UN Says South Sudan Army, Rebels May Have Committed Atrocities

South Sudanese government and rebel forces may have committed crimes against humanity such as murder and rape during the almost five-month-old conflict, the United Nations mission in the country said.

The UN mission found “reasonable grounds to believe” that violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by both sides, the organization said in a report published on its website today.

“‘In light of the widespread and systematic nature of many of the attacks, and information suggesting coordination and planning, there are also reasonable grounds to believe that the crimes against humanity of murder, rape and other acts of sexual violence, enforced disappearance, and imprisonment have occurred,’’ according to the report.

Conflict erupted in the world’s newest nation on Dec. 15 with President Salva Kiir accusing his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup, a charge Machar denies. Violence has left thousands of people dead and forced more than a million to flee their homes, according to the UN.

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