South Sudan: UN probe uncovers targeting of civilians, abductions, sexual violence

19 December 2014 – In a report issued today, the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has said there is reason to believe that at least 11 civilians were killed and several other serious rights abuses were committed during an attack by opposition forces on Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, in October this year.

Investigations into the incident are ongoing but the said Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan. &#8220I strongly condemn the targeting of unarmed civilians in the ongoing fighting and call on both parties to exercise restraint and respect the rights of non-combatants.&#8221