Two senior UN officials go to South Sudan in wake of rights abuses

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Two senior United Nations officials are going to South Sudan this weekend following mass killings in the towns of Bentiu and Bor and the use of radio to disseminate hate speech.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the ongoing conflict between government forces and rebels loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar.

The UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN Secretary-General asked UN High commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng to go to South Sudan.

"The two high level officials are expected to meet with senior officials in South Sudan and also in the region to discuss concrete ways to help stop the violence, protect civilians against further violations of human rights and humanitarian law, as well as ensure accountability for violations and crimes committed" (18").

The UN human rights office in Geneva said that if security conditions permit, Ms Pillay will also travel to sites where grave human rights violations have occurred.

South Sudan which gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 continues to be plagued by inter-communal conflict.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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