November 25, 2020

UN accuses Salva Kiir’s forces of human atrocities

The United Nations has said the SPLA mainstream faction under President Salva Kiir committed human atrocities including killing, looting and raping of civilians mainly from the Nuer tribe.

The preliminary investigations by the world body into the recent heavy gun battle in South Sudan revealed that SPLA- in Government last month of July that registered bloody gunfire, targeted civilians.

The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday at the world body’s headquarters in New York calling on the Security Council to take stronger action.

“Preliminary investigations into the recent fighting in South Sudan indicates that Government security forces carried out killings and rapes, and looted and destroyed properties,”

Mr. Al Hussein added that tensions remain very high in the oil rich and unstable nation

“Tensions remain very high, and violations continue to take place in Juba and other parts of the country,” he said in a new release after providing a written update on the preliminary findings dubbed “snapshot” of the incident, on Tuesday to the 15-member Council.

He said that information received by UN human rights officers suggests hundreds of fighters and civilians were killed during the initial fighting.

While some civilians were killed in crossfire between the fighting forces, others were reportedly summarily executed by Government (SPLA) soldiers, who appear to have specifically targeted people of Nuer origin.

The recent fighting between rival forces of Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing the deliberately missing First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar serupted in and around the capital city Juba on 7 July.

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