SOUTH SUDAN / WAR CRIMES

10-Mar-2016 00:02:10
A United Nations Human Rights Office released a report on the conflict in South Sudan saying the government is responsible for the possible commitment of war crimes and crimes against humanity. OHCHR
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WAR CRIMES
TRT: 02:10
SOURCE: OHCHR / UNMISS FILE
RESTRICTIONS: EMBARGOED UNTIL 0900 GMT 11 MARCH 2016
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 JANUARY 2016 JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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FILE – UNMISS -2014, BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Tracking shot, bodies

OHCHR - 20 JANUARY 2016 JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

2. Med shot, IDPs
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Marshall, Coordinator UN Human Rights Assessment mission on South Sudan:
“The key findings are that crimes against humanity and war crimes have continued into 2015. And they have predominantly been perpetrated by the government. There are instances of opposition violations as well. But the violations identified in 2013, 14 and 15 are the same – which is killing of civilians, displacement, pillaging, abductions, rape and generally terrorizing the civilian population.”
4. Med shot, UN staff interacting with local community
5. Med shot, IDP’s behind barbed wire mesh in camp
6. SOUNDBITE (English) David Marshall, Coordinator UN Human Rights Assessment mission on South Sudan:
“So our impressions after being here for three months are that there’s been profound suffering on the civilian population. So the conflict that began in December 2013 has intensified in 2015, particularly in one state, Unity State - where there’s been a push by the government both through the military leadership and the political leadership to displace, kill, rape, abduct and pillage large portions of the civilian population and the consequences is that there is pretty much terror.”

FILE – UNMISS -2014, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

7. Wide shot, IDP Camp Bor

OHCHR - 20 JANUARY 2016 JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Marshall, Coordinator UN Human Rights Assessment mission on South Sudan:
“We agreed with those findings of 2014 that taking those violations as a whole, we would say these amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes – by both sides but the violations, in 2015 are predominantly the responsibility of the government.”

FILE – UNMISS -2014, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

9. Pan right, destruction Bor town
10. Med shot, destruction Bor town
STORYLINE
A United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office released a report Friday (11 Mar) on the conflict in South Sudan that said the government was responsible for the possible commitment of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“The key findings are that crimes against humanity and war crimes have continued into 2015. And they have predominantly been perpetuated by the government. There are instances of opposition violations as well. But the violations identified in 2013, 14 and 15 are the same – which is killing of civilians, displacement, pillaging, abductions, rape and generally terrorizing the civilian population,” said David Marshall the coordinator of the UN Human Rights assessment team.

The report has recorded a myriad of violations, including rape and forced disappearances. From eye witness accounts, the team heard of about 60 people suffocated at the hands of government forces, while detained in a container, in Leer town.

The 102 paged report covers violations in the country during the conflict in 2015.

The investigation team set up at the behest of the Human Rights Council observed that the world’s youngest nation is devoid of a functional justice system.

The team which spent three months in the country recorded violations in Unity State, noting high incidents of sexual violence, with at least 1300 rapes recorded in September 2015. In Upper Nile a high number of civilians have been displaced with more than 300,000 internally displaced people documented late last year. Other regions covered in the report are Central and Western Equatoria.

The report concurs with earlier findings in 2014 by an African Union Report and subsequently the UN Mission in South Sudan on sexual violence that could amount to crimes against humanity.
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