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South Sudan security forces gangraped, assualted and executed women: UN

REUTERS
Published Aug 4, 2016, 4:49 pm IST
Updated Aug 4, 2016, 5:03 pm IST
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged world powers to take ‘urgent action’ to halt violence in the world's newest state
"The fighting also resulted in widespread sexual violence, including rape and gangrape by soldiers in uniform and men in plain clothes. (Photo: AFP)
 "The fighting also resulted in widespread sexual violence, including rape and gangrape by soldiers in uniform and men in plain clothes. (Photo: AFP)

Geneva: Government security forces in South Sudan executed civilians and gangraped women and girls during and after heavy fighting last month in the capital Juba, the United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on the government of President Salva Kiir to prosecute perpetrators and urged world powers to take "urgent action" to halt violence in the world's newest state.

 

"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," Zeid said in a statement.

"The fighting also resulted in widespread sexual violence, including rape and gangrape by soldiers in uniform and men in plain clothes."

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