Geneva - Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in an oral statement, Solidarité Suisse Guinée and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor called on the Council and its member states to conduct independent and transparent investigations into serious violations of human rights in South Sudan, in particular regarding cases of rape against women and children.
Human rights violations and acts of violence in southern Sudan targeting women and children in particular have continued and even escalated over the past few months in an unprecedented manner, added the two organizations.
A large number of women, children and even men have been raped and sexually abused, others torture and/or killed in the oil-producing areas of southern Sudan for years, stated the two organizations.
Sixty-five percent of females and 36 percent of males have been sexually abused in southern Sudan, where fighters attack villages, kidnap women, loot houses and then burn them without justification, according to the two human rights groups.
Perpetrating such violations with impunity only means that they will continue to happen without effective deterrence, warned the two watchdog groups, demanding that suspects be brought to justice, citing a confidential list of names prepared by OHCHR.
Despite the signing of a peace agreement stipulating the cessation of hostilities between the parties to the conflict in September 2018, the agreement did not put an end to the gross violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, pushing Sudan into one of the worst humanitarian crises.