South Sudan: UN Human Rights experts investigating reported atrocities

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Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite

UN Human Rights officers are working "around the clock" gathering information on alleged atrocities and abuses in South Sudan, the spokesperson at the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) reports.

UNMISS spokesperson Joseph Contreras said on Thursday that it's estimated that more than 1,000 people have been killed as a result of the recent political turmoil.

He said the mission has received evidence and eyewitness testimony of extrajudicial killings, rapes, arbitrary detention and other abuses.

"Our Human Rights officers are working around the clock in various parts of the country where the worst of the fighting is taking place to try to gather more information on these reports of atrocities and document the allegations. We don't have yet an estimate on how many atrocities have taken place since the crisis broke out on 15 December."

Nearly 200,000 people have been displaced as a result of the crisis in South Sudan, the world's youngest nation.

Meanwhile, more than 57,000 civilians have sought refuge in UNMISS installations nationwide.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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