South Sudan government forces killed 114 civilians, UN says

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More

South sudan pro-government forces killed 114 civilians in a single town last year amid growing ethnic violence in the country’s civil war, a new United Nations report said Friday.

sudanThe investigation released by the U.N. human rights office said those cases and other abuses in the south sudan town of Yei between July and January may amount to crimes against humanity.

Abuses include the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, attacks on funerals, looting and burning and sexual violence — often brutally committed in front of victims’ families

Yei is where The Associated Press late last year witnessed bodies with their hands bound. Satellite images showed “widespread burning of homes and businesses,” the report said.

The new report pointed out the “startling level of impunity in South Sudan” that has fed cycles of deadly ethnic violence.

South Sudan government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny rejected the report’s findings, saying the government is operating within the law.

Opposition forces also have been responsible for abuses in South Sudan’s conflict, now in its fourth year.

Until last year, Yei had been largely peaceful with 200,000 to 300,000 people from various tribes.

Tens of thousands have been killed in the civil war. More than 1.8 million have fled the country in what has become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

The U.N. called on all sides to lay down their arms and for the government to investigate abuses and prosecute those responsible.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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