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U.N.: South Sudan Forces Committed Potential War Crimes This Spring

HeadlineJul 11, 2018

The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote later this week on whether to impose an arms embargo against South Sudan, following a U.N. report outlining potential war crimes committed by government forces this past spring. This is Ravina Shamdasani from the U.N. Human Rights Office.

Ravina Shamdasani: “We found that between the 16th of April and the 24th of May, at least 232 civilians were killed, and many more were injured, in attacks by government and aligned forces and armed youth on these villages in opposition-controlled areas in Mayendit and Leer. The report also documents the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, with at least 120 women and girls raped or gang-raped, including children as young as 4. One 20-year-old woman was still bleeding from childbirth when she was raped.”

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