Government and Opposition Leadership Should Publicly Denounce Atrocities Committed by their Forces in South Sudan
Citizens for Peace and Justice
23 April 2014
Over the past week, details have emerged about atrocities committed by various groups in Bor and Bentiu, two state capitals in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region…
These most recent events are the latest in a series of war crimes and crimes against humanity that have been committed by all sides in this conflict, and yet another terrible reminder of the criminal manner in which the war is being fought. Since the earliest days of the conflict, when elements of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) went on a rampage killing hundreds of unarmed civilians in Juba, non-combatants have bourn the brunt of the harm. Government and Opposition forces have slaughtered the sick and elderly in their hospital beds, committed acts of rape and sexual mutilation, and killed children. Most recently, in Bentiu, forces controlling the radio station have been disseminating messages of hate and urging men to rape women.
Both side are blaming the other for being more brutal and killing more civilians, but neither has stepped up to publicly denounce atrocities committed by its own forces. The leadership of the two sides should call on their forces to stop targeting civilians and publicly denounce these incidents as the acts of cowardice they are…
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