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Rights Group: South Sudan Army Violated Civilians in Wau

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 01:29 PM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese government soldiers killed, raped, tortured, and detained dozens of civilians in and around Wau town in the country's western Bahr el Ghazal state in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.

The report described abuses by mostly ethnic Dinka government soldiers against civilians of the local Fertit ethnic groups.

Soldiers tortured young men with electric shocks, shot elderly people in their homes and raped women while making their relatives watch, it said.

The atrocities took place before the government and rebels formed a transitional coalition government last month, said the report.

With all eyes on South Sudan's new coalition government in Juba, government soldiers have been "literally getting away with murder in the country's western regions," said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

Bekele called on the government to halt the abuses and support creation of a war crimes court to investigate those responsible for atrocities.

The army spokesman was unavailable for comment.

South Sudanese civil rights activist Edmund Yakani said the violence in Wau underscores the lack of progress toward peace despite the new coalition as some in the government are still trying to "clear out" any presence of opposition in the western Bahr el Ghazal area.

"Nothing is improved. It's getting worse and worse," Yakani said. "People are yearning for peace while violence is going on."

South Sudan's civil war began in 2013 pitting mostly Dinka government soldiers against mainly Nuer rebels and has killed tens of thousands of people. Both sides are accused of committing crimes against humanity.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his rival, Vice President Riek Machar, last month formed a coalition government to try and halt the violence but the tensions continue to simmer.

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South Sudanese government soldiers killed, raped, tortured, and detained dozens of civilians in and around Wau town in the country's western Bahr el Ghazal state in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.The report described abuses by mostly...
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