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Human rights abuses in South Sudan

UN steps up patrols, probes alleged human rights abuses in South Sudan  - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is seeking to verify reports of human rights violations in the conflict that erupted just over a month ago, a UN statement said.

PANA reports that the peacekeepers in the country are boosting patrols to ensure the security and safety of civilians.

The statement said the mission was working throughout the country to collect evidence and document on abuses, including in the capital Juba, and Bor, Jonglei State, where UN police and peacekeepers are sheltering more than 10,000 civilians.

About 79,000 civilians are being sheltered at eight UN bases throughout the country.

The statement also stated that UNMISS confirmed it had conducted 264 military and 61 police patrols in various parts of the country in the last 24 hours.

It noted that, in Leer, in Unity State, the mission has received credible reports of ongoing fighting in the town, 'but it is not in a position to verify and confirm this independently at this point'.

Fighting between anti- and pro-government troops has displaced more than 100,000 South Sudanese, the majority of whom have fled to neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.

Acting on the recommendation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Security Council last month unanimously approved a temporary increase in the strength of UNMISS of up to 12,500 military and 1,323 police from a current combined strength of some 7,000.

The increase was done through the transfer of units from other UN forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Darfur, Abyei, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.

Pana 02/02/2014