Rights Groups Urge South Sudan Arms Embargo


The parties to the conflict which erupted when South Sudan's government split in December 2013 are waging war through the targeted killing of civilians and the mass pillage and destruction of civilian property, says Human Rights Watch, adding its voice to calls for sanctions and an arms embargo.


Thousands of South Sudanese civilians are living in camps under the protection of United Nations peacekeepers.

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