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UN Wants Prosecutions for S Sudan War Crimes
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A UN rights commission in South Sudan said Friday there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

South Sudanese victims

South Sudan's four-year-old civil war has been characterized by extreme brutality and attacks on civilians.

But no high-ranking officials have been held to account, despite African Union promises to establish a special court to try alleged crimes.

"The court could be set up straight away and the prosecutor could begin working on indictments," Yasmin Sooka said, chairperson of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

"Under the peace agreement, those indicted can no longer hold or stand for office. Ultimately this is the only way to stop the rampant devastation of millions of human lives by South Sudan's leaders," she said.

The commission said it had forwarded a confidential list of suspects to the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein. Those named include three state governors, 33 generals and five colonels.

The report - based on 58,000 documents and 230 witness statements - is a litany of horrors and extraordinary cruelty. Some victims were beheaded, burned alive or had their throats cut, others had their eyes gouged out or were tortured.

Sexual violence was particularly prevalent with numerous accounts of gang rape and child rape, and in "cases reminiscent of Bosnia" of people forced to watch or participate in the rape of loved ones.

The UN commission said soldiers and officials loyal to both President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar were both responsible for crimes.

It dismissed arguments that undisciplined soldiers might be to blame saying both the government and rebel "military hierarchies functioned effectively in terms of issuance, transmission, and respect for orders".

The commission said its investigations had focused on incidents where it could make "the case for individual command responsibility for widespread or systematic attacks on civilians."

The commission also found widespread looting and deliberate ethnic attacks on entire communities and villages with the "destruction of dwellings... on an industrial scale."

"There is a clear pattern of ethnic persecution for the most part by government forces who should be pursued for crimes against humanity," Andrew Clapham said, one of the commissioners.

Describing South Sudan's justice system as "dysfunctional" the commission called on the AU to establish the 'Hybrid Court', modeled on tribunals in Sierra Leone, Cambodia and elsewhere.

"There is sufficient evidence to conclude that... the parties to the conflict are deliberately targeting civilians on the basis of their ethnic identity and by means of killings, abductions, rape and sexual violence, as well as the destruction of villages and looting. These acts constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity," the commission's report said.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

23-02-2018 | 13:32


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