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11 Dec 2017 description

JUBA (11 December 2017) – Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan today began their fourth field mission to South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia which will last from 11 to 22 December 2017.

11 Sep 2017 description

Human Rights Council 36th session
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

11 September 2017

Distinguished President of the Council,
Colleagues, Friends,

As I enter the final year of my current mandate – a year which I will discharge with vigour and determination – I wish to begin with a few short reflections drawn from the past three years.

19 May 2017 description

UN report exposes human rights violations and abuses against civilians in and around Yei, South Sudan

GENEVA/JUBA (19 May 2017) - A United Nations report published today released the findings of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations and abuses committed in and around Yei town, Central Equatoria (150km southwest of the capital, Juba) between July 2016 and January 2017.

04 May 2017 description

GENEVA (4 May 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday urged the Government of South Sudan to halt any further military offensives towards Aburoc on the west bank of the River Nile in the Upper Nile region. The town holds between 35,000 and 50,000 people, most of whom arrived in recent weeks after terrifying journeys of up to 150 kilometres on foot, after SPLA* attacks on areas to the south of the town of Aburoc.

25 Apr 2017 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 25 April 2017
Subject: (1) South Sudan, (2) Maldives

(1) South Sudan

16 Jan 2017 description

South Sudan: Continued impunity following grave human rights violations in July 2016

GENEVA/JUBA (16 January 2017) – A UN report published today details the grave human rights violations and abuses – including killings and gang rapes – as well as serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in Juba during and after the fighting that occurred between 8 and 12 July 2016. Six months after the violence there remains widespread impunity, as violations continue unabated.

09 Dec 2016 description


GENEVA (8 December 2016) – “Unprecedented pressure on international human rights standards risks unravelling the unique set of protections set in place after the end of World War II,” according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Speaking in the run-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, Zeid also stressed it was within the power of every individual to play a role in pushing back against such pressures, and that many are already doing so.

25 Oct 2016 description

Spokespeople for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville on Iraq, Ravina Shamdasani on South Sudan

Location: Geneva

Date: 25 October 2016

Subject: (1) Iraq & (2) South Sudan

(1) Iraq

25 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (25 October 2016) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday warned that rising ethnic rhetoric, hate speech and incitement to violence against certain ethnic groups in South Sudan is highly dangerous and could result in mass atrocities if not reined in by community and political leaders at the highest levels.

04 Aug 2016 description

GENEVA (4 August 2016) – Preliminary UN investigations into recent fighting in South Sudan, and its aftermath, reveal Government security forces carried out killings and rapes, and looted and destroyed properties, the UN human rights chief said Thursday, as he called on the Security Council to take stronger action.

12 Jul 2016 description

Spokespersons for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Cécile Pouilly
Location: Geneva
Date: 12 July 2016
Subject: South Sudan

We are extremely concerned at the rapid deterioration of the security and human rights situation in South Sudan. Since Thursday, the capital Juba has experienced repeated clashes between soldiers loyal to President Kiir and those backing First Vice President Machar. So far, according to Government figures, at least 272 people have been killed, including 33 civilians.

11 Mar 2016 description

10 March 2016

Distinguished President, Excellencies,

Over the past ten days, many delegations have shared with me their alarm about the growing disarray in many countries. And among other issues, I have raised with many of them my concerns about arrests, harassment and spurious prosecutions of journalists, activists, political opponents and human rights defenders.

21 Jan 2016 description

Widespread human rights abuses by all sides as South Sudan peace process gets underway

JUBA/GENEVA (21 January 2016) – Widespread human rights violations and abuses have been committed in South Sudan by all parties to the conflict since December 2013, including hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual violence, forced recruitment and indiscriminate attacks against civilians, according to a UN report published today.

26 May 2015 description

The following statement was delivered today by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva:

22 May 2015 description

GENEVA (22 May 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday warned that the escalation of fighting in recent weeks between Government and opposition forces in South Sudan has resulted in alarming gross violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law and taken a terrible toll on civilians.

12 May 2015 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 12 May 2015
Subjects: (1) South Sudan, (2) Yemen, (3) Angola, (4) Indonesia and (5) Republic of Moldova

(1) South Sudan

15 Dec 2014 description

GENEVA (15 December 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday highlighted the “dreadful” situation of civilians in South Sudan, who are victims of targeted killings, looting and violence, and have been surviving in increasingly desperate living conditions since the conflict broke out a year ago today.

Zeid warned that there were deeply worrying indications that fighting would intensify now that the dry season had begun, and urged all parties to practice restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue and work to restore calm.

09 Sep 2014 description

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

09 May 2014 description

GENEVA (9 May 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Friday that a detailed new UN report describing gross violations of human rights in South Sudan “on a massive scale,” including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity, “underscores the extreme urgency of bringing the conflict to an end.”