UN Watch Statement

 Item 10 GD

Delivered by Kelsey Truman

Thank you, Mr. President.
UN Watch is deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
In regards to South Sudan, the report of the High Commissioner documents grave and alarming violations of human rights. These include mass executions, ethnic-based killings, murder, rape and other sexual violence.
The political struggle within the country has turned into an ethnic-based conflict. Hate speech and incitement in the media are encouraging the rape of women from different ethnic groups, the killing of civilians in hospitals, churches, mosques, and even in UN shelters.
On the 15th of April, hundreds of civilians were killed in mosques, hospitals, and markets. On the 16th of December 2013, a group of 300 Nuer men were slaughtered in a government building in Juba.
Nevertheless, political leaders have not yet publicly called for an end to such violence perpetrated by their supporters.
The conflict in South Sudan has already resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives and the destruction of major towns. More than one million people have been displaced or are seeking refuge abroad. The attacks continue to this day.
We are equally concerned with the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic. According to the BBC, the killings have caused a quarter of the country’s civilians to flee their homes, seeking to hide in the fields or in the bush. Seventy percent of the children no longer go to school and many are recruited as soldiers by the rebels.
Mr. President, UN Watch urges this Council to take immediate, concrete and effective action to protect millions of people in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, whose lives are on the line.
Thank you, Mr. President.

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