UN human rights team in South Sudan

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. Photo: UNIFEED

A UN team has been deployed to South Sudan to assess the country's human rights situation following reports of violations and abuses committed by both sides in the conflict there.

South Sudan celebrated four years of independence in July, but political crisis between the President and his former deputy has led to the deaths of thousands of people since December 2013.

Dianne Penn reports.

The 10-member team has been deployed to South Sudan in accordance with a UN Human Rights Council resolution.

It will focus on human rights violations affecting civilians in the country since the outbreak of violence nearly two years ago.

It also will build on work done by the human rights division at the UN mission in the country, UNMISS.

An assessment report will be presented to the Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva, at its next session in March 2016.

In a statement, UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the report would include recommendations aimed at improving the human rights situation in the country and to ensure accountability for gross violations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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