The warring parties in South Sudan have been urged by the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS), David Shearer to “stop the suffering they are causing, take responsibility for the lives they have destroyed and to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians” as fighting intensifies once again in the north-eastern Upper Nile region.
No concerted effort” has been made by any of the warring parties in South Sudan to adhere to a ceasefire in the country, instead there has been an escalation in the conflict there, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, has said.
David Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, was addressing the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday.
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Lakes States journalists in a consultative meeting organized by UNMISS Human Rights Division on Thursday denounced unnecessary restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression.
Addressing the participants, the Human Rights Division team leader Mr. John Oziegbe said that freedom of expression, as enshrined in South Sudan’s legal framework, underpins democracy and encourages public participation in decision-making.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites [i]
- As of 20 April 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 218,653 including 121,225 in Bentiu, 30,559 in Malakal, 38,833 in Juba UN House, 1,956 in Bor, 651 in Melut and 179 in Wau, in Western Bahr El Ghazal adjusted area 25,250.
Highlights of the week:
A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country’s “biggest challenges” the UNMISS Human Rights Director has said.
Eugene Nindorera was speaking at the end of five-day visit to Wau in the north-west of South Sudan, where violence earlier in April led to the death of 19 government SPLA soldiers and at least 28 civilians according to state officials.
The killing of civilians in Wau town followed the ambush and killing of the SPLA soldiers by suspected SPLA-In Opposition fighters.