The U.N. human rights office has condemned an assault by police on its top official in South Sudan.
A spokesman says the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights' representative in the newly independent nation was severely beaten at his hotel in Juba, the capital, on Saturday.
Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday that the official, Benedict Sannoh, had refused to allow police to search his room and possessions before the assault.
He says Sannoh, a Liberian, was hospitalized for five days and is now receiving medical treatment outside the country.
The human rights situation in South Sudan remains fragile since its independence July 9 from Khartoum after decades of civil war.
Since Aug. 19 some 600 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in South Sudan.