South Sudan: Violence

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th May 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the killing of ten people and the rape of others at Emmanuel College, Goli, in South Sudan; and what representations they are making to the government of South Sudan to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

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The Embassy is investigating reports of an attack on internally displaced people sheltering at Emmanuel College in Goli. In South Sudan, human rights violations and the targeting of civilians are all too common. We regularly raise our concerns with the Government of South Sudan and with the opposition, and urge all to respect the cessation of hostilities, to protect civilians and to make the compromises needed to deliver a meaningful peace in South Sudan.

The UK strongly supports the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms in South Sudan, including the Commission for Truth Reconciliation and Healing and the Hybrid Court, both to promote healing and reconciliation for the victims of human rights violations, and to ensure that the perpetrators of such abuses are held to account for their crimes.

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