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South Sudan Security Forces Killed, Raped Civilians – U.N.

GENEVA, Aug 4 – Government soldiers and security forces in South Sudan executed civilians and gang-raped women and girls during and after ethnically-charged fighting last month in the capital Juba, the United Nations said on Thursday. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on the government of President Salva Kiir to

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South Sudan President Fires Ministers Allied to Rival Machar

By Denis Dumo JUBA, Aug 3 – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir fired six ministers allied to his long-time rival Riek Machar late on Tuesday, widening a political rift in the world’s newest nation and drawing threats of more fighting. Kiir filled the vacant posts, including petroleum minister, with people linked to a breakaway faction

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At Least 120 Cases of Sexual Violence in South Sudan Capital: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS, July 28 – The United Nations said on Wednesday there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan’s capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country’s rival leaders. Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in Juba for several

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Uganda Troops in South Sudan to Evacuate Citizens After Violence

By Denis Dumo JUBA, July 14 – Uganda’s army began evacuating citizens from inside neighbouring South Sudan on Thursday where fighting between forces loyal to the president and his rival has plunged the nation into its worst crisis since the end of a two-year civil war. After the civil war erupted in 2013, Uganda’s forces

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South Sudan’s Vice President Leaves Juba, Not Seeking War: Spokesman

By Denis Dumo JUBA, July 13 – South Sudan’s vice president has withdrawn with his troops to outside of Juba but is not planning for war, his spokesman said on Wednesday, as a ceasefire that ended heavy fighting with the president’s forces entered its third day. Forces loyal to longtime rivals Vice President Riek Machar

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272 Dead in South Sudan Fighting

By Denis Dumo JUBA, July 10 – At least 272 people have died in fighting between South Sudan’s rival factions in the capital Juba, including 33 civilians, a government source said on Sunday, as heavy gunfire erupted again in parts the city. The fighting broke out on Thursday and Friday between troops loyal to President

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South Sudan Peace Deal “At Risk” After Machar Delayed Return

By Denis Dumo JUBA, April 20 – Peace deal monitors in South Sudan said an unexplained delay of a rebel leader’s return to the capital Juba to form a unity government with his rival President Salva Kiir was endangering an agreement aimed at ending more than two years of violence. Riek Machar was due to

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U.N. Chief Urges Rival South Sudan Leaders to Form Government Soon

By Denis Dumo JUBA, April 18  – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the leaders of war-torn South Sudan to form a transitional government quickly and roll out other parts of a fragile peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of conflict. Ban made the comments in telephone calls on Sunday with

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Sudanese Forces Silence Female Activists with Violence, Rape

DAKAR, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sudanese security forces have used threats, assault and rape to silence female human rights activists, forcing many to abandon their work or flee the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Government officials have targeted women involved in protests and rights campaigns, including students, teachers, lawyers and

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