JUBA, (Xinhua) --
Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in
South Sudan on Friday said political violence has declined in
the country since the recent signing of the peace agreement by
warring parties, amid concerns on rising criminality and cattle
mission that concluded its visit to South Sudan observed in its
preliminary report however that there are growing concerns of
continued impunity by government troops and militias that
splintered from the main rebel group the Sudan People’s
Liberation Army-in opposition (SPLA-IO).
Yasmin Sooka, the
head of the mission team, told journalists in Juba that its
initial observation from its visits to Wau, Yei and Juba
revealed a decline in political violence and an increase in
criminality and cattle raiding linked to politics.
She noted that the
proliferation of armed groups with previous links to SPLA-IO
that have splintered into different factions in Yei.
said humanitarian workers in Yei have been under siege, citing
the recent abduction of 10 aid workers on April 27 and killing
of a UN peacekeeper on June 26 in an ambush targeting a
increasingly come under attack by various armed groups including
government soldiers,” Sooka said.
They disclosed that
there is complete absence of state action and accountability in
Yei for atrocities committed by both the government and armed
The UN experts also
noted that a large number of babies born out of rape have been
abandoned in the border town that bore heavy brunt of the war
during the wake of the renewed violence in July spreading to the
town near the Ugandan border that further led to massive
displacements to neighboring countries.
They added that the
government should move to act on solving the issue of illegal
occupation of land and houses in Yei of those returning people
that were displaced due to war to avoid reoccurrence of violence
“Houses are being
occupied by other ethnic groups. Many feel frustrated at the
government’s inaction on the return of land and homes to their
original owners and I think this is going to be a major
challenge in the country as the peace implementation begins to
take place,” said Sooka.
There was no
immediate comment from the government side.
President Salva Kiir,
rebel leader Riek Machar and other opposition groups signed the
Aug. 5 peace agreement in Khartoum to end over four years of