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Top UN human rights official to visit South Sudan


January 13, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights will visit South Sudan from 14-17 January to assess the human rights situation as well as the impact of nearly a month of fighting in the country

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The assistant secretary-general for human ights, Ivan Šimonovic (Photo courtesy of the UN)

Ivan Šimonovic will, as part of this four-day visit, also identify areas for improvement in the situation of the country’s affected civilian population.

Šimonovic will also meet with senior government officials, the national human rights community, diplomats, representatives of the civil society and people uprooted by the fighting.

“He plans to travel to Malakal, Bentiu and possibly Bor”, partly reads a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on the visit.

Nearly a month of violence, which started from the country’s capital and later spread to other states, has left over 1,000 people dead with tens of thousands displaced.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay recently expressed grave concern over the severe human rights violations allegedly taking place daily in South Sudan during the past four weeks of violence.

Pillay, as well as other UN officials and human rights experts, also expressed serious concern about the safety of those who have been arrested, including hundreds of civilians who were reportedly detained during house-to-house searches and are being held in unidentified locations.


Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an emergency operation to expand aid to people affected by the crisis in South Sudan.

The three month operation, it said in a statement, seeks to provide food for up to 400,000 internally displaced people, costing nearly $60m.

The UN mission further said it had intensified its patrol in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, Juba, as well as Malakal and Nassir in Upper Nile state.


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  • 14 January 2014 07:35, by Tutbol

    As much as no human beings with integrity love no other human beings to die or be abused in any form or shape; The UN & the US bullying of S Sudanese has reach a level to which they be openly told by S Sudanese to get off our backs. Just some couple of months ago. The military in Egypt shot down their unarmed protesting civilians, but the whole world is yet to hear the so-called UN...

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    • 14 January 2014 07:39, by Tutbol

      and its criminal financiers in the US investigating the Egyptian military for human right violations.

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      • 14 January 2014 07:52, by Mi diit

        Please visit the mass graves in Juba where Kiir buried hundreds of Nuer civilians he cowardly murdered in December 2013. He mobilized his militias called gelweng from Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal and brought them to Juba as part of the presidential guards. These were the armed militias that killed civilians indiscriminately the day Kiir wore military uniform. Kiir to ICC soon if he will live

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  • 14 January 2014 08:20, by Majongdit

    Dear Ivan,
    Please go to Bentiu and see for yourself a mass grave of hundreds of buried innocent Inka civilians. Go to Bor and check the following:
    1. The mass slaughter of the Dinka Bor civilians
    2. The forceful recruitment of underage children by Riek to serve as child soldiers.
    Then finally, ask Hilde why toes she incline to the US request to destabilise South Sudan as in supporting rebels

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    • 14 January 2014 08:42, by omoni jr.

      look at you. you are so bias,
      how about Nuer who killed in cold blood in the first day in juba? Even your tribal leader kiir acknowledged and took the responsible as his gangs murdered Nuer civilians in juba. you are the part of the problem Not solution.

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  • 14 January 2014 09:13, by hellonearth

    Breaking News

    Malakal Town has been recaptured by Force loyal to DR. REIK.
    Democracy OYYYYEEEEEE...
    More to come

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