Yei, 19th May 2017. United Nations report published on Friday exposes human rights violations and abuses against civilians in and around Yei River State between July 2016 and January 2017.
UN Mission in South Sudan or UNMISS Human Rights Division files violations and abuses against civilians at both sides of the conflict, based on ethnicity.
The report indicates that the abuses and violations include 114 killings by pro-government forces.
It exposes indiscriminate shelling of civilians, targeted killings, looting and burning of civilian property and cases of sexual violence against women and girls.
The extent of the abuses by armed opposition groups remains unclear due to lack of access to areas where the groups are active, it adds.
The report finds that the violations and abuses may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, requiring for further investigation.
It documents “the profound human suffering caused by the ongoing conflict and the exploitation of local and ethnic divisions for political ends.”
“The conflict in Yei, highlights the startling level of impunity in South Sudan, which has fed successive cycles of violence across the country”, the report states.