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UN human rights chief, genocide advisor in S. Sudan over killings

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April 25, 2014 (JUBA) – Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is due to visit the South Sudanese capital, Juba this Saturday, her office announced on Friday.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (UN)

Pillay will be accompanied on the joint mission by Adama Dieng, the special advisor on prevention of genocide. Their visit comes in the wake of the recent killings, which took place in South Sudan’s Unity and Jonglei state capitals.

The mission is reportedly at the request of the Secretary-General and in the light of this week’s discussion on the world’s youngest nation in the UN Security Council (UNSC). Not much is, however, known about the duration of the mission.

Members of the Security Council reportedly expressed horror and anger at the mass violence in Bentiu, vowing additional measures, should attacks on civilians continue.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said on Monday that more than 200 people died in Bentiu after the strategic town fell to opposition forces last week.

UNMISS, in a statement, said it "strongly condemns the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality in Bentiu."

"More than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded at the Mosque," the world body said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

"UNMISS also strongly condemns the use of Radio Bentiu FM by some individuals associated with the opposition to broadcast hate speech," it added.

Fighting erupted in mid-December between soldiers aligned with former vice president Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir with the president accusing his ex-deputy of staging a coup, which Machar denied but now leads a rebel movement.

The fighting is often seen as pinning President Kiir’s Dinka tribe against Machar’s Nuer, although both politicians have supporters across irrespective of tribal affiliation.

Both sides have been accused by Human Rights Watch of committing atrocities.

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  • 26 April 2014 13:17, by Bentiu son

    What a conspiracy against Nuer Society? UNMISS should not abandon their mandate.Why do UNSC and UNMISS did not condemn when 17,613 Nuer unarmed civilians were cowardly murdered by Dinka led Government in Juba on 16-19/12/13? Why they failed miserable to take serous measures against Juba brutal regime when Nuer civilians were cowardly murdered by Salva Kiir’s government organized forces at their

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    • 26 April 2014 13:25, by Bentiu son

      watch inside UNMISS base in Bor Town on 17/4/14? Why UNSC upto the presence did not Pressured Uganda Government under well known meddlesome Yoweri Museveni and JEM and SRF leaders to withdraw their troops who are fighting in defense of Salva Kiir’s genocidal regime? Why making UNMISS n UNSC noises when our freedom fighters fought back those hired mercenaries of Salva Kiir JEM, SRF and SPLA?

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      • 26 April 2014 13:35, by Bentiu son

        Do those UNSC know that Bentiu town was razed to ashes by those Darfurians hired mercenaries JEM whom they are defensing? No! No!investigation shouldn’t be taken from untruthful government side who hunts to death their own civilians.Thus,We shall not let invaders and meddlesome mercenaries troops who left their course in Sudan n Uganda to kill our innocent civilians at our watch.

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        • 26 April 2014 16:38, by John The President

          Bentiu let not cry, the whole world has gotten the records about Riek from his first crime of 1991 in Bor when the ICC was busy in other part of the world to the present ones. in fact, would you really convince the world that Riek is not the one who has push South Sudan to the brink suffering. killing civilian in churches, in hospital beds and mossque constitute the very reason his rebellion is ba

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