South Sudanese getting gang-raped, tortured inhumanly, finds United Nations report

South Sudanese getting gang-raped, tortured inhumanly, finds United Nations report

South Sudanese getting gang-raped, tortured inhumanly, finds United Nations report

Across South Sudan, five years of ongoing conflict has uprooted more than four million people but peace efforts are under way both internationally and at grassroots level to end violence.

The security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan has not in the least abated.

"Holding those in charge in South Sudan accountable for the intentional suffering they inflict on their own people is crucial to stemming this humanitarian catastrophe", said Andrew Clapham, a member of the commission and an global law expert.

The report contains testimony from a mother who witnessed her son forced to rape his grandmother while his family was held hostage, and an 85-year-old woman who said she was gang-raped before watching the execution of her husband and son.

The report was prepared for the UN Human Rights Council.

The elderly have not been spared either.

In a report, released on Friday, investigators with the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, outlined allegations that military officials including generals and state governors had raped and murdered a number of civilians.

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The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions that have sought refuge in neighboring countries.

Another pregnant woman said she had seen suspected opposition fighters being tortured and killed.

South Sudan sentenced a South African ex-colonel to death on Friday after convicting him of trying to bring down the government. One woman told United Nations investigators that her 12-year-old son was forced to rape his grandmother if he wanted to stay alive. The same woman also saw her husband being castrated.

The scale of the hunger and destruction inflicted on the country by its political and military leaders defies description. Satellite images for example of the route from Yei town in Central Equatoria to the border with Uganda show 18,318 structures destroyed in a few months in 2017, most by fire.

"There is a clear pattern of ethnic persecution, for the most part by government forces, who should be pursued for crimes against humanity", Clapham said.

The Commission noted that South Sudan is a party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples & Rights; the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its Optional Protocol; and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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