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UN human rights experts to conduct visits to East Africa 

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan on Monday begun their fifth field mission to Juba and will also later this week visit Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia, the UN rights body said.

The UN rights commission said Yasmin Sooka (chairperson), Andrew Clapham and Barney Afako will be in South Sudan for five days to discuss human rights situation in the country.

“They are expected to meet government officials including the First Vice President and key ministers, members of civil society, religious leaders, diplomats and UN agencies and staff of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, David Shearer, to discuss the current human rights situation in the country,” it said in a statement issued in Juba.

The commissioners also intend to visit camps for internally displaced persons across the country, including UNMISS Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites, to meet the people living there, community leaders and civil society organizations.

The UN rights body said the Commissioners will separately visit Uganda, Sudan and Kenya between Aug. 25-29, where they will visit refugee camps and settlements along the South Sudanese border.

It said the Commissioners will conclude their mission in Ethiopia on Aug.30-31 holding meetings with African Union leaders, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), senior UN officials, as well as other members of the international community.

The commission will present an oral update on the human rights situation in South Sudan to the Human Rights Council on Sept. 17 and a comprehensive written report in March 2019.

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