Security situation and human rights worsening in South Sudan

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Ellen Margrethe Loej. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The security and human rights situation in South Sudan has deteriorated over the past two months according to the UN's most senior official in the country.

South Sudan continues to endure a conflict which has pitted government forces against rebels.

Inter-communal violence is also on the increase.

Daniel Dickinson reports

Insecurity has been destabilising South Sudan ever since the former Vice-President Riek Machar took up arms against President Salva Kiir.

A cessation of hostilities agreement was signed between the government and rebels but military action has continued in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile States.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan is Ellen Margrethe Loej.

She described a worsening security and human rights situation to a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.

"The security situation has further deteriorated during late April and May. Furthermore, an increasing number of reports indicate widespread human rights abuses, including murder, rape and harassment of civilians, including women, children and the elderly, as well as the destruction of civilian property and livelihoods."

More than two million South Sudanese remain displaced by the fighting.

Over 500,000 of those people have fled to neighbouring countries, while around 2.5 million others face a severe lack of food.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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