were killed, 18 injured, and 74 abducted during clashes between warring groups. At least 64 civilians were subjected to conflict-related sexual violence, among them a 13-year-old girl who was gang-raped to death.

In addition, some 80,000 were forced to flee their homes to escape fighting. Looting and destruction of property, child conscription, attacks on protected personnel and facilities, and hate speech and incitement to violence were among the other human rights violations the investigation uncovered.

The United Nations human rights agency blamed the violations and abuses on members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) and the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF), and their respective affiliated militias.

Those suspected of instigating, facilitating and aiding the violence have been identified including high-ranking military officials and community and religious leaders. “Allegations against these individuals must be promptly, thoroughly and independently investigated; and perpetrators brought to justice and held accountable,” Bachelet added.

UNMISS and the UN Human Rights Office urge the Government of South Sudan to investigate and prosecute those responsible, including individuals in positions of command and authority in accordance with the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

New Report: South Sudan Human Rights Monitor

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