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South Sudan denies UN claim of ethnic cleansing

Authorities in South Sudan have denied clams by the UN that a process of ethnic cleansing is underway amid civil war in the country.

While strongly denying the claim, President Salva Kiir, whose troops were accused of using starvation, rape and the burning of villages as weapons of war said nothing of that nature has happened.

“There’s no such thing in South Sudan. There’s no ethnic cleansing,” he told Reuters.

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The UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) has earlier raised an alarm claiming government troops have been accused of using massacres, starvation, gang rape and the destruction of villages as weapons in the ongoing civil war.

“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,” chairwoman of the UNCHR Yasmin Sooka said.

“The stage is being set for a repeat of what happened in Rwanda and the international community is under an obligation to prevent it.”

 

 

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