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South Sudan: Global Action Needed to End Humanitarian Crisis :: Uganda Radionetwork
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South Sudan: Global Action Needed to End Humanitarian Crisis

Amnesty International has called for urgent and sustained international action to end what it calls horrific human rights violations taking place in South Sudan. In a statement today, Amnesty International says tens of thousands of people have been killed, thousands more subjected to sexual violence, and close to four million displaced since the conflict began exactly four years ago today.
Amnesty International has called for urgent and sustained international action to end what it calls horrific human rights violations taking place in South Sudan.

 

In a statement today, Amnesty International says tens of thousands of people have been killed, thousands more subjected to sexual violence, and close to four million displaced since the conflict began exactly four years ago today.

 

“Coordinated and sustained international action is needed now more than ever to end the suffering in South Sudan, especially as the rainy season ends and the dry season begins, heralding an escalation in fighting,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

 

Jackson calls on regional states and the international community to work together to find a lasting solution to the crisis and put an end to the litany of human rights violations.

 

The global rights body highlights “a devastating impact” the four-year conflict has had on civilians with “thousands of men, women and children being subjected to acts such as sexual assault by both government and opposition forces, some of which could amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes.

 

“In the Equatorial region, Amnesty International found that government and opposition forces cut food supplies to certain areas, systematically looted food from markets and homes, and targeted civilians carrying even the smallest amount of food across frontlines,” the rights body says in a statement.

 

Jackson says food has been used as a weapon of war, and as a result up to 4.8 million people are considered to be food insecure. “This state of affairs will continue, unless speedy action is taken to end the humanitarian crisis,” says Jackson.

 

Amnesty International calls for imposition of an arms embargo on all parties to the conflict and instituting concrete measures to deliver justice to victims of grave human rights violations, “chiefly through the setting up of the much-delayed Hybrid Court for South Sudan.”

 

During the prolonged conflict, journalists, human rights defenders, and opposition supporters have been harassed, arbitrarily arrested and in some cases tortured, reads the statement, adding that humanitarian workers have also been prevented from carrying out their duties.

 

Uganda is home to more than one million South Sudan refugees who continue to cross the border as the clashes, usually along ethnic lines, continue.

The war broke out on December 15, 2013 after President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr Riek Machar fell out. Both veterans of the Sudan civil war between 1983 and 2005, Kiir and Dr Machar each commanded forces largely from their respective ethnic tribes, the Dinka and the Nuer. They took over the leadership of South Sudan at independence in 2011 but fell out shortly after as the president accused his deputy of plotting to topple him. 

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