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August 27, 2017 (PRETORIA) – Five South African-based human rights organisations have called on their government to urgently intervene to government to stop the gross human rights violations in South Sudan.

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South Sudanese refugees in White Nile State receive humanitarian assistance on 27 February 2017 (SUNA photo)

Abuses in South Sudan, according to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, include " the deliberate targeting of civilian populations on the basis of their ethnic identity by means of killings,abductions, unlawful detentions or deprivation of liberty, rape and sexual violence, and the burning of villages and looting".

The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide had earlier warned that there were indicators of genocide in South Sudan as scorched earth policies and the violent conflict put at risk an estimated 5 million people said to be food insecure.

David Bilchitz, Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), said “the situation has become utterly intolerable and is not receiving the priority attention it deserves so as to prevent the most shocking human rights violations. Silence in such a situation is complicity”.

Prof Bonita Meyersfeld, Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand stated, "South Africa, as an important voice on the African continent, must use all diplomatic means at its disposal to find a solution".

“The protection of civilians against deliberates killing, sexual violence, the destruction of their homesand famine must become a priority of the African Union and international community”, he added.

However, the conflict results from the eruption of violence between forces loyal to President Kiir and those loyal to the former Vice President Dr Riek Machar. The implementation of a peace agreement failed when fighting broke out in Juba in July 2016 between the two parties.

In the wake of this political dispute, thousands of more civilians have been displaced and forced to take refuge in South Sudan’s neighboring countries.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that almost two million refugees out of a population of 12 million have fled the world’s youngest nation.

However, Prof Frans Viljoen of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria said the South African government must become more engaged in addressing the conflict in South Sudan and act as a neutral party to help resolve the conflict.

Dr. Mispa Roux, the deputy director of SAIFAC urged South Africa’s government to use this opportunity to prove it is willing to act in conformity with international legal obligations to prevent the commission of genocide and crimes against humanity, prioritize the plight of the victims and not to submit to regional and national politics.

“This will restore South Africa’s reputation in the international community as a legitimate guardian ofhuman rights and a leader in preventing gross human rights violations”, stressed Roux.

The petition was signed by the South Africa Institute for Advanced Constitution, Public, Human Rights and International Law, Research Chair in International Law, University of Johannesburg (NRF), and The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, and The Centre for Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand and Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.

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  • 28 August 21:44, by padiit gaga

    To end human right violation in s.sudan it is importance,but it must not unless this primitive president is change his mind full alcohol even his lip is nub when he get drunk he used to order his soldiers to killed annoncent people. S.sudan need educated president who may treated all tribes equal

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  • 29 August 03:43, by Atemjak

    Those who are singing there is genocide in South Sudan are the very people who are arming communities in South Sudan and encourages them destabilize the nation while they know that Government will react and it will be bad for the forces the have organized, they went head and start singing that there will be genocide so that when the arm communities tergated specific communities who are known to

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  • 29 August 03:50, by Atemjak

    To be pro Government then the Government will do nothing because any move will view as attempts to make genocide therefore give evils forces chances to destroy control to serve the interests of international parties. So we know your given money by international forces to gage up South Sudan to make it ungovernable so that international forces will have a chance to take over the country, but let

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  • 29 August 03:56, by Atemjak

    Let remind you,’’ for South Sudan to be a country as it is today, it has claimed 2.5 million life if evils international forces when to it, they have to kill and 2.5 million and then they will take others eat your money and short up no single South African die for the birth of this country and we will not allow someone who don’t even know our history to take nonsense about the country we bleed bad

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  • 29 August 06:57, by Lenin Bull

    These so called Human Rights agencies in South Africa are stupid. They have not stopped criminals killing other fellow Africans shamelessly on zenophobic ground in South Africa. Shame on them. Please shut your imbecile mouths and beg money from the West/America on other issues not in the name of South Sudan. You don’t know what is happening in South Sudan which is being used as a guinea pig for UN

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  • 29 August 07:03, by Lenin Bull

    Contin...
    UN colonialism/trusteeship. This should be a source of concern for other proud dignified, and free fellow Africans in other parts of African continent. After South Sudan, it will be Burundi, CAR, Congo DR is already gone with MINUSCO, Sudan, etc. Is there no active intelligent brain in Africa anymore? Dr.Robert is growing old!!

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