South Sudan urged to stop human rights violations

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President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir welcomes UNMISS, SRSG Hilde F. Johnson during meeting with Council of Ministers on Aug. 17. 2012 UN Photo/Staton Winter

The government of South Sudan has been urged to take action to stop violations of human rights allegedly committed by elements of the army in Jonglei State

The call comes from Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), following reports of a killing, rapes and torture in Pibor County in July and August.

Dianne Penn reports.

According to UNMISS, there have been significant improvements in the security situation in South Sudan's largest state since the beginning of the year, when hundreds of people died in inter-communal violence.

However, in a statement on Friday, UNMISS expressed concern about a rise in serious human rights violations in Jonglei allegedly committed by elements in the South Sudanese Army (SPLA).

These include a killing, 12 rapes, and 27 allegations of torture or ill-treatment, which occurred in Pibor County in July and August.

UNMISS says it is investigating these matters, together with the reported murder of an SPLA soldier on 16 August.

The SPLA has also told the mission that it has ordered its own investigations.

Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, has called for the government to take action against the perpetrators.

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