“The constant attacks on women, the rape, enslavement and slaughter of innocents; the recruitment of thousands upon thousands of child soldiers; the deliberate displacement of vast numbers of people in such a harsh and poverty-stricken country – these are abhorrent practices that must be halted,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said of the sitation in South Sudan, whose Office UN Human Rights compiled the report along with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), reported the UN News Centre.
The report detailed shocking instances of rapes and extra-judicial killings along with disappearances and sexual slavery. The number of attacks and human rights abuses have increased throughout the conflict in the country.
The UN has documented around 250 cases in the past year of women and girls who have been victims of sexual violence, some of who were then murdered. Between April and September last year, the UN estimates that 1,000 civilians have been killed, 1,600 women and children have been abducted and 1,300 women and girls raped, in parts of the north of the country.
Since December 2013 when conflict erupted in the fledgling country between troops supporting President Salva Kiir and those fighting for his former Vice-President Riek Machar, the UN reported 2.4 million people have been displaced and 650,000 have fled the country.
“Despite the severity of the human rights and humanitarian law violations perpetrated by both sides to the conflict, there are no tangible accountability mechanisms beyond the rhetoric of the main belligerents,” the report stated.
Reportedly, 13,000 to 15,000 children have been recruited as child soldiers, during the conflict, majority of which were enlisted by opposition forces.
In October last year the African Union released a report by the Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) which stated that both sides in the conflict had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.