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'Ethnic Cleansing' Underway in South Sudan, Says UN Rights Team

AFP

First published: December 1, 2016, 9:53 PM IST | Updated: December 1, 2016
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'Ethnic Cleansing' Underway in South Sudan, Says UN Rights Team
A United Nations armored personnel carrier stands in a camp for the internally-displaced in Juba, South Sudan. (Photo:AP)

Juba: UN human rights experts on Thursday said "ethnic cleansing" was under way in South Sudan, after a 10-day visit to the world's youngest country where violence has soared since a peace deal collapsed in July.

"There is already a steady process of ethnic cleansing underway in several areas of South Sudan using starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages; everywhere we went across this country we heard villagers saying they are ready to shed blood to get their land back," said Yasmin Sooka of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

"Many told us it's already reached a point of no return."

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