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UN wants prosecutions for S,Sudan war crimes
UN wants prosecutions for S,Sudan war crimes

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

World Bulletin / News Desk

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.

But no high-ranking officials have been held to account, despite African Union (AU) 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," said Yasmin Sooka, 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 Ra'ad Al Hussein. Those named comprise 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.

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