"Gross violations" of human rights in South Sudan, says new report

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Hilde Johnson. UN Photo/Tim McKulka

"Gross violations" of international human rights and humanitarian law have almost certainly been committed by both sides in the South Sudanese conflict.

That's according to a new report released on Thursday by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Conflict between government and opposition forces in the world's newest nation began in December 2013, after the former Vice-President was driven from power.

Hilde Johnson is the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in South Sudan.

” The report shows that there has been very serious violations of human rights, grave violations and atrocities committed by both sides. The crimes committed against these individuals and what they endured and the few survivors, is absolutely horrendous.” (0'17")

Violations include extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, rape and other forms of sexual violence.

It also describes targeted attacks against civilians, on hospitals, as well as against UN facilities and staff.

The opposing parties' leaders, President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar, are expected to meet in Addis Ababa on 9 May find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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