UN human Rights Council-appointed investigators have revealed that extreme violence and attacks involving thousands of fighters at a time, have engulfed more than three-quarters of South Sudan.
In a yet to be released report, the investigators also warned that the bloodshed and exactions faced by civilians are the worst recorded since the country’s civil war began in December 2013.
Other worrying developments include restrictions and self-censorship among journalists and pressure groups.
Highlighting a continuing lack of local and national State infrastructure, almost a year since the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan Yasmin Sooka noted that although the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement two years ago had led to a reduction in hostilities at the national level, the country has seen a massive escalation in violence locally.
Patrick Sallia reports