114 civilians die in South Sudan violence: UN

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 19 May 2017, 19:03:09

114 civilians die in South Sudan violence: UN

A United Nations report said on Friday the South Sudanese pro-government forces killed 114 civilians in a single town last year amid growing ethnic violence in the country’s civil war, according to a global media report.

The investigation released by the UN human rights office said those cases and other abuses in the town of Yei between July and January may amount to crimes against humanity. Abuses include the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, looting and burning and sexual violence.

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. “It’s not true,” he said. “(Ethnic) Dinkas in that area were being targeted by rebels.” Ethnic Dinkas dominate the military and government of President Salva Kiir.
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