South Sudan: UN rights official says violations still occur

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Posted: Feb 05, 2015 1:15 PM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Rights violations continue to happen in violence-prone South Sudan although the fighting is no longer intense, the United Nations assistant secretary-general for human rights said Thursday.

Ivan Simonovic told reporters Thursday during a trip to South Sudan that he met recent victims of violations such as rape.

"I have met victims of recent violations, victims of rape, victims who are survivors of killings, so violations are ongoing," he said. "Peace would be essential to prevent certain violations although some violations of human rights are not conflict-related."

South Sudan's warring factions have broken multiple agreements pledging a peaceful end to armed conflict in the world's newest country.

In the most recent agreement, signed this week in neighboring Ethiopia, President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar agreed to conclude a comprehensive peace deal to end the crisis in South Sudan before March 5.

Watchdog groups have accused both sides of committing rights abuses since violence broke out in December 2013.