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UNSC condemns human rights violations in S. Sudan.

December 15, 2014 (JUBA) -- The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the serious human rights violations and abuses that caused the death of tens of thousands of civilians and displaced has nearly two million people in South Sudan.

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The council, in a statement, placed full responsibility of these tragic events on the country's leaders and urged them to compromise for the sake of peace.

"The Security Council underscores the significant importance of fighting impunity and ensuring accountability for serious violations and abuses of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law in South Sudan, and of continued delivery of life-saving and other humanitarian assistance to the South Sudanese people," partly reads the statement issued on Monday.

Talks between South Sudan government and the opposition are scheduled to resume on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital after they were postponed for weeks by the mediators, pending consultations.

The 15-member body urged the two warring parties to "engage fully and inclusively in ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa, uphold their commitment to establish a Transitional Government of National Unity, and allow and facilitate, in accordance with relevant provisions of international law and United Nations guiding principles of humanitarian assistance, the full, safe and unhindered access of relief personnel, equipment and supplies to all those in need and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance".

It's a year since South Sudan plunged into violence following disputes within it ruling party (SPLM).

The conflict reportedly overshadows the great hope and optimism felt by South Sudanese three years after the country gained its independence from Khartoum.

North and South Sudan fought over two decades of civil war, which ended with the 2005 signing of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Kenya.

Meanwhile, the world body reiterated the need to impose targeted sanctions on those it considers to be impeding the peace process.

Last week, South Sudanese officials criticised growing calls for sanctions, saying such measures would undermine the ongoing peace negotiations.


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Date:Dec 16, 2014
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