Sudanese forces accused of gang rape

gang rapeFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – A SPATE of killings and sexual violence, including gang rape, has characterized the crisis that has escalated over the past six months in South Sudan.
The crisis worsened in July at the fifth independence celebrations in Juba where government and rebel forces clashed.
The aftermath of the fallout between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar has been dire with 300 000 civilians killed.
The United Nations yesterday (Monday) disclosed at least 217 civilians had been raped over the past six months.
According to victims’ testimonies and accounts, most cases of sexual violence were committed by Sudan People’s Liberation Army soldiers, police officers and members of the National Security Services.
Six months after the violence there remains widespread impunity, as violations continue unabated in the country with a population of over 11 million.
In total, a staggering 1,38 million South Sudanese have fled to other countries and another 1,8 million are displaced in their own country.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called for perpetrators to be brought to book.
“Concrete steps to halt this downward spiral must be urgently taken, beginning with justice and accountability.”

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