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As violence continues in South Sudan, UN calls for special court

NAIROBI, Kenya –The UN’s Commission on Human Rights field operations office in South Sudan has expressed strong concerns over renewed fighting in the country which has forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

The commission said armed men have and continue to attack villages, taking women as sexual slaves and setting fire to homes, often with people inside.

The World body’s right group says there has been an increase in the number of rapes cases in South Sudan.

The Commission is therefore calling on the government and all other forces to respect the peace agreement signed last year.

The commission stressed the need for a special court to be set up as well as a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing in order to end impunity and help build sustainable peace in South Sudan.

Incumbent President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, signed a peace agreement last year to end the civil war which broke out in 2013 but violence and rape continue.

Image of South Sudan’s violence

Meanwhile, dozens of activists in the United States, the UK and France are mobilizing to urge the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prepare an indictment for key leaders of South Sudan who continue to inflict suffering on their people. 

The activists are calling for the unconditional indictments of President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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